CollegeAmerica Health and Career Fair

Health screenings, wellness tips, and health care job information provided to community

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A customer enjoys a chair massage at the CollegeAmerica Health and Career Fair held Jan. 14.

<i>Courtesy photo</i><br> A customer enjoys a chair massage at the CollegeAmerica Health and Career Fair held Jan. 14.

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - CollegeAmerica Flagstaff gave local community members a kick start to their new year's resolutions. The "New Year, New You" Health Fair held on Jan. 14, provided information on wellness and disease prevention and an insider's look into the health care profession.

About 110 community members attended this inaugural event. Attendees enjoyed a variety of informational booths, activities and a variety of complimentary health screenings including spinal testing and chair massages from Dahl Chiropractic, dental and gum screenings and information on smoking cessation from Coconino County Public Health District, blood sugar screenings and diabetes information from North Country HealthCare, and healthy snacks and water donated by Sam's Club.

In addition, the event was also an opportunity for people interested in health care careers to learn more about the industry and what it takes to earn a health care degree. Workshops were held throughout the day and interested people were able to talk to students, faculty and staff members about the medical programs offered at the college.

"The theme of the fair was all about using the new year to start a 'new you,' which can be making a commitment to personal health or taking the first step to making your career dreams come true. We know many people are using their New Year's resolutions to get in shape, finally earn their GED or college degree, or change their career, and we want to support that," stated Suzanne Scales, Executive Director at CollegeAmerica Flagstaff.

"The booths, activities, and screenings taught people about their own personal health and provided touch points in creating a healthier lifestyle. In addition to that, our hope is the event also provided a unique insight into different health care professions. There is great demand for bright, enthusiastic professionals in this high-growth industry, and CollegeAmerica Flagstaff can provide those interested with the skills and education they need to be successful."

The "New Year, New You!" Health Fair could not have taken place without the generous support of many local businesses. Flagstaff businesses that participated include: American Cancer Society, Flagstaff Parks and Recreation, Coconino County Public Health Services District, Concentra, Dahl Chiropractic, Dr. Emily Davenport, The Guidance Center, Mortar and Pestle, North Country Healthcare, Northland Hospice, and Sam's Club.

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