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Best-ever Healthy Fun Fair Is Informative and Enjoyable

Best-ever Healthy Fun Fair Is Informative and Enjoyable

The Pikeville Campus’s 5th Annual Healthy Fun Fair was by all accounts the best ever, with more than 1,000 in attendance at the event on Thursday, July 26. A wide variety of state and local government agencies and community groups partnered with the campus to provide free medical services and screenings, useful information and other services, as well as food, drinks, and a variety of games and fun activities for all ages.

“The Healthy Fun Fair is a special day about community and partnership,” said Campus Director Tammy Riley. “American National University students, alongside the professional medical community, partner to provide a fun environment that promotes health education and delivers free medical services.”

Beginning at 10 am, area residents arrived at the campus and could make their way through a variety of information booths and treatment rooms. Among others, the “D.O.’s on the Go” from the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine of the University of Pikeville conducted a variety of diagnostic services; American National University nursing students calculated BMI (body mass index) and took blood pressure readings; Highlands Regional Hospital provided blood laboratory screenings for lipids and blood sugar/A1C (with blood draws performed by American National University nursing, medical assisting, and phlebotomy students); Big Sandy Health Care offered a mobile dental clinic; and the YMCA conducted Zumba classes on site. Many more organizations provided information and services, all free of charge.

One of the highlights of the day was a simulated ATV accident – an all-too-common occurrence in rural Kentucky. Local first responders demonstrated first aid and patient transport techniques, while two medical evacuation helicopters, one each from Questcare and Transtar, landed at the campus in a display of their advanced capabilities for rushing patients to area trauma centers and hospitals in the event of dire need.

Medical assisting student Kristen Daniels was one of many student volunteers. "I had so much fun!" she exclaimed afterwards. "I know I helped every person who walked away from me that day...some were relieved, and others knew that they needed to make an appointment with their family doctor."

While many of the youngsters in attendance might not have understood the value of the various medical services, they definitely enjoyed the games, inflatables, water slide, and dunking booth. Even a youth-oriented class conducted by the U.S. Army was a big hit, with kids following along closely as Sergeant Landon Huffman, Army recruiter and American National University student, talked about the problem of bullying and what kids could do about it.

“This year our participation focused on educating both parents and children of the dangers and signs of bullying,” said the U.S. Army’s Sergeant First Class David Hotelling, one of several American National University alumni who returned to the campus to help with the event. “It was a great opportunity for us to reach out to the public and show the Army cares,” SFC Hotelling continued. “Hot button issues in our communities certainly affect our Army, and any opportunity we have to help with these issues, we certainly will.”

Months of hard work and preparation by our many sponsors and vendors, as well as American National University students, faculty, and staff, produced a memorable event that positively affected the lives of many members of our community. American National University nursing student Misty Gallion perhaps summed it up best: “I had great day -- what a wonderful way to educate the community on the importance of staying healthy!”

Campus Director Tammy Riley (right) and nursing students are pictured in the top photo as they get a close-up look at a medevac helicopter. Medical assisting student Kristen Daniels is pictured as she draws blood from a fair participant. Army recruiter and National student Landon Huffman talks with kids about bullying.

Complete Sponsor List

  • Big Sandy Health Care
  • Coca Cola Bottling
  • Highlands Regional Hospital
  • Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Pearson Learning Solutions
  • Pikeville Medical Center
  • Pleasant Valley Rebekah Lodge
  • Questcare
  • Signature Health Care
  • Thealka Fire Department
  • Transtar

Complete Vendor List

  • American General Life
  • Appalachian Pregnancy Care Center
  • Asthma and Allergy Center
  • Big Sandy Health Care
  • Coal Run Police
  • Highlands Regional Hospital
  • Kentucky Health Insurance Advocate
  • Kentucky Office for the Blind
  • Kentucky Highway Department
  • Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Light the Night
  • McDonald’s
  • Medtronic
  • National Guard
  • Pearson Education
  • Pike County Emergency Management
  • Pike County Health Department
  • Pikeville Medical Center
  • Premier Health Care
  • Saving Grace
  • Signature Health Care
  • Sunrise Children Services
  • The Wellness Center
  • UK Extension
  • US Army
  • Wal-Mart
  • Xocai Chocolate
  • YMCA

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Campus Motorcycle Rally Informs, Entertains, and Shows Appreciation for Veterans

Campus Motorcycle Rally Informs, Entertains, and Shows Appreciation for Veterans

On July 28th, the Fort Wayne Campus held a motorcycle rally for area veterans to educate local veterans about the Veterans Retraining and Assistance Program (VRAP) opportunity and to promote the Indiana Patriot Guard - a non-profit organization that creates flags for recently deceased veterans. The rally included music, BBQ, and visits from local legislators like Roy Buskirk, Allen County Councilman, and Sharon Tucker, County Council Candidate At-Large. Student Kevin Grant was instrumental in inviting and organizing the Indiana Patriot Guard’s participation. He worked to get signatures on a patriot flag from all attendees and presented it at the funeral of an Indiana Afghanistan veteran. Approximately 30 people from the veteran community attended. Veterans Sheryl Edwards and Matthew Murphy found the rally enjoyable and helpful at the same time. They both were pleased to learn that they qualified for the available VRAP benefits and enrolled in the campus’s supervisory management specialist program.

Current student and Indiana Patriot Guard organizer Kevin Grant is pictured (third from left) among veterans at the rally.

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