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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
"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.