Health department offering free information

Today marks the start of National Health Education Week. The Florida A&M University Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation will provide free health information on the second floor of the Gaither Office Complex all week long from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

There will be an array of health displays and videos for students to view, and informational pamphlets will also be available for students to obtain.

Displays will include information on cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, sickle cell, hypertension, HIV/AIDS, gonorrhea, Chlamydia, syphilis and more.

The Sickle Cell Foundation will sponsor a sickle cell screening Wednesday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in GOC, room 208.The Fountain of Hope Counseling Center Inc., a non-profit organization in Tallahassee, is sponsoring two events this week.

On Thursday, FHCCI will be administering blood pressure and blood glucose screening from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in GOC, room 218A.

And on Friday, Dr. Wayne A. Sampson, from the Cross Creek Medical in Tallahassee, will present at noon in GOC, room 218A on minority health issues with an emphasis on HIV/AIDS prevention, screening, early referral and treatment.

Maria Okeke said it is critical for FAMU students to be informed. “When we look at the health status of African-Americans in this country, there is still a health disparity and African-Americans are disproportionately affected,” said the FAMU professor of health sciences.

For more information about this week’s events, students may contact Maria Okeke at (850) 561-2773.