Cabrini hosts health fair

By Karli Morello
April 12, 2007

Meghan Hurley

Cabrini held its health fair in the Nerney Field House in the Dixon Center on Thursday, March 24. There were a number of stations set up in the gym testing cholesterol, blood pressure, strength and endurance and more.

Kristen N. Roscioli, a registered dietitian from St. Christopher’s Pediatric Associates, staffed the first station at the door. She was there to answer any questions that students had about maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

“Students can come to me with healthy eating questions and what are good choices when they eat in the dining hall,” Roscioli said. “I also get a lot of questions about diabetes and what food athletes should eat for fuel before a game or practice.”

At the next station was Cabrini counseling services where students could fill out a form answering questions about their alcohol intake. The counselors would then assess the answers and according to one’s weight, would explain how much alcohol in a certain period of time could affect a person.

Counseling services also offered pamphlets on alcoholism, binge drinking and mixing alcohol with medicine. They offered a lot of information that college students may not know a lot about.

Fiona Bride, a senior exercise science and health promotion major, was signing people up for the muscular, strength and endurance testing. “They are testing what your strengths are by grip and bench pressing abilities,” Bride said. “They also tell you what you need to do to increase your strength.”

They had different devices for testing these abilities like flexibility, a set of stairs, a medicine ball and weights. They would also test body fat percentage according to weight, height and age.

A few popular stations frequented by women were osteoporosis and skin cancer screening. To test whether or not a woman was prone to osteoporosis they would put a person’s foot in a device where two membranes filled with warm water and pressed against the ankle.

Blue Cross Blue Shield was conducting skin cancer screenings where a person would put his or her head under a curtain and look into a mirror under a black light and they could see all sun damage they have acquired so far in their life.

There were a lot of different stations that gave Cabrini students and faculty a lot of useful health information.

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