Belmont University will host a Community Health Fair from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Sat., Jan. 28 in the Maddox Grand Atrium of the Curb Event Center in conjunction with the men’s and women’s basketball games against Jacksonville.
The fair, which is free and open to the public, will feature 30 booths with information and health screenings available.
“Belmont has always been supportive of the community and has done a lot of partnering and programming in the area surrounding campus. This is a continuation of those services to share information,” said Director of Health Services Katy Wilson. “Students from all of the health sciences programs, athletics department and fitness and recreation center will be heavily involved in the fair.”
The Community Health Fair is intended to put wellness and preventive health resources within reach of Belmont’s neighbors and fans with screenings, pamphlets and prizes. Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Renfrew Center, Edgehill Community Garden, Edgehill Family Resource Center, YMCA and Real Food Farms also will have booths. Opportunities throughout the day include blood pressure, body composition and bone density screenings; CPR demonstrations; and information on tobacco cessation, breast cancer awareness, diabetes, healthy eating, self defense and recreation.
Although the event marks the first Community Health Fair at Belmont, it is an extension of the annual Pink Zone through an initiative with the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association and Susan G. Komen for the Cure to promote breast cancer awareness. The women’s basketball team will wear pink uniforms. Fans will receive free pink T-shirts and pom poms.
“We have been fortunate to have a long-standing relationship with Susan G. Komen’s Nashville office. They will set up a table in the hope of interacting with fans on game day,” Director of Athletics Marketing Jimmy Frush said. “We chose this double header to reach a wide variety of people, ages and genders and to feature the College of Health Sciences’ many different programs and departments. Hopefilly it will deliver a valuable service to the fans coming to the game.”
The Athletics Department is offering discounted basketball tickets to the public, at $5 for adults and $1 for youth K-12. Click here to purchase tickets and use “health” as the promotion code.
Health Services hosted a similar campus-only health fair in October that targeted Belmont students, faculty and staff and gave health services and pharmacy students an unprecedented opportunity to gain hands-on experience while on campus.