The Tusculum College Fall Fantasia Health and Wellness Fair has been scheduled for Thursday, November 5, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Niswonger Commons on the Tusculum College campus.
Providers are currently being sought for participation in this annual event, which in 2008 drew more than 300 visitors and 48 providers. In addition to Tusculum College faculty, staff and students, the event is open to the public and many of the community assisted living facilities bring residents who might benefit from the services and information provided. The event is sponsored by the Tusculum College Health and Counseling Office.
Medical and health information and assessments of many types will be offered free to everyone who attends. And, according to organizers at the College, there is no charge to participate as a vendor; however, registration is required.
“The Fall Fantasia Health and Wellness Fair is an informational event for students, faculty and staff, but it is also a community outreach event that we are proud to offer each year,” said Diane Hensley, campus nurse at the College and event organizer.
“We strive to offer as many opportunities as possible and hope this year to have healthy eating information, HIV testing by Hope for Tennessee, and something new this year is the participation of the Mobile Unit of the Knoxville Comprehensive Breast Center who will be performing mammograms on site,” she added.
This year Medic Region Blood Center will be on hand conducting a blood drive as part of the College’s annual Blood Drive Bowl competition the week Tusculum College travels to Carson-Newman College for their annual football rivalry game. Last year Tusculum College won the Blood Drive Bowl 173-122 over Carson-Newman, and event planners hope the community participation in the Fall Fantasia Health and Wellness Fair will help put them over the top this year as well.
Among other topics, this year’s expanded health fair will offer multiple areas of physical and mental health education and screening, preventive care information, increased awareness of health resources in the community, alternative health/medicine sources and information on healthy food choices, cooking ideas and preparation techniques.
Additional providers are being sought, and letters to former participants will go out in the coming days. For more information about the Fall Fantasia Health and Wellness Fair contact Hensley at 423-636-7499 or Connie Kretchmar-Sitz at 423-798-7821.