JAMP to Host Spring Break Health Fair

Health Fair for students, by students coming soon

By Alana Edgin
On March 3, 2016

   Only one week until Spring Break and the students of the Joint Admission Medical Program will help their peers with a Health Fair on Tuesday, March 8 in the University Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.“I think that students should go to the Health Fair because there are many presenters who come to speak to our wonderful students,” senior and JAMP member Sonia Alegria said. “All presenters have valuable information about safety and precautions students should take during Spring Break. In addition, presenters also have great giveaways and prize drawings!”
   Alegria serves as co-chair with Sara Shirai and helps the presenters and advisers prepare during the Health Fair. The other members of JAMP are Uriel Minjares, Kevin Ponce-Palos, Alicia Womack, Tiffany Dang, Billy Johnston and Ivan Romera and all of them will be participating in the Health Fair. “It is the only university health fair run “by students for students,” Melinda Springer, a faculty member of JAMP, said. “The JAMP students work hard to recommend subjects areas that will interest ASU students. As far as I know, Angelo State’s JAMP is the only group in the university which receive the grant that incorporates a Health Fair in its annual schedule.”
   Since 2009, JAMP, has held an annual student Health Fair. This event is entirely put together by the current eight students of JAMP. From putting up booths, to calling people and companies, JAMP students are in charge. “This Health Fair is always held the week before Spring Break to encourage students to stay safe, make good choices and reflect on future health issues dictated by eating habits,” Springer said.
   There will be numerous presenters, including ASU’s Nursing Department, Texas Tech’s Graduate School, Tech’s Health Science Center and the San Angelo Community Health Club. These presenters will go over topics like skin cancer, pregnancy, drinking and driving and depression.“My favorite thing about the Health Fair last year was the interactive booths like the Nursing Department’s blood-pressure reader, and the Police Department’s drinking and driving simulator,” Alegria said. “I also really enjoyed all of the giveaways!”
   Students interested in the JAMP program can join by contacting Dr. Russell Wilke, who is involved in the Health Fair. JAMP helps students prepare for medical school and students can join their sophomore year. “The best part about joining is that students will have an opportunity to have early acceptance into medical school,” Alegria said. 

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