Health Fair at Alisal High School

Posted 03/07/2018 | By HealthCorps

Alisal High School Health Fair Impact Story

“Together let’s breathe in for 4 seconds, hold it for 7 seconds and breathe out slowly for 8 seconds. Reach up as high as you can, then flop over from your hips letting your hands and head hang releasing all your tension.”

At 7:00am on Wednesday, February 14th, I led my student-leaders through a pre-health fair breathing and relaxation session more for my own sanity than theirs. After months of planning and many sleepless nights, today was the day Alisal High School held our second annual Health Fair themed, “Show Yourself Some Love.” In a short 1.5 hours of set up, this Valentine’s Day fair would be decorated floor-to-ceiling with hearts and self-love quotes and would have 50 health-related booths facilitated by both HealthCorps student-leaders and community members alike. We had 29 community organizations participate in the event—organizations like Sahaja Meditation spreading awareness about mindfulness practice, Hartnell College Nursing who taught us about blood pressure and Wells Fargo discussing financial health. We rewarded students for participating in booths with prize bags full of HC swag and produce donated by Duda Farms, Trader Joe’s, Nob Hill and Dole. Over the course of the 3.5-hour event, 1,300 students and staff came to the fair and engaged with the booths—nearly half the school was able to attend!

I had the most incredible time watching my students take initiative and share their booths with their peers throughout the fair. The students began planning back in November when they chose their booth topics and brainstormed the community organizations they wanted to see featured at the fair. Once they determined their topic, each student group received a trifold poster board to fill with information and decorate with eye-catching material. Each group was also challenged to come up with an activity for participants to do at their booth that was engaging yet also taught them about the health topic at hand. For example, the “Big Deal About Breakfast” group had participants race against each other to make a peanut butter and banana sandwich to show just how quick and easy it is to make a healthy breakfast. Another student group, whose topic was Self Love, had participants look in a mirror and write down one thing they loved about their reflection to show the power of positive self-talk.

We had over 105 HealthCorps student leaders helping with every aspect of the fair—from picking up donations to leading their own booths to checking in and helping the community participants get settled. I was blown away by their willingness to help, their professional attitudes and their dedication to making the fair the best event possible. Owing to the hard work of all my students, once the event began, I was able to dance around the fair and engage with the booths without having to worry about what might go wrong—I knew they had everything under control. By the end of the fair my cheeks were burning from grinning all morning, I had so much fun! Overall the Health Fair turned out to be a fabulous day celebrating health and self care. I can only hope we can continue to have events like this in the future where students and local organizations have the opportunity to share their passion and knowledge with the Alisal community!

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