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A visitor gets a back massage at the NHTI Wellness Fair. Courtesy photo.




NHTI Wellness Fair 

Where: Dr. Goldie Crocker Wellness Center at NHTI, 31 College Drive, Concord
When: Tuesday, April 5, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
Cost: Free admission
Visit: nhti.edu 




A feel-good fair
Health screenings, demos and more at Wellness Fair

03/31/16
By Angie Sykeny asykeny@hippopress.com



 Take a day to focus on your health and wellbeing at the 21st annual NHTI Wellness Fair on Tuesday, April 5, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The theme is “Don’t  Froget Your Health This Leap Year.” Over 35 exhibitors representing health-related community organizations and NHTI’s health programs will be stationed inside the Dr. Goldie Crocker Wellness Center on the NHTI campus in Concord. 

Visitors can receive information about health issues and organizations, discover what products and services are available locally, see demonstrations and take part in free health screenings.  
“There are various things the exhibitors do. It just depends on how each one wants to display whatever topic they’re presenting,” said Sue Dal Pra of NHTI’s Health Services department, which is organizing the fair. “A lot of exhibitors will do demonstrations and incorporate that into their educational exhibits, and some will just provide information.” 
Some of the health topics covered at the Wellness Fair include weight management, fitness and exercise, nutrition and nutritional diseases; mental health, stress relief and counselling services; oral hygiene and vision health; melanoma, sun damage and sun protection; wigs and mastectomy products; radiology, acupuncture and more.  
NHTI nursing students will be providing health screenings like blood pressure checks, fat analysis, cholesterol and glucose tests. They’ll also be demonstrating some casting and splinting techniques used for treating injuries. 
There will be exhibitors offering free massages, interactive posture evaluations, smoothie samples and personal color analysis to help people dress their best. 
“[The exhibitor] will tell you what colors go with your skin and will give you tips on what colors to wear,” Dal Pra said. “It’s useful for something like an interview, and it helps with self-esteem because you’ll look and feel good.”
The Wellness Fair will also have information about community resources for safe driving, domestic and sexual violence, homelessness, disabled and elderly persons, public health, substance abuse, transportation, volunteering and youth mentoring. 
Lastly, there will be opportunities for people to help others, such as registration to become a bone marrow donor, information about becoming an organ donor and a Red Cross blood drive held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Bloodmobile parked on the NHTI Quad just outside the fair (photo ID required). 
Dal Pra said the Wellness Fair gives people a chance to refocus on their health and wellbeing and get up-to-date information about what’s going on in the variable world of health. 
“Things change over the years. Look at immunizations. Immunizations are changing all the time,” she said. “[At the fair], the public gets to learn about different services that are out there that they don’t know about, and learn about all the new and upcoming things in health.”  





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