Health Happening wellness fair to be held April 9 and 10

School of Medicine employees can take advantage of a variety of screenings and information at Health Happening ’09 at the Eric P. Newman Education Center.

The event will be held Thursday, April 9, from 7 a.m.-5 p.m., and Friday, April 10, from 7 a.m.-noon.

Employees will have the opportunity to get blood pressure, blood glucose and glaucoma screenings; a foot and shoe assessment; hand-strength testing; height, weight, body mass index measurement; lung-function testing; skin-sensation reaction; and posture, fitness and flexibility screening.

In addition, Washington University physicians will be on hand throughout the day to answer employees’ health questions.

Also available will be information on how to learn about and register for clinical trials, on consumer health, diabetes education, smoking cessation strategies and environmental health and safety.

Representatives from the University’s health, vision and dental insurance plans will be available to answer questions about their plans, and representatives from fitness centers with which the School of Medicine has discounts will be on site.

There also will be a spring eyeglass trunk show. Employees who bring their eyeglass prescription and choose frames will get a 25 percent discount for themselves or their family members.

Employees can purchase organic produce from a local supermarket and learn about healthy snacks, nutrition counseling and walking tips. The school’s Bear Bikers cycling team will offer bike safety tips and recruit for its team. There also will be a golf swing analysis, a yoga demonstration and chair massages.

There also will be many giveaways, including 10 $300 gift certificates to be awarded by lottery.

“This is the largest health event ever held for School of Medicine employees,” said Legail Chandler, director of human resources at the School of Medicine. “We’ve pulled together experts from all areas of the medical school to offer our employees a wide range of useful information.”