Students and profs learn matters of health

4 12 2008

Annual event examines environmental impact on women

Kara Bertrand
Life Reporter, Humber Et Cetera
Published: January 23, 2008

A professor in the business program at Guelph-Humber says students should take advantage of such events as last weekend’s Women’s Health Matters Forum and Expo at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

“It’s free education. You can go down and hear experts in their areas, especially if it’s in keeping with nursing students and people in personal training,” said Patricia Peel, who brought about 30 students from her fundraising and customer service class to volunteer and experience the event.

The forum, run by Women’s College Hospital, has been taking place for the past 12 years. It focuses on disease prevention, treatment and issues facing women.

It featured 150 exhibits from organizations at the forefront of women’s health, as well as 40 seminars by Canada’s leading health-care professionals and medical experts.

The theme this year was the environmental impact on women’s health.

“I think because the environment is on everyone’s mind this is appropriate to address,” said Jocelyn Palm, event co-ordinator. “With so much info out there, here are some people who can help sort it out.”

There were seminars on the Arctic, diabetes and the environmental links to cancer.

Peel said the hospital attaching its name to the event provides a legitimacy to what is presented.

“They’re really selective about who they let in as exhibitors,” she said. “If you’re an exhibitor in the show, Women’s College Hospital is endorsing your treatment, your service, your product, and they don’t want anything gimmicky, half-baked.”

Jackie Fraser, a clinical nursing professor at Humber, also brought eight students with her to the event and said the expo was engaging and informative.

“It is a good opportunity for them to be aware of other resources there and I find that by attending it they can transfer what they have learned there to different years of the program,” she said.

Cheryl Leblanc, 21, a first-year accounting student, agreed students can benefit from such educational health events.

“We’re not as educated on these things as we think we are,” she said. “If we can integrate some of these things into our daily lives, we could do better in school and be a lot happier.”


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