The 26th annual Health-O-Rama will be March 7 and 8 at Southern Park Mall.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Health-O-Rama presented $5,000 to the Youngstown State University Foundation for scholarships in the health field.
Also Thursday during the health fair organization's kickoff and scholarship recognition luncheon, 2002 scholarship recipients who received a combined $4,000 were recognized: Zachary Buchmann, human performance and exercise science; Lori Madeline, nursing; and Jason McKinley, human ecology.
The YSU Foundation chooses the recipients based on need and academic achievement. Health-O-Rama requires that they reside in the five-county area and be at least a sophomore student in a health-related field.
This year's 26th annual Health-O-Rama is from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 7, and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. March 8, at Southern Park Mall in Boardman.
Norma Holleran is chairwoman of the event, at which about 70 area health organizations provide free health screenings, information and lecture programs.
Screenings include blood pressure, oral cancer, skin damage, pulse oximetry, general health, cardiac health, posture analysis, electro-dermal, and body fat analysis.
Lecture topics include proper shoe fit, eldercare safety in the home, hospice care, cooking demonstrations, diabetes and aging, Alzheimers, the plight of the uninsured, "Tell A Friend" mammography program and colorectal early protection.
Paul Easton, pastor of Faith Community Church in Brownlee Woods, was the main speaker at Thursday's Health-O-Rama kickoff.
Easton, former manager of human resources at General Motors in Lordstown, told health care workers that what they do is very important to the community and urged them to deal with people's mind, body and soul.
Health-O-Rama is a nonprofit volunteer committee that organizes the annual health fair.
It began as a small health fair organized by Boardman's Westminster Presbyterian Church in October 1976. The event grew and moved to Beeghly Center at YSU in 1979, and became a two-day event and moved to Southern Park Mall in 1981.