DMC health fair puts the ‘care’ in ‘scare’

The spookiness sure lingered in the second floor of the Harvin Center during the Spooktacular Health Fair, with many booths to help students stay healthy and avoid diseases. The Maze, hosted by Del Mar College counselors, took students through the counselors’ offices to educate the students on alcohol abuse, suicide, drugs and obesity awareness.

“The counseling services are free because we understand students are stressed with college and life so we want to offer our services to help them avoid going in the wrong direction or even help them get out of a bad addiction,” said lead counselor Rita Hernandez.

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Brenda Mechell gets an immunization shot at the health fair in the Harvin Center. The fair drew hundred of students.

Preventing this year’s upcoming flu season is in the minds of many doctors and pharmacists. The first 400 students were able to receive free immunizations from Walgreens pharmacists, who were also able to provide helpful information about the different diseases that they offer immunizations for.

“Pharmacist are here to help the students understand the different vaccines but also help protect the students as much as possible from this year’s flu; this is our goal,” said Germán Rodriguez, assistant manger of Walgreens.

Students from the West Campus made their presences known from the Respiratory Therapy department. Ariana Shaheen and Kristen Madrid were among the students to come by the health fair to help teach students about the respiratory tract.

“We are here to raise respiratory awareness and showing people what goes on in your lungs when you smoke,” Shaheen said.

Most of these students got into Respiratory Therapy because of a personal experience, but others simply find it interesting.

“I’ve always been interested in the respiratory side of medicine so it was a no-brainer that I would get into it,” Madrid said.

From students helping other students spread awareness to guest coming in and providing assistance, the Spooktacular Health Fair provided helpful tips to better the health of the student’s lives. From yoga lessons to booths to spread awareness on diseases and addiction, this year’s health fair was surely spooky.

 

Brittany Claramunt

Brittany Claramunt is a reporter for the Del Mar College Foghorn. She joined the staff in Spring 2016 as a first year college student. Brittany majors in Radio and Television and hopes to one day become an aspiring television news anchor. You can contact Brittany via e-mail at bclaramunt@foghornnews.com or follow her on Twitter @BrittClaramunt.

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