Florida A&M University held its annual Health and Safety Day on Tuesday in Gaither Gymnasium. This event was one of the numerous activities that occur annually in celebration of homecoming week.
Fifty-one local community partners and 7 health and safety campus units were present at the event, actively helping celebrate health and wellness on campus – homecoming style.
Participating partners included the FAMU Counseling Center, the FAMU Division of Health and Physical Education, NAMI Tallahassee, North Florida Women’s Care, Sickle Cell Foundation, NC., Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare, Tallahassee Police Department and more.
Kiomi Hughes, a transfer pre-occupational therapy major from Orlando, was very excited for this event.
“I found this event to be so helpful,” said Hughes. “I had the opportunity to network with multiple companies and organizations in the health field that I never would have thought of before.”
Dr. Mildred Brickler has been helping with FAMU’s annual Health and Safety Day for the past 10 years.
“This event provides everyone the opportunity to get to know their health numbers which in the end helps us to know our health status. Healthy students mean a healthy university community; a healthy university community means a healthy local community,” Brickler said.
All partners shared valuable disease prevention and health promotion and safety information as well as multiple prizes and giveaways.
Free health screenings took place at this event, which included depression screenings, hair and scalp evaluations, HIV testing, blood pressure, diabetes, balance and postural analysis, grip strength testing, sickle cell and more.
Natalee Singleton, director of public relations at North Florida Women’s Care Obstetrics and Gynecology, attended the health and safety fair to talk to students about breast care information and birth control.
“If people are unable to receive the information through our social media or visiting our office, this event is a great chance to learn and still get that one-on-one experience,” said Singleton.
The event was open to all students, faculty, staff and the local community at large.