Experiencing the NIHHC Health Fair—It’s Not Just for the Healthy

by Hannah DeGaetano

Ivon Perez-Paulino performs a blood test on Dylan Kinder. Abigail Borkowski and Ana Rodriguez-Juarez are pictured in the background

This past Saturday, people from all over Kosciusko came to participate in the Northern Indiana Hispanic Health Coalition (NIHHC) Health fair. The event was held in the Gordon Recreation Center’s Aerobic room and featured eight different health screenings: vision, blood pressure, body mass

Hannah DeGaetano focuses as she begins a blood test on Ana Rodriguez-Juarez.

index, weight, waist circumference, blood sugar, hemoglobin, and cholesterol. After completing all stations, patrons had their results read and explained by the volunteers. Participants also received information about health care providers in Kosciusko. It was NIHHC’s goal to help patrons become aware of their health by providing this free health fair.

In addition to the NIHHC workers, students from Grace’s Advanced Spanish

Bailey Diener and Abigail Smith enjoy watching Alyssa Willow discover her BMI.

Communication and Civilization class volunteered at the event. This gave them the opportunity to practice their Spanish in a real-world setting. The students pushed past the language barrier to communicate with the participants.