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Students learn a lot about health at 16th college fair

The Quit Smoking Campaign, From left; Rosie Christian, Shannon McIver, Danielle Bell, Emily Keggwin and Lesley Patterson

The Quit Smoking Campaign, From left; Rosie Christian, Shannon McIver, Danielle Bell, Emily Keggwin and Lesley Patterson

The Isle of Man College of Further and Higher Education has held its annual health fair with college students, sixth formers and the public all getting the chance to find out about health.

This is the 16th fair and this year’s had the theme ‘Looking after the whole you’.

It was opened by Education Minister Tim Crookall MHK and had 28 local agencies attending to address a wide range of topics with interactive games, quizzes, competitions, displays and activities.

Among the activities was netball with the Isle of Man Netball Association inviting students to try out their goal scoring skills with the top six shooters winning various prizes.

Marie Skillicorn, of the Netball Association, said: ‘There was such a good audience today, such a variety of people took part in our challenge, staff, students, experts and novices.’

Motiv8 Addiction Services also attended to discuss the risks associated with the social media craze, ‘Neknominate’.

Lyndsey Smart from Motiv8 said: ‘We thoroughly enjoyed today. We had lots of students talk to us about this issue who were keen to learn the risks associated, particularly about overdosing.’

There were also representatives from the genito urinary medicine clinic at Noble’s, talking to students about sexual diseases and contraception, and the Sports Development Unit, which brought a treadmill and discussed the benefits of running.

The college hair and beauty students offered a wide range of treatments, while the community police were on hand to give out information about personal safety.

Sami-Jaine Martin, student president, said: ‘There was such a positive atmosphere, the physical challenges were excellent, there was a lovely mix of chatting, giggles and serious conversation.’

 

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