March 25 health fair offers screenings, services, education

Health Services, Human Resources and Bacchaus are sponsoring the annual health and wellness fair from from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, in the Henry Student Center Ballroom.

This year’s screenings, services and presenters include chiropractic evaluations, diabetes education, sex education, fitness education, massages, alcohol screening, contraception, smoking cessation, bone density screening, blood pressure, blood glucose as well as access to a nutritionist and representatives from Wilkes’ medical and vision insurances.

Health Services in conjunction with Commonwealth Health Laboratories will perform a free cholesterol level screening. Anyone interested in the screening must fast for 12 hours prior to the blood sample drawing, except for daily medications with a small sip of water.

Stroke prevention and thyroid screening will also be available.

Stroke prevention screening has been designed to help people learn what is going on inside the carotid arteries where 80 percent of all strokes occur.

Performed by a trained health professional, an ultrasound wand will be scanned over the carotid arteries in your neck. The screen does not use needles or dyes and is completely painless.

The total cost for the screenings is $30. The Human Resources Department is donating $10 to offset the cost. The balance of $20 can be paid via cash, check, credit card or flexible spending account. The carotid and thyroid screenings are by appointment or walk-ins welcome. Call Health Services at 570-408-4730.

The university’s credit union, the W-BEE Federal Credit Union, will be on site and will have forms to open accounts.

Students, staff and faculty are invited to attend.