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Informational Health Fair held at Northern Essex

Submitted by on April 3, 2012 – 7:46 am

Brett R Lundry (left) of Salisbury, Aliza Kenny of Danville NH, and Darlene Rosario of Lawrence offered information on diabetes at the Health Fair

Asthma, sleep apnea, diabetes and the effects of second-hand smoke were among the topics addressed at a Health Fair held at the Northern Essex Community College Haverhill campus.

On Monday, April 2 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. students and faculty from the 17 health program offered at Northern Essex were available to speak about health issues, and offer information on the health programs at the college.

Several displays and demonstrations attracted attention such as the black lung which simulated breathing, and demonstrated the damage done from smoking.

“It’s a real attention getter,” said Jennifer Jackson-Stevens, program director for respiratory care at NECC. “Students have information that will be helpful to for people with asthma and smokers who are thinking about quitting.”

Lori Vinci, NECC faculty, said, “Students in the various programs had to do all their own research.” According to Vinci they constructed the informational poster boards, brought together informational flyers, and were on hand at the health fair to offer presentations, information and explain equipment on display such as the ResMed sleep masks for people suffering from sleep disorders.

Tom Walker of Haverhill (right), an NECC student in the Respiratory Care program explains the black lung to a student at the Health Fair

Other topics highlighted were gum disease and related health issues, child proofing your home, injury prevention, lung health for your little ones, hypertension/blood pressure, stress reduction, functional fitness and fractures imaged in radiology.

Program information was available for Dental Assisting,  Emergency Medical Services,  iHealth@NECC, Nursing; Medical Assisting,  Sleep Technology, Radiologic Technology, Respiratory Care,  Physical Education, Exercise Science and Sport Studies.

For more information on health programs at NECC, visit the college’s website or contact enrollment services at or 978 556-3700.