Five Fort Hays State University students from the Department of Health and Human Performance recently staffed two fitness booths at the Norton School Health Fair. Participating students were Blake Pilkington, Oakley graduate student; Jacob Beck, Loveland, Colo., graduate student; Blake Van Eaton, Norton sophomore; Leanna Dale, Las Vegas, N.M., junior; and Kaitlyn Stapp, Oberlin senior.
FHSU participates in the health fair every year.
"Our department sends someone each year, and Mr. McNeil asked me if I would represent the department with some of the grad students this year," said Dr. Joyce Ellis, assistant professor of health and human performance at FHSU.
The FHSU representatives set up two stations.
“At one station we did fitness assessments for flexibility, aerobic fitness and body composition,” said Ellis. “The other station was a fitness station with Wii Fit activities.”
The fair was open to Norton Junior High School and the Norton Community High School students. Students were able to spend between 30 and 40 minutes and were required to visit several of the multitude of health-related booths, ranging from nutritional presentations to a drunk goggles demonstration.
"Their hospital had a booth focusing on posture, (and) there was a booth on drunk driving, which allowed students an opportunity to put on the goggles that make it feel like you are drunk," said Ellis. "They seemed to be really amazed at the difference the goggles caused when they put them on."
At the end of the day, Ellis said, she felt the FHSU representatives had a positive impact on the Norton students.
"We were a big hit at the health fair," she said.