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Health Fairs at OHSU, PSU Help Attendees Learn About Their Health While Contributing to Science

WHAT: Oregon Health & Science University is bringing the Let’s Get Healthy! health fair to two locations in Portland. The fairs are free and open to the public and are being held in collaboration with the following events:

  • PSU Fair: Native American Rehabilitation Association of the Northwest (NARA) Health Fair and 2010 Census Awareness Day; and National Registered Dietician Day
  • OHSU Fair: National Public Health Week


PSU Fair:  Wednesday, March 10, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Native American Student and Community Center, 710 SW Jackson Street, Portland

OHSU Fair: Wednesday, April 7, from 10:00 a.m to 3 p.m.
Oregon Health & Science University Center for Health & Healing lobby, 3303 Southwest Bond Avenue Portland

DETAILS: OHSU scientists developed Let’s Get Healthy! to help teach people about their health while allowing them to take part in the scientific process. In preparation for the fairs, NARA and OHSU officials selected health issues most important to them, including diet and physical activity. Organizers of Let’s Get Healthy! then tailored the health fairs to address each community’s specific health concerns.

The interactive exhibit invites attendees to enroll as research participants where they can learn about the quality of their own diet, body composition, physical fitness and other areas of healthy living. As the title suggests, the focus of the entire exhibit is healthy living.

Participants of any age can get immediate feedback about the quality of their diet by completing a computer-based survey. They can also have body measurements taken and their blood pressure measured. Participants who meet the age requirement can have their cholesterol and glucose levels tested as well as donate a saliva sample for future anonymous genetic research on health issues.

Each of these health screens is completely voluntary. Researchers use the data to study the scientific relationships between diet, body composition, genetics and chronic disease. Communities are then invited to use the data to develop programs and write grants that support healthy living in the community. Schools can use the data to conduct scientific inquiry lessons with their students, thereby allowing students to examine information like their own energy drink consumption using real, but completely anonymous, data.

The Let’s Get Healthy! health fair is supported by two grants from the National Institutes of Health.

For more information about Let’s Get Healthy, visit

About OHSU
Oregon Health & Science University is the state's only health and research university and Oregon's only academic health center. OHSU is Portland's largest employer and the fourth largest in Oregon (excluding government). OHSU's size contributes to its ability to provide many services and community support activities not found anywhere else in the state. It serves patients from every corner of the state, and is a conduit for learning for more than 3,400 students and trainees. OHSU is the source of more than 200 community outreach programs that bring health and education services to every county in the state.

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