The second Mossy Creek Health Expo will be held on March 12 at Carson-Newman University.
Located in C-N’s Blye-Poteat Hall, the exposition will address nutritional needs, food safety, physical activity, stress management, economic and spiritual well-being.
Between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12, individuals from the campus and the community will be able to browse health booths, watch cooking demonstrations and meet with student health professionals to assess their health free of charge.
Carson-Newman senior Krista Hillenbrand is leading the event with help from the C-N Student Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics and the C-N Family and Consumer Science Department, along with other campus groups and departments and community organizations.
“It is great to have this one event where multiple areas of campus can come together to promote health,” Hillenbrand said. “We each bring our areas of expertise and knowledge, and together can provide campus and community with a well-rounded, health-focused event.”
Hillenbrand is a foods, nutrition and dietetics major and Bonner student.
She combined her passions for health and service to organize the exposition for her senior Bonner’s capstone project with the help of her fellow students in Dr. Kimberly Johnson’s community nutrition and education class.
The event will feature several cooking demonstrations of healthy foods by FCS students, as well as two talks by a C-N assistant professor of exercise science, Dr. Michael Shipe.
Each 30-minute presentation will provide a scientific look at obesity, its health risks and how to overcome them, followed by a question and answer session.
Shipe will discuss four main health issues associated with obesity — high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high cholesterol, and excess body fat — in “Syndrome X: Why visceral fat marks the spot.”
“Twenty-five percent of the adult population are already contending with these issues,” Shipe said.
In “The real culprit and solution to obesity,” Shipe will address the roles lifestyles and genetics play in obesity.
“If it is a product of lifestyle, then obesity is a learned behavior, which can be unlearned,” he said.
Several of Shipe’s exercise science students will be available throughout the day to take attendee’s blood pressure and assess their resting metabolic rates, body composition and risk for heart disease.
Nursing students will provide further health assessments, and the school’s counseling services will be available for stress management tips.
Its religion department will provide information for spiritual health, including a flyer describing Lectio Divina, an ancient Christian practice of reading and praying the Scriptures.
Hillenbrand wants to illustrate ways health can extend beyond the self and into service to others, for which community booths will provide visitors opportunities and information.
M.E.D.I.C. Regional Blood Center will be on site with information for donating blood as well.
Other participating organizations include the American Medical Student Association, the Jefferson County Health Department and University of Tennessee Extension.
Aramark food services will provide free healthy snacks, and door prizes will be given away.
For more information, call Johnson at 865-471-2051.