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The Pikeville Campus of National College held its fifth annual Healthy Fun Fair Thursday, July 26, and organizers are saying it was the best ever, with more than 1,000 in attendance at the event.


A wide variety of state and local government agencies and community groups partnered with the campus to provide free medical services and screenings, useful information and other services, as well as food, drinks, and a variety of games and fun activities for all ages.


“The Healthy Fun Fair is a special day about community and partnership,” said Campus Director Tammy Riley. “National College students, alongside the professional medical community, partner to provide a fun environment that promotes health education and delivers free medical services.”


Beginning at 10 am, area residents arrived at the campus and could make their way through a variety of information booths and treatment rooms. Among others, the “D.O.’s on the Go” from the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine conducted a variety of diagnostic services; National College nursing students calculated BMI (body mass index) and took blood pressure readings; Highlands Regional Hospital provided blood laboratory screenings for lipids and blood sugar/A1C (with blood draws performed by National College nursing, medical assisting, and phlebotomy students); Big Sandy Health Care offered a mobile dental clinic; and the YMCA conducted Zumba classes on site. Many more organizations provided information and services, all free of charge.


One of the highlights of the day was a simulated ATV accident – an all-too-common occurrence in rural Kentucky. Local first responders demonstrated first aid and patient transport techniques, while two medical evacuation helicopters, one each from Questcare and Transtar, landed at the campus in a display of their advanced capabilities for rushing patients to area trauma centers and hospitals in the event of dire need.


Medical assisting student Kristen Daniels was one of many student volunteers. “I had so much fun!” she exclaimed afterwards. “I know I helped every person who walked away from me that day…some were relieved, and others knew that they needed to make an appointment with their family doctor.”


While many of the youngsters in attendance might not have understood the value of the various medical services, they definitely enjoyed the games, inflatables, water slide, and dunking booth. Even a youth-oriented class conducted by the U.S. Army was a big hit, with kids following along closely as Sergeant Landon Huffman, Army recruiter and National College student, talked about the problem of bullying and what kids could do about it.


“This year our participation focused on educating both parents and children of the dangers and signs of bullying,” said the U.S. Army’s Sergeant First Class David Hotelling, one of several National College alumni who returned to the campus to help with the event. “It was a great opportunity for us to reach out to the public and show the Army cares,” SFC Hotelling continued. “Hot button issues in our communities certainly affect our Army, and any opportunity we have to help with these issues, we certainly will.”


Months of hard work and preparation by our many sponsors and vendors, as well as National College students, faculty, and staff, produced a memorable event that positively affected the lives of many members of our community. National College nursing student Misty Gallion perhaps summed it up best: “I had great day — what a wonderful way to educate the community on the importance of staying healthy!”


Complete Sponsor List

Big Sandy Health Care


Coca Cola Bottling


Highlands Regional Hospital


Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine


Pearson Learning Solutions


Pikeville Medical Center


Pleasant Valley Rebekah Lodge


Questcare


Signature Health Care


Thealka Fire Department


Transtar


Complete Vendor List

American General Life


Appalachian Pregnancy Care Center


Asthma and Allergy Center


Big Sandy Health Care


Coal Run Police


Highlands Regional Hospital


Kentucky Health Insurance Advocate


Kentucky Office for the Blind


Kentucky Highway Department


Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine


Light the Night


McDonald’s


Medtronic


National Guard


Pearson Education


Pike County Emergency Management


Pike County Health Department


Pikeville Medical Center


Premier Health Care


Saving Grace


Signature Health Care


Sunrise Children Services


The Wellness Center


UK Extension


US Army


Wal-Mart


Xocai Chocolate


YMCA

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