Health fair to focus on teens - February 13, 2006
Teens across the area will participate in Anthis Career Center's second annual Focus on Health event Tuesday, Feb. 14 at the center, 1200 S. Barr St. Geared specifically to high school students, the event was the brainchild of a dozen students in the Anthis Career Center Introduction to Medical Assistants class last year. Tomorrow, the fair will top last year's attendance of 700 - they are expecting 1,000 teens to go through the screenings. Touting the theme, Knowing is Living, the event is designed to help teenagers make informed choices about health habits and lifestyles. The daylong event will feature a coffee house atmosphere where small groups of 20 students will attend half-hour sessions beginning at 8:15 a.m. and continuing through 2:45 p.m. at Anthis, 1200 S. Barr St. This will be a tremendous benefit to so many teens, said Alicia Hill, health educator at Anthis, adding, Our students have done an excellent job organizing this event for their peers. While teens can participate in the county's highly successful Focus on Health events, the students felt concentrating on an event just for teens would allow them to take aim at their specific health concerns, such as relationships and body image. On Tuesday, students will be offered free health screenings including blood pressure readings, height/weight, BMI, vision/hearing screening, dental health check and flexibility testing. There is a charge for the blood chemistry exam, if students elect to take it. Focus on Health and the Anthis Allied Health Careers Department is coordinating the screenings. Healthcare professionals, Anthis health instructors and students are donating their time to provide assistance in the health checks and registration areas during the event. Guest speakers will conduct the small-group sessions, designed specifically to address teen concerns. Topics of the half-hour sessions which will run throughout the day are: recreational drugs, body image, emotional health, relationships and reproductive health. Students will choose one topic. Students will also have the opportunity to view 20 health booths from over 20 health agencies which include AIDS Task Force, Summit Plastic Surgery, Lutheran Health Network, Parkview Hospital, Hope Center, Center for Non-violence, Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control and more. Each student will be given a bracelet to reflect the day stating Knowing Is Living.