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UMFK SNO to hold health fair during annual Fort Kent craft fair

November 12, 2004

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Members of the University of Maine at Fort Kent Student Nurses Organization (SNO) are planning a health fair to coincide with a popular annual craft fair organized by the Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce later this month at the UMFK SportsCenter.

On Saturday, November 27, the first day of the two-day craft fair, members of UMFK's SNO, in cooperation with Northern Maine Medical Center, will offer blood pressure screening, take height and weight measurements, calculate body mass index, and perform cholesterol screenings to individuals attending the event.

SNO members will set up shop in a classroom adjacent to the gymnasium in the University SportsCenter on Saturday only from 1:00 p.m. through 3:00 p.m.

"We decided that the craft fair would be the perfect time to reach many people in the community of all ages," said Robin Jandreau, the member of SNO who is coordinating the health fair. "This is a wonderful way for us to give back to the community."

The annual Fort Kent craft fair held on the UMFK campus the weekend immediately following the Thanksgiving holiday, draws over 3,000 people from throughout the St. John Valley and beyond.

The SNO-sponsored health fair will be free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted to benefit future SNO activities.

According to Jandreau, the health fair would not have been possible without the generous support of Northern Maine Medical Center, which agreed to donate the medical strips necessary to conduct the cholesterol screening.

In addition to providing the strips, NMMC and Fish River Rural Health Services of Eagle Lake are providing on-site certified screeners to assist UMFK nursing students.

"We are studying to become nurses and a large part of what we are learning centers on disease prevention and community health education. The screenings we will be offering during the Fort Kent craft fair allow us to put into practice what we are learning and pass along vital information to local residents about their health," said Jandreau.

For more information on the UMFK Student Nurses Organization health fair, contact Lena Michaud of UMFK's division of nursing at (207) 834-7580.