Medical school’s Health Happening Fair is Jan. 30

School of Medicine employees are invited to visit the annual Health Happening Fair from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, in the Eric P. Newman Education Center for free health screenings and information on a wide variety of health topics.

Washington University physicians will be available to answer general questions about health, including weight loss surgery, orthopedics, radiology, varicose veins, colonoscopies, internal medicine, cardiology, diabetes, plastic surgery and physical therapy. Representatives also will have information on biometric screenings and health assessments that soon will be available to employees.

School of Medicine faculty and staff who attend the fair may get screenings for lung function, vision, grip strength and body mass index. Students from the Program in Physical Therapy will show participants proper walking techniques and provide other assessments.

More than 45 vendors will be on hand to provide information on smoking cessation, fitness centers and even how to improve your golf swing. The fair also will offer some prizes and free food samples, and Schnucks Markets will have a mini farmers’ market at the event. Fresh fruits and vegetables will be available for purchase with Bear Bucks or cash. Those who haven’t registered for a Bear Bucks card will be able to do so and then be able to use the card immediately.

Representatives from the university’s health-care and dental insurance plans and from LifeScope, which operates the Employee Assistance Program, also will be available. Those who participate in the health fair have a chance to win prizes, including Fitbit fitness trackers and gift cards.

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