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CFCC hosts health fair Wednesday

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WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) -- As cold and flu season quickly approaches, Cape Fear Community College will hold its annual Harvest Health, Wellness and Safety Fair on Wednesday at the Schwartz Center in downtown Wilmington from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

This year's fair will be the largest event to date, featuring over 70 exhibits and vendors with free information and health-related services to the public.

Now in it's fifth year, the purpose of the event is to promote a healthier lifestyle to students and the general community.

According to Dianne Jones, coordinator of the CFCC health fair, because people are living longer, the need for health education is more important than ever.

"There are so many environmental factors that can affect our health positively and negatively, it's essential that people know how to make healthier lifestyle choices so they can live a longer and more enjoyable life," Jones said.

The fair includes a wide variety of free health-related services and information, including:

* blood pressure, heart rate and oxygen saturation checks
* prescription drug disposal education
* blood glucose testing
* overview of X-rays
* Free manicures
* Free chair massages
* Free table massages
* Acupuncture techniques
* Heart Disease and cancer information
* Identity protection info
* Free HapKiDo and other defense demos
* Info on substance abuse
* Yoga techniques
* Advanced care planning
* Nutrition tips
* Vitamin and health food information
* Custom fit meal plans
* Back screening
* Gym trainers
* Proper shoe fittings
* Simulated driving drunk demos
* Health fitness center info
* Health food and healthy snacks
* Fire safety
* Infrared body wrap information

Organizations include 17 CFCC health care programs and departments along with 56 community organizations and businesses, including the American Heart Association, Cape Fear Coalition for a Drug-Free Tomorrow, Coastal Horizons, Lower Cape Fear Hospice, New Hanover Regional Medical Center, New Hanover County Health Department, Tidal Creek Co-op, Wilmington Fire Prevention and many others.

For more information, contact Dianne Jones at 362-7332 or email djones@cfcc.edu.

The event is free and open to the public. Street parking is available on Fourth St. between Hanover and Brunswick streets. Shuttle service is available through Cartmen, by calling (910) 264-4442.

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