Posted by Philip Poole on 2012-09-19

Samford University's American Pharmacist Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) chapter is hosting a free health fair Sept. 29 as part of the American Diabetes Association's Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes.

McWhorter School of Pharmacy students will be available from 8-10 a.m. at Homewood's Central Park.  The health fair includes free blood pressure and blood glucose testing.  There also will be information available on smoking cessation, over-the-counter heartburn therapy options, and how to correctly store and dispose of medications.

Diabetes affects approximately 13% of the people in Alabama, according to David South, local APhA-ASP president, one of the many reasons why the chapter felt the need to be involved in this event. 

"The Samford APhA-ASP chapter recognizes the impact diabetes has on millions of people and wants to be involved in helping these people live healthier lives," South said. "Additionally, through offering blood pressure and blood glucose screenings, we can help identify people who may be at risk for this disease. "

The health fair also is an opportunity for the students to show the impact pharmacists can have and the role they can play in the lives of those affected by diabetes, South added.

"Pharmacists are the medication experts on the medical team, and as one of the most accessible health care providers, pharmacists have much to offer in a disease that is overwhelming treated with medications," he said.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.