Monday, April 23, 2012

"Spring Into Health"-The GLHS Health Fair

We believe in the power of community partnerships as a way to provide relevant learning opportunities for our students. One way in which we do that is the Gahanna Lincoln High School Health Fair. I've asked Health teacher, Mrs. Linda Shannon to share more information about it:

Gahanna ‘Springs into Health’  will be a fantastic day for students, staff and community members to learn more about their health.  The high school has been holding Gahanna “Springs into Health” for 21 years.  When we started the health fair the purpose was to create an alternative learning opportunity for both health and government students.  Health students receive pertinent health information and government students look at real world health resources available to them as community members after they graduate.

Since the beginning in 1991 the health fair has always been held during school hours because it is a student run event.   Health Issues (an elective class for juniors and seniors) students are in charge of ‘running’ the day.  Along with our community vendors their ‘teen issue’ topics will be showcased during the health fair as well as some projects created by students taking the required health and physical education classes.   This  year some of the Teen Issue topics include Healthy Weight Management, Portion Size versus Serving Size, Cyberbullying, The Effect of Father Absence on Teens, The Dangers of Hallucinogens, Marijuana Abuse, Impaired Driving and Teens, How to Prepare for College, Teen Stress, Sleep Deprivation and its Effect on Teens, Acne, Self-Image, Interracial Relationships, and Time Management.

Some of this year ‘s vendors are:

Ohio Office of the Attorney General  (drug abuse outreach), Susan G. Koman Race for the Cure, American Heart Association, Granger Chiropractic, Amerihealth Chiropractic and Wellness Center, Diamond Dance and Fitness, Mount Carmel Nurses (heart health), Gahanna Department of Parks and Recreation, Columbus Cancer Clinic, SARNCO (Sexual Assault Response Network of Central Ohio - dating violence), The Kidney Foundation, The Epilepsy Foundation, Columbus Public Health and Columbus Urban League), Lifeline of Ohio (organ donation), Mental Health Association of Franklin County, North Central Mental Health, Nationwide Children’s Hospital Dental Program, Youth to Youth, Ohio Urgent Care in Association with Nextcare (blood pressure screenings), Volunteer Doctors of America, Franklin County Health Department (tattooing and piercing regulations), the Gahanna YMCA, Smoothie King (healthier options for beverages) and various GLHS classes and organizations including  GLHS Youth to Youth, Health Issues and the some physical education classes.

Location: Main gymnasium of Gahanna Lincoln High School

Date:  Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Time:  7:30 – 11:15 (closed for lunch)  12:15-2:50

The students work extremely hard and are well prepared to provide meaningful information to guests who stop by their booth. Thanks to Mrs. Shannon and the students who are in the Health Issues class for hosting such an important event! Be sure to ask your student about it sometime this week. Hopefully they will have a chance to attend.

Be Great,


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