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Loyola University nursing students help host health fair

Monday December 3, 2012
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Hundreds of people attended a health fair and flu shot clinic at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago earlier this month, according to a news release. The event was hosted by Loyola University Chicago nursing, dietetics, exercise science, medical and health systems management students.

The theme was green health, and it focused on healthy eating through farmerís markets and local community gardens. Other topics included exercise, air quality, how to dispose of medication, water quality, lead in the home and allergens.

"This was a tremendous interdisciplinary effort led by the school of nursing to improve the health of the community," Sandi Tenfelde, RN, PhD, WHNP, assistant professor with the Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing in Maywood, Ill., said in the release.

About 100 people received free flu shots. Attendees also received blood pressure and body mass index screenings.

"The health fair offered an outlet for underserved populations to obtain valuable resources, which they might not otherwise receive," Tenfelde said. "This event also provided our students with a great opportunity to collaborate with the community to begin to understand the unique needs of their future patients." •

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