Boise State University’s 15th annual Boise State Health Fair encourages the campus and Treasure Valley communities to “B a Stronger U” by offering a wide variety of health related information, services and vendors.
Coordinated by health education and promotion students at Boise State, this year’s fair is from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 16 in the Student Union Jordan Ballroom. A wide variety of exhibits including health screenings, fitness assessments, flu shots, smoking cessation, massage, financial planning and stress management will be available.
“This is a great event that helps the campus and surrounding community access quality health resources,” said Caile Spear, professor of kinesiology and faculty adviser overseeing planning for the event. “We hope everyone will take advantage of this opportunity to gather information about their healthy living in a fun and friendly atmosphere.”
Everyone is invited to the free event to learn more about what it takes to “B a Stronger U.” Free parking will be available.
More than 50 vendors from around the Treasure Valley will have exhibits and services offering:
• Information on health, nutrition and fitness
• Fitness assessments
• Body fat testing
• Hearing and vision screenings
• Free HIV testing
• Old eyeglasses and pharmaceutical take-back
Greg Patton, Boise State’s head tennis coach, will open the fair with brief remarks at 10 a.m. and naturopathic physician/author Andrew Myers will be on hand to sign his books “Simple Health Value” and “Health is Wealth.”
Also, the Idaho Food Bank will be conducting a food drive. Those donating two non-perishable food items will be entered into a drawing to win a $100 gift card to Barbacoa.
In addition, Boise State’s Environmental Health & Safety office is partnering with the Boise Police Department and the Idaho Board of Pharmacy to provide a pharmaceutical take back initiative. Attendees are invited to bring in their unused, out-of-date and unwanted medicines for collection and proper disposal.
Removal of outdated and unwanted medications helps prevent illicit drug use and accidental poisonings. Current practice is to flush unwanted medications or to throw them away in a landfill. These practices do not allow for adequate de-commissioning and treatment and results in trace amounts of these chemicals in our groundwater and rivers.
For acceptance, all medications must:
• Be in their original containers
• Have original labels
• Include legible information about the medication (personal information may be crossed out)
A Boise Police officer will accept pharmaceutical products, both over-the-counter and prescribed, at the Boise Police Department booth at the health fair. They will stay in his/her custody and be disposed of by incineration or autoclaving.
Media Contact: Mike Journee, University Communications, (208) 426-1517, firstname.lastname@example.org
About Boise State University
As an emerging metropolitan research university of distinction, Boise State University plays a crucial role in the region’s economic development and famed quality of life. Idaho’s largest institution of higher education offers nearly 200 degrees and certificates in seven colleges. While remaining committed to the strong teaching legacy that has resulted in 11 Idaho Professor of the Year awards since 1990, Boise State’s added emphasis on innovation and creativity is fueling the fastest growing research program in Idaho.