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Health fair for college-age women organized by UI nursing student

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A University of Iowa nursing student has organized a health fair specifically targeted at the health needs and concerns of college-age women. The fair will feature a survivor of breast cancer as its keynote speaker.

"In All Ways a Woman : Healthy Choices for the Mind, Body and Spirit of the College Woman" was organized by Jennifer Lofdahl, a senior nursing student and resident assistant in Stanley Residence Hall. Lofdahl recruited help from her fellow nursing students, resident assistants and various campus organizations to bring 23 local health or service organizations together for the event.

"I don't think anything like this has happened at the UI," Lofdahl says. "You usually don't see a lot of programs that focus specifically on the health needs of college-age women."

The fair will be Saturday, April 5, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Triangle Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union. It will feature a keynote speech by breast cancer survivor Kim O'Meara Anderson titled "Surviving Breast Cancer: A Positive Look at a Life-Changing Experience." UI Vice President for University Relations Ann Rhodes will give a welcome address.

Lofdahl says she hopes the fair reinforces the fact that health and lifestyle choices college women make now can affect their health in the future.

In addition to the remarks by Anderson and Rhodes, participants in the fair can attend two of six break-out sessions on health and lifestyle issues affecting college women. Topics include female body image, how to perform breast self-examinations, dating violence and eating disorders.

Lofdahl says she hopes the presence of 23 local organizations like The Crisis Center, Women's Resource and Action Center, and UI Hospitals and Clinics will help raise awareness of the local resources available to women of all ages.

Financial or other support for the fair has come from many campus organizations including the Education Program Office, the UI Student Government and various residence hall organizations. Registration information is available from Lofdahl by calling 353-0786. The fair is free.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Lofdahl in advance at 353-0786.