UFV nursing students offer knowledge for all ages at health fair

Whether you’re interested in old age heart health or dental care for preschoolers, an upcoming event will have information that can help you or a family member.

Whether you’re interested in old age heart health or dental care for preschoolers, an upcoming event will have information that can help you or a family member.

On Friday, Oct. 21, the University of the Fraser Valley fourth year nursing students are holding their annual health fair at Sevenoaks  Shopping Centre in Abbotsford.

At the day-long event, students who are currently taking their community health nursing course will be offering free information on six topics: bone health for women, heart health, drinking and driving for young adults, dental health for preschoolers, child safety for 0-2 year olds, and the benefits of breastfeeding.

Organizing the information fair is part of their community education training, explains UFV Nursing instructor Sheila Edwards. Students in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program pick a health issue to research and then create a display to present the information to the public as part of their curriculum. Students will be actively encouraging people to view their display and engage in discussion. Some will even have games and prizes.

“It gives the students a chance to share what they know about that topic with the public, and allows them to be creative when developing the display and making sure it’s evidence based,” says Edwards. “The public can certainly learn something about topics that may be important to them or their family members.”

“There’s something for everybody,” adds Edwards, citing that there will be information about infant care to older men and women with heart disease.

UFV nursing students have hosted the public health fairs for more than 10 years. This year, the event takes place on a professional development day, allowing school-aged kids to observe and take part.  The health fair will run from 9:30 a.m. –9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21 at Sevenoaks Shopping Centre in the section near the Dollar Giant.

For more information about the event, contact Sheila Edwards at 604-795-2817, or 604-504-7441, local 2500.

UFV offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, a Licensed Practical Nurse certificate, a certificate in Health Care Assisting, a Dental Hygiene diploma, and a Certified Dental Assisting certificate.

For more information about UFV’s Health Sciences programs, call 604-795-2817, or 604-504-7441, local 2817 or visit www.ufv.ca/health.htm.

Just Posted

Bail denied for alleged Chilliwack firearm thief convicted of similar crime in Alberta

Andrew Scott Charpentier charged with numerous offences after guns seized from Reece Avenue address

Figures reveal spike in highway traffic jams between Abbotsford and Langley

Nearly one in 20 westbound vehicles between Abbotsford and Langley clocked at under 60 km/h

Taser takedown in Chilliwack complex after incident gets violent

Male suspect became agitated under questioning and repeatedly punched an officer

Agassiz man pleads guilty in snake venom death of toddler

Plea comes more than five years after the incident in North Vancouver

Young Chilliwack singer launches career with French classic

Deanne Ratzlaff performs as featured vocalist in La Vie en Rose in Chilliwack, London and Paris

VIDEO: Find Me My Furever Home – Moni at the Chilliwack SPCA

This week’s animal is Moni, an obedient 10-year-old Australian shepherd cross at the Chilliwack SPCA

Canadian high school science courses behind on climate change, says UBC study

Researchers found performance on key areas varies by province and territory

UPDATE: One dead after house fire in rural Maple Ridge

Dewdney Trunk Road closed, traffic being re-routed

Six inducted into BC Hockey Hall of Fame

The 26th ceremony in Penticton welcomed powerful figures both from on and off the ice

Highway 1 closed near Revelstoke

No estimated time for opening

CRA program to help poor file taxes yields noticeable bump in people helped

Extra money allows volunteer-driven clinics to operate year-round

RCMP investigate two shootings in the Lower Mainland

Incidents happened in Surrey, with a victim being treated at Langley Memorial Hospital

Recall: Certain Pacific oysters may pose threat of paralytic shellfish poisoning

Consumers urged to either return affected packages or throw them out

Most Read