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MU raises awareness for men's health with health fair

By Jocelyn Gibson
On June 18, 2014

The PEIA/COHP Men’s Health Month Fair was on the Memorial Student Center Plaza Wednesday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Sharon Covert is director of the Pathways to Wellness program for the College of Health Professions.
“We see a lot of advertisements for women’s health issues like ‘wearing red’ or ‘going pink,’ but we need to generate more awareness about the issues concerning men’s health,” Covert said.
Representatives from both the campus and community were present, including Marshall Nutrition Education Program, Marshall Cardiology, the Marshall Recreation Center, Pathways to Wellness, St. Mary’s School of Medical Imaging and the Women’s Center.
Free screenings were available at the health fair for all Marshall employees, students and members of the Huntington community, with a particular emphasis on men’s health.
Marshall Family Medicine offered free screenings and information on blood pressure and BMI.
Participants could also have their blood glucose levels checked by the Diabetes Center or participate in a fitness competition to earn prizes from the Rec Center while at the health fair.
Michael W. Prewitt is the dean of the College of Health Professions.
“This is a chance for Marshall faculty, staff and students to learn more about preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease for both men and women,” Prewitt said in a press release.
Musician Julio Alves provided entertainment during the event.
Near the conclusion of the event, attendees were invited to participate in a group yoga session.
The Public Employees Insurance Agency (PEIA) sponsors Pathways to Wellness, a program within the MU College of Health Professions (COHP). The program offers fitness, nutrition, and stress management classes for PEIA members.
According to Pathways for Wellness Director Sharon Covert, the program will be able to offer wellness services to PEIA worksites throughout West Virginia.
Jocelyn Gibson can be contacted at


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