MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - Tuesday, students and staff gathered in the Great Lakes Rooms at Northern Michigan University for the annual Wildcat Wellness Health Fair. The event is popular, with nearly 500 students and staff participating each year.
"It is just a really good common experience for people in terms of, no matter what your walk of life is, you have the commonality of your health and your well-being," says Wellness Fair Co-coordinator, Barb Coleman.
The fair boasts free health services, such as blood typing, massage therapy, and even HIV testing.
"We've been doing this health fair for many years, and it just really is a nice event to have everybody all in the same place. A lot of people come out and check out the services. A lot of students are here, so we're kind of targeting higher-risk populations. It's sort of one-stop shopping for everybody," says Marquette County Health Department HIV/AIDS Coordinator, Laura Fredrickson.
In addition to health services, some booths offered demonstrations, such as the drunk-driving simulator put on by NMU Police. One booth even brought furry friends to the fair for something called ‘pet therapy.’
Coleman adds that the non-profit organizations at the fair keep things interesting, which she says is what attracts so many people to the fair.
"Just the kind of 'fun' atmosphere too, it's lively, and there's prizes and good food and things. I think that just makes it a non-threatening type of environment for them," says Coleman.
Some of the other free services included hearing screenings, blood pressure screens, tobacco cessation, and mental health help and education.