The purpose of the health fair was to provide early detection of health problems and to increase health awareness in all through screenings and education.
“I have learned a lot today,” said Jacob Wynn, student at the school.
“It is an experience we won’t forget,” said Tiffany Pierce and Amber Ellis, Rockmart High School Health Occupations.
A health fair also:
Encourages students to make healthy choices.
Provides an interactive and engaging medium for learning about the benefits or consequences of their actions.
Offers an opportunity for student leaders to positively influence their peers.
Builds upon Health and Wellness Policy requirements.
Provides a unique way to identify and connect with community resources.
Encourages students to choose health care careers.
Teaches students the importance of volunteerism.
Encourages teamwork through "hands-on" experience.
“Students need to realize that health decisions is a personal responsibility they should accept,” said Debra Helms, RN, Polk County Health Department. “Education is a tool that empowers them to make the right choices.”
Ms. Susan Culver, Graduation Coach, Rockmart Middle School; Kim Bennett and Amy Kay, Counselors, coordinated the health fair in conjunction with Mrs. Helms.
Exhibits at the fair included:
Murphy Harpst Specialty Clinic: Information about drug and alcohol use.
Sexual Assault Unit: What is sexual assault and date rape?
Coosa Valley Dental Program: Good dental care and hygiene.
Polk County Extension Service: Nutrition and good hygiene.
Polk Family Connections: Anger Management and bullying. Wal-Mart Vision: Vision Screenings.
Polk County Health Department: Height, weight and body mass index screenings.
District I Public Health: Proper hand washing.
Other information presented included facts about lead poisoning, smoking and tobacco prevention, importance of organ donation and prevention of drug / alcohol use and depression.