UNCW Public Health Students Collaborate with D.C. Virgo to Host Health Fair

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Public health students at UNCW are collaborating with D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy to hold a health fair for D.C. Virgo students, parents, staff and community members. The “Super Health Fair” will be held at D.C. Virgo Nov. 16 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Students in UNCW’s “Health Program Implementation” class are offering education for the event to provide D.C. Virgo students the opportunity to interact with college students. Attendees can also learn about various health topics, including screen time, outdoor safety, asthma, car safety, healthy eating, mental health/bullying, hygiene, diabetes, tobacco, oral health, physical activity, and blood pressure. The class is taught by Leah Mayo, coordinator for the NC Public Health Training Center & Center for Healthy Communities at UNCW.

“The planning of the health fair has given students the opportunity to learn more about the community, resources available, and to partner with other agencies to serve as vendors at the event,” Mayo said.

Mayo hopes this applied learning experience will be valuable to these students as future health educators, as they will likely be tasked with planning and executing events like health fairs for future employers. Orchestrating the event allows them to use the skills they’ve learned in their past and current coursework for a real-life situation.

UNCW students and Wilmington community members are encouraged to attend. Education and activities offered will prove valuable to anyone looking to increase their health awareness and awareness of local services and accessible resources, as well as become motivated to make positive health behavior choices. Free refreshments and raffle prizes will be offered.

-- Brea Perry ’20