ONEONTA, Ala. — Jerry McGowan was one of a number of Blount County residents who took advantage of a free health fair offered by Wallace State Community College’s Department of Nursing at its Oneonta Center on Tuesday. Students from the Evidenced-Based Clinical Reasoning class manned tables guests could visit to learn about a number of different subjects, while staff from St. Vincent’s offered free cholesterol screenings.
McGowan said it was time for him to have his cholesterol levels checked and he appreciated the opportunity to get that and his blood sugar checked at the health fair.
“I’d be glad for them to do it again,” he said of the fair. “It’d be great if a lot more people would come out, knowing that someone cares about them enough [to do this] and it’s no charge to them, they can get out and just come in a little bit and go through all this. I’m real pleased with it.”
Sue Morgan also attended the health fair. “I just live a couple blocks from here and thought I’d have a check-up,” she said. “It was really good. They checked my blood sugar, cholesterol and all of that, listened to my lungs.”
She also visited the other stations set up to learn healthy eating habits, ways to stay active and more. She said she appreciated the opportunity to attend.
“I think Oneonta needs something like this,” Morgan said.
Student Kim Widner worked the Eat Wisely table and said she enjoyed the interaction with the community members who attended the event. “They’ve been excited to get information to take home,” she said.
For more information about the Wallace State Nursing program, visit www.wallacestate.edu/nursing or call 256.352.8199.