Migrants to be given advice at SIT health expo

Southern Institute of Technology first year nursing students Melissa Fluit, left, and Simone Shallard are among 75 ...
John Hawkins

Southern Institute of Technology first year nursing students Melissa Fluit, left, and Simone Shallard are among 75 nursing students hosting a health expo at Hansen Hall, Tay St, Invercargill on Thursday, from 10am till 4pm.

A student health expo in Invercargill this week has a sickness prevention focus, while migrants will be shown how to navigate their way around the health system.

About 75 first-year bachelor of nursing students at the Southern Institute of Technology [SIT] are manning 15 stands at the SIT location on Thursday from 10am till 4pm.

Called building blocks to better family health, the expo has a focus on sickness prevention, nursing student Melissa Fluit said.

The 15 stands were decided on after the students researched the community needs in Southland, she said.

One stand will teach migrants how to navigate their way through the New Zealand health system, another will teach the public how to interpret food labels on food packaging and another will

show how people can identify signs of bowel disease. 

Infant safety will be a focus of one stand, and another will teach outdoorsy types how to respond to emergency situations in the wilderness.

The public will be given a house warrant of fitness to take away when visiting another stand, but beforehand will be educated about the health effects of mouldy and wet homes.

The expo was all about giving people information to help prevent sickness from taking hold, Fluit said. 

The 15 stalls at the Expo on Thursday:

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- Safe sex and sexual health information

- Outdoors safety - water and land

- Bowel health - know signs and symptoms, prevention

- Grow your own 'health' - vege growing

- Polypharmacy - taking multiple medications and knowing what this means

- Physical activity - get the family active

- Active minds - tips and activities to keep the mind active and reduce the onset of Alzheimers

- Healthy homes, hearty lungs - house wof,  effects on people with asthma 

- Diabetes - information about diabetes, prevention and symptoms

- Health navigator - health information for migrants and their families

- Mindfulness and stress - how to avoid and relieve stress

- Sleep - healthy habits an tips for a good nights rest

- Vegitate - smoothies and healthy snacks

- Nutrition labels - demystify what they mean and educate families on their choices

 - The Southland Times


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