Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Ferris State University Divisions Team Up For Community Health Day


BIG RAPIDS - Community Health Day is a special collaborative effort bringing together various divisions of the Ferris State University.

The Athletics Department, the College of Allied Health Sciences, the College of Optometry and the College of Pharmacy are again joining forces to present Community Health Day on Saturday, Feb. 6, in the Ewigleben Sports Complex (the corridor between basketball arena and the ice arena). The event is being held in conjunction with the Ferris State University women's and men's Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference basketball games against the University of Findlay. The women's contest begins at noon while the men's game tips off at 2 p.m. in Big Rapids.

Community Health Day begins at 12:45 p.m. and runs through 3:15 p.m.

"Community Health Day works hard to educate and promote healthy living and we're excited for our fans that they will benefit from these groups being here," said Jon Coles, associate director of the Ferris Athletics Department. "All of the relationships we're showcasing this week (Festival of the Arts, Community Health Fair, Colleges vs Cancer) will continue to flourish over time. All these events will turn into long standing traditions that athletics is very proud of."

Health-related information will be available on tables set up throughout the concourse area for those attending the games and benefiting from Community Health Day. Information about breast cancer awareness, diabetes. hypertension, immunizations and oral health will be available. Also, free screenings will be held for blood glucose, blood pressure, diabetes and oral cancer as part of this special fair.

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