Community Programs

Colchester Community Wellness Fair

Thank you to everyone who attended and helped support the 2016 Colchester Community Wellness Fair!

More than 130 people attended the fourth annual Colchester Community Wellness Fair which took place on November 4, 2016 at Colchester High School. The event featured free information about a variety of health topics, plus a free harvest dinner and entertainment by Kids on the Block. 

For the second consecutive year, the event was organized by Doctor of Pharmacy students from the Colchester campus of Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (ACPHS). The students, in conjunction with local businesses and organizations, provided attendees with information related to topics that included Lyme disease, skin cancer, medication safety, high blood pressure, vision screening, fitness, and pet health. 

The range of services offered at the Wellness Fair was in many ways representative of the expanded role that pharmacists are playing today in the areas of education, prevention, detection, and treatment of disease.

“Our students are passionate about helping others and improving the health and wellness of members of our community,” said Elizabeth Higdon, Pharm.D., Assistant Professor at ACPHS. “The students did an exceptional job of growing this annual event, but it could not have been done without the generous support of area businesses, organizations, and the Colchester school district.”

“My children and I were amazed to learn how many candies and prescription pills look exactly alike,” said a mother who attended the event and visited a table showing the similarities between popular candies and medications. “The pharmacy students really opened our eyes to the importance of keeping medicines safely stored.”

The free harvest dinner was prepared and sponsored by Colchester High School. The Colchester Lions Club sponsored a puppet show by Kids on the Block Puppets in Education about healthy snacking. The UVM Medical Center’s Colchester Family Practice was also a partner in the Fair.