Burton – The senior nursing students in Community Health Nursing at Kent State University at Geauga planned and implemented a community health and wellness fair on Wednesday, March 16th at the Geauga Campus in Burton. Several community agencies participated, including: the Department on Aging with a balance screening, Visiting Angels, River of Life, WIC, MRC, Briar Hill, Mental Health Association, Lake Geauga Recovery, Geauga Medical Center Orthopedics, Parkside Care Corps, and Middlefield Library. Four KSU departments had tables: the library, student services, Geauga Student Nurse Association, and the School of Public Health.
Six majors or disciplines were represented by student poster presentations: psychology, sociology, nutrition, microbiology, geology, and nursing. The students researched health-related topics and designed posters bringing theory to practice, sharing this information with the public visitors at the fair. The senior nursing students researched topics related to the health of the people in our Geauga Community, presented information on health promotion and disease prevention, and did health screenings such as blood pressures, pulse oximetry readings, height and weight measurements, and body mass index calculations. With these screenings they offered possible interventions to improve the participant’s health such as increasing activity, follow up with health care providers, and improving health through better food choices. During the month of April, the students will take their poster presentations to area senior centers to share their research.