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Wellness Week features health fair, fun run, employee clinic

Posted on Tuesday, October 19, 2010 · Volume: XLIII · Issue: 21


A Fun Run & Walk is just one of three activities planned for HSC Wellness Week Oct. 25-29. A health fair and ribbon-cutting for the new Employee Health and Wellness Clinic will also be held that week.
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A Fun Run & Walk is just one of three activities planned for HSC Wellness Week Oct. 25-29. A health fair and ribbon-cutting for the new Employee Health and Wellness Clinic will also be held that week. clear graphic

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The UT Health Science Center San Antonio is celebrating HSC Wellness Week Oct. 25-29 with three campus events. A Health Fair will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 27, a Fun Run & Walk is set for Thursday, Oct. 28, and the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Employee Health and Wellness Clinic is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 29.

“Our mission is to make lives better, but I think sometimes we get so busy with work and other commitments that we don’t apply the sound principles of healthy living to our own lives,” said President William L. Henrich, M.D., MACP, an avid swimmer, runner and bike rider.

“I’d like HSC Wellness Week to be the kickoff for a healthier lifestyle for all of us,” he said. “Please try to make time to take part in all three of these activities.”

Health Fair
The Health Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 27 in the Parman Foyer and the lobby of the Academic and Administrative Building. The event will include:
  • Free health screenings
  • Flu shots
  • Blood donation
  • Prevention tips
  • Educational materials
Fun Run & Walk
Health Science Center faculty, staff, students and residents are encouraged to register online now for the free, two-mile fun run and one-mile walk that will held on Oct. 28, beginning at the Long Campus recreation area pavilion.

Activities will start at 4 p.m. with on-site registration and a free T-shirt giveaway (first-come, first-served, while supplies last). A short ceremony dedicating the recently expanded Health Science Center track will be held at 4:30, with the Fun Run & Walk beginning at approximately 4:45 p.m.

New Employee Health and Wellness Clinic
The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Employee Health and Wellness Clinic will be held at 10 a.m. on Oct. 29 in the School of Nursing’s south building, Room 1.445. It is next to the Student Health Center, also managed by the School of Nursing.

The two clinics are directed by Julie C. Novak, D.N.Sc., RN, M.A., CPNP, FAANP, associate dean for practice and engagement, and managed by Rebecca Gutierrez. It will be staffed by five nurse practitioners, a medical assistant and receptionist.

When it officially opens Nov. 15, the Employee Health and Wellness Clinic will offer comprehensive wellness, disease prevention, health promotion and primary care services. The clinic faculty and staff will work closely with the Health Science Center’s occupational health and safety team and refer to UT Medicine San Antonio at the Medical Arts and Research Center and the employee’s primary care provider when necessary. The clinic’s collaborating physician will come to the clinic every two weeks to review charts, and will be available for phone consultations.

The full-time clinic will offer:
  • immunizations
  • tuberculosis screenings and surveillance
  • respiratory mask fit testing
  • minor occupational accident assessments and treatment
  • smoking cessation and
  • healthy weight management
For more information about these three events, please visit the HSC Wellness Week website.

 
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