College of Pharmacy offers free health fair in Milolii

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Date: Monday, April 11, 2011
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

Students from the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo College of Pharmacy offer a Health Screening and Fair in Milolii on Saturday, April 23, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There is no admission charge.

The event will be held at the Milolii Community Center and includes blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol screenings, brown bag medication reviews, diet, lifestyle and health information, food, and more.

The students represent Phi Delta Chi, a professional pharmacy fraternity with more than 43,000 pharmacists and student members nationwide. Prabu Segaran, a second-year pharmacy student from the Class of 2013, is coordinating the event.

“We’re expecting as many as 200 attendees, and we’re honored at the prospect of being able to help that many people improve their health,” Segaran said.

The brown bag medication review has been a popular attraction at previous health fairs and Segaran encourages people who attend to take proper precautions.

“Medications you inject and/or have to keep in the refrigerator, such as insulin, should be left at home because of the heat,” Segaran said. “Some medications can break down in the heat so we’d like to ask people to bring only medications that are in tablet or capsule form only, definitely not those that have to be injected. Make a list to show us so we can help you evaluate how to get the best results from your medications.”

The event will be managed under the supervision of Forrest Batz, a professional pharmacist and a member of the Department of Pharmacy Practice.

For disability accommodation or more information, call 933-3854 (V) or 933-3334 (TTY).

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