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PEHS and The Loyola School-Based Health Center Promote Wellness and Health

March 28, 2017 09:51 AM
Proviso East students participated in the annual two-day health fair on March 22-23, 2017 during their PE, Health, Driver and Safety Education, and ROTC periods. Close to 1,000 students participated each day. The health fair is organized by the School-Based Health Center, operated by Loyola University School of Nursing, located at Proviso East High School. The purpose of this event was to educate high school students about health and wellness. Students received a punch card with a list of all the exhibits and received class credit for obtaining a certain number of punches on the card. This exercise encouraged students to engage with presenters and learn about the topics that were showcased. 
Proviso East students, faculty and students from the Loyola University School of Nursing, Stritch School of Medicine, Social Work, and Public Health displayed exhibits on topics that included: nutrition facts labels, diabetes, obesity prevention, mental health, and study skills. Proviso East students were excited to present their research findings on health-related topics that ranged from high-blood pressure to the effects of driving under the influence of alcohol. The students creatively displayed their knowledge and spoke passionately about health prevention and wellness issues.
Community organizations, such as Athletico Health, Catholic Charities, Maywood Youth Mentoring, and Proviso Partners for Health, also played a major role in contributing to the success of the health fair. Community agency representatives informed students about health and wellness resources.
Ms. Addie Van Zwoll, the School-Based Health Center Clinical Social Worker, has coordinated the two-day health fair for the last five years and has seen this event grow. Ms. Zwoll mentioned that each year the number of requests from students and community organizations to participate in the event increases. This year, the health fair grew by twenty more organizations, compared to last year.
 "The 2017 health fair was a huge success and I was also glad to see administrators from all levels supporting our students at the health fair. Each year I look forward to seeing the students engaged with presenters and ask great question," stated Ms. Zwoll.


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