By Matthew Tirado
CCC Journalism Program

CAMDEN – Camden County College will present its second annual Health and Wellness Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Camden Campus College Hall Cafeteria. Among the many health issues that will be discussed are obesity, hypertension, nutrition, diabetes, prostate health, breast cancer and parenting.

Lauren Hill, director of the fair, answers a call about the event. By Matthew Tirado, CCC Journalism Program

The purpose of the event is to make students more aware of the health care services provided to the residents of Camden County and to raise awareness of the various career opportunities in the medical field. “Medical professions are high-demand careers,” said Lauren Hill, assistant to the dean. “The point is to have students exposed, even for these few hours, to what’s available.”

The New Jersey Area Health Education Centers (AHEC), which serve eight of the 21 counties in New Jersey, including Camden, will be providing health screenings to those attending. College personnel will present allied health programs such as massage therapy and pre-nursing programs. Cam Care and the Camden County Cancer Screening Project are other community-based projects that will be discussing their services.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of U.S. adults are obese. Non-Hispanic blacks have the highest age-adjusted rates at 50 percent compared to non-Hispanic whites at 34 percent. With this major health concern comes the responsibility for all to live a healthier, more active lifestyle.

“I had a sister that battled obesity issues all of her life,” said Lawrence Gay, 51, a first-year paralegal studies major at CCC. Gay, who lost his sister to health-related problems, went on to say, “As far as I’m concerned it’s made my awareness so much greater.”

Many college students are under extreme amounts of stress, attending classes full time and in most cases working part time if not full time as well, making it hard for them to get a daily exercise routine. “I feel like I’m overwhelmed,” said Kayla Hutzler, 20, a liberal arts and science major. “I need to relax.”

Diabetes, another major health concern affecting the U.S. population, will also be discussed at the fair. A reported 26 million Americans suffer from diabetes, one-third of those cases going undiagnosed. Men are most at risk with nearly 12 percent of all men older than age 20 having diabetes.

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