Genetics students to lead forums during “Vision: Health at Vision_Tek”

Vision Health posterBethany College genetics students will lead forums on “his” and “her” health and Type II diabetes during the Lindsborg Community Hospital’s “Vision: Health at Vision_Tek” on Tuesday, Oct. 22, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. The event is possible thanks to grant funding from the Smoky Valley Community Foundation’s Healthy Living Fund and the McPherson County Community Foundation’s D/N fund.

The forums will address gender-specific cancers, an overview of colon cancer, and the role of genetics in disease, risk factors for each disease, strategies for prevention, how and when to visit with your medical provider, and the value of self-examination and screening tests.

“We are extremely grateful for the opportunity to provide participants the information they need to take control of their health,” says Assistant Professor of Biology Lauren Ivan, Ph.D. “Our goal is to create a fun and engaging space for participants to learn what action steps they can take towards better health and how to get the most out of a visit to a medical provider.”

Interactive educational stations will be available on the topics of osteoporosis, exercise at any age, and safe sun exposure.  Participants may choose to take on-line health assessments to evaluate heart attack and stroke risk, and compare chronological age to real age.  Vision_Tek staff and students will be available to help anyone needing computer assistance.

“We wanted to place a different spin on a health fair by providing information via on-line assessments, educational forums, and interactive displays. It will also serve as an opportunity to get people geared up for the much requested return of a community-wide ‘weight war’ similar to those previously hosted by the hospital,” said Betty Nelson, director of marketing and development at the hospital.

Larry Van Der Wege, hospital administrator, says, “We are so grateful to have community partners like BethanyCollege and USD 400 to assist us in this educational event.  Assisting a population in maintaining its health requires more and more partnerships and this is but one example.  I encourage everyone to come out and engage in learning more about their health.”

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