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Date: Nov 05, 2013

Med Students, Health Sciences Library & Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District Host Health Education Fair

Health Education Fair Featured Teddy Bear Clinic, Fun Run, and 'Solve the Outbreak' Game

Students from the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, librarians from the school’s Health Sciences Library and the Plainview Old-Bethpage Central School District (POBCSD) joined forces recently to host a Health Education Fair at Mattlin Middle School in Plainview. Visitors were able to try their hand at laparoscopic surgery techniques using a virtual game; solve an outbreak using a special iPad app and bandage up a teddy bear at the free bear clinic.

The Health Fair was part of a National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services and the National Library of Medicine award granted to the Medical School’s Health Sciences Library for consumer health resources education. The medical students represented various “student interest groups” at the medical school, which participate in extracurricular activities that reflect the students’ medical specialty interests. School of Medicine specialty groups included: Wilderness, Pediatric, Neurology, Surgery, Internal Medicine, Oncology and Emergency Medicine clubs.

Other activities and educational tips include: essential knot tying, sun safety, nutrition label literacy and nutrition tips, stroke and heart attack signs, adolescent health, "When to call an ambulance,” smoking cessation, medication safety, health careers, how to find authoritative health information on the internet, household products safety, and information on what do the new guidelines on sports injuries and concussions mean to you and your child. The fair kicked off with a one-mile Fun Run around the new POBCSD track.

This project was funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHS-N-276-2011-00003-C with the University of Pittsburgh, Health Sciences Library System.