In November, the executive board of the FAMU Chapter of the Student Society of Health-System Pharmacist (SSHP) took part in the 2019 Oasis Health and Fitness Expo sponsored by the Oasis Christian Center. This community event was held at Tallahassee Community College (TCC) Center for Workforce Development. This is the first year the SSHP participated in this organization’s activity.
The mission of the Oasis Health & Fitness Expo is to inform and educate the community about available health and fitness resources, to raise awareness about critical health issues and risk factors, and to encourage healthy habits through proper nutrition and exercise.
Several vendors and health care professionals attended this community outreach event.
SSHP provided health screenings, which included BMI calculations, blood press checks, and glucose readings. Other vendors offered exercise activities like Zumba, yoga, and CrossFit to participants and healthy food options.
Other local organizations that participated in the health fair included the Sickle Cell Foundation of Tallahassee, TCC Nursing students, and the FAMU student health services, to name a few. Melissa Horenstein, Chapter FAMU- SSHP Historian, says, “This is important for the College because we pride ourselves on community outreach and volunteering. We must reach out to our nearby communities in the aspect of health and health education. Basic screenings such as the ones provided by SSHP at this event are imperative. They may have been diagnostic to many participants, especially to those that don’t have direct medical access