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College of Pharmacy Offering Health Fair Saturday

Posted October 5, 2012, 11:58 AM HST Updated October 5, 2012, 04:49 PM HST
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Looking to check your blood pressure or cholesterol level? Then an event being held Saturday at the University of Hawaii at Hilo might be just what the doctor ordered.

The UHH College of Pharmacy will hold its fourth annual Health Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Campus Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Students and faculty from the college will provide the checks and other services including diabetes screenings and “brown bag” medication checks. The fair will also include a healthy-living demonstration, informational booths and a healthy-living art competition for local school children.

Other community organizations taking part in the health fair include the Hawaii Bone Marrow Donor Registry, NED Drug Take Back Program, Hawaii Cataract and Laser Institution, Hawaii Island HIV/AIDS Foundation, Senior Medicare Patrol and ʻAkaka Falls Lions Club.

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“Our health fair is now a tradition during national American Pharmacists Month, which is celebrated annually during October,” said Carolyn Ma, chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice who created the inaugural health fair in 2009. “It serves as another reminder to our students about the importance of their chosen profession for the community. Those who come to campus will witness first-hand the value these student pharmacists add throughout the state of Hawaiʻi.”

For more information, call (808) 933-7663.

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