Students at Proviso East High School recently picked up some tips and information on living a healthy lifestyle and avoiding poor health choices at a student health fair held in the Proviso East Fieldhouse.
The health fair, sponsored by Loyola University’s School-Based Health Center at Proviso East, provided information on a variety of health topics, including the effects of energy drinks, the dangers of drunken driving, suicide, drug use, and stress relief. Students learned information about how to avoid dangerous behaviors and how to promote healthier ones.
"We were learning about diseases and stuff," said Brandon Morgan, a Proviso East sophomore. "I’m glad I came and learned some new stuff and paid attention to it because it was good information."
Mr. Ben Goslawski, a Proviso East health teacher, said that he hoped the information that the students have learned in class were enhanced by the presentations and demonstrations in the fair.
"Maybe they saw something that we potentially overlooked or found some topics that they found some interest in so when we get to those topics, they’ll say that they remembered that from the health fair, and ask more specific questions," he said. "With some of these things, hopefully when we get to them, their curiosity will be piqued already."
At the fair, students learned about the dangers of smoking, learned about how alcohol can impair a person as they tried walking with vision impairment goggles, and the medical effects of high caffeine on a person, among other topics.
Tiera Toney, a Proviso East freshman, did a presentation on sexually transmitted diseases because of family connections and what she learned in class.
"I have a family member who had it, and I didn’t really know about it," she said. "Coming from the experience of having a family member with it, it caught my interest."
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