Upstate News

August 21, 2008
Doretta Royer 315 464-4833

Free health screenings and a daily dose of information at the New York State Fair

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Free health screenings, information about the latest technological advances in cancer care and a free helmet give-away (until supplies last) are a few of the many activities planned for the SUNY Upstate Medical University exhibit at the New York State Fair. The exhibit, located in the Science and Industry/Hall of Health Building, will feature a daily dose of healthy information each day of the fair with healthcare providers on hand to answer questions. The exhibit will be open the run of the fair Aug. 21 through Sept. 1 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Below is a complete listing of who’s at the fair and when:

Aug. 21: Pediatric Emergency Department staff will offer free helmets, until supplies last, and discuss personal safety tips for children. Representatives from Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network and the Donor Council at University Hospital will offer free donor cards and information regarding the organ and tissue donation process.

Aug. 22: Experts from the Poison Center will offer poison prevention. Student recruiters from SUNY Upstate will answer questions regarding careers in medicine, nursing, health professions and biomedical research. Informational handouts regarding SUNY Upstate’s colleges of Medicine, Health Professions, Nursing and Graduate Studies will be provided.

Aug. 23: Pediatric Emergency Department. (See Aug. 21.)

Aug. 24: Members of the Department of Pediatrics will discuss children’s health and safety concerns and provide an update on the Golisano Children’s Hospital at Upstate. Informational handouts regarding pediatric services at University Hospital and the Golisano Children’s Hospital will be available.

Aug. 25: Representatives from University Hospital’s Geriatrics program will discuss the hospital’s Acute Care for the Elderly program. Professionals from SUNY Upstate’s Centers for Vision Care and Vision Research will offer free vision and glaucoma screening.

Aug. 26: Experts from University Hospital’s Regional Oncology Center will discuss cancer care and advances in technology related to cancer care. Representatives from SUNY Upstate’s Smoking Cessation program will offer free pulmonary function testing, carbon monoxide testing for smokers and smoking cessation counseling.

Aug. 27: Representatives from SUNY Upstate’s Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation will discuss outpatient therapy services at University Hospital. Staff from University Hospital’s HealthConnections will discuss its services.

Aug. 28: Stroke Center staff will discuss symptoms of stroke and stroke prevention. Representatives from the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation will offer information regarding stroke and inpatient therapy services at University Hospital. Representatives from SUNY Upstate’s Smoking Cessation program will offer free pulmonary function testing, carbon monoxide testing for smokers and smoking cessation counseling.

Aug. 29: Staff from the Health Sciences Library will discuss its Health Information Center. Staff from University Hospital’s Bariatrics service will offer informational handouts regarding bariatric surgery at University Hospital.

Aug. 30: Staff from University Hospital’s Cardiovascular Services will offer free blood pressure screening, a cardiovascular trivia game and educational information regarding cardiovascular disease. In addition, experts from the Child Developmental Center will be on hand to answer questions.

Aug. 31: Representatives from the McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Site and the Child Abuse Referral and Evaluation service will be featured.

Sept. 1: Osteoporosis is the highlight with health experts offing tips to prevent the disease.

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