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COA Holds Annual Practice Wellness Fair

Practice Wellness Fair

Elizabeth City — College of The Albemarle’s (COA) Practice Wellness Fair proved successful in its ninth consecutive year on the Elizabeth City Campus. More than 300 attendees visited the fair over the course of two dates, Nov. 7 and 13. Second-year Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) students and Medical Assisting students offered an array of activities and presentations to promote better health and wellness for COA students, employees and community members.

The ADN and Medical Assisting students were responsible for setting up booths with information on topics such as digestive health, blood pressure, CPR, better eating habits, dental health, managing stress, safe driving and sex education. Free flu shots were provided by Sentara Albemarle Medical Center and Albemarle Regional Health Services, and free dental screenings were offered through East Carolina University Dental. The booths created by the nursing students were packed with games and giveaways promoting health education, and the students had the opportunity to perform assessments on visitors attending including blood pressure, stress levels, heart rate and respiratory health.

Fair goers were asked to participate in contests as well. At the “Goldilocks and the Honey Bee Bears” booth, guests sampled a variety of honey produced locally and around the world. Attendees then submitted votes for the best-tasting honey and the honey produced from the hives located on COA’s Edenton-Chowan Campus won the contest. The “Physical Activity-Jump Rope Activity” was another popular contest where participants were timed to see who could jump rope the longest. The winner of that contest was Katie Miller, ADN instructor at COA, with a time of one minute and 15 seconds.

Robin D. Harris, dean of Health Sciences and Wellness programs, explained that the students’ “hard work in researching effective public health practices, joined with their creativity and enthusiasm, brought a quality and effective event to our students, faculty and staff.” She continued, “The event not only helps our students to hone their skills in collaboration, communication and safe practice of public health interventions, but it also brings their knowledge and care to selected populations to truly promote wellness and prevent illness. In addition, the many community partners that join COA at the event are an integral part of interacting with our college population and providing them much needed services and health information.”

For more information about all of the Health Science programs at COA, contact Christopher Robertson, Director, Health Sciences and Wellness Programs Admissions/Advisement at

Pictured: COA ADN student, Shelly Bass, helps a fellow student fish at the “Ocean of Emotion” booth during the Practice Wellness Fair