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May 15th, 2013

Mount Saint Mary hosts its 20th annual Health and Wellness Fair

Emily Zinser, of Skonberg Family Chiropractic, massages the shoulders of Mount student Mallika Rao.

NEWBURGH - Mount Saint Mary College recently held its 20th annual Health and Wellness Fair.

Sponsored by the Mount’s Heath Services Wellness Center, and Rose & Kieran Inc. insurance agency, the fair featured free health screenings, interactive exhibits, door prizes and raffles.

More than 50 vendors were in attendance, including local health care organizations, medical insurance companies, student clubs, and campus departments.

Lynn Turnbull from Orange Regional Medical Center checked participants’ cholesterol, sugar levels and blood pressure. Turnbull explained that the screenings are part of ORMC’s Healthy Heart Program, a free mobile clinic that assesses one’s risk of heart disease.

Licensed massage therapist Emily Zinser of Skonberg Family Chiropractic had plenty of takers for her free shoulder massages. In addition to being relaxing, massage can help eliminate muscle pain, she said.

Samantha Wilson, a psychology and communications double major from Beacon, N.Y., works as a screener at Innate Chiropractic. Wilson and Erik Brower, chiropractor, examined volunteers for irregularities in their necks and spines. Muscle tension might be a reason for misalignment, Brower explained.

At Mount Saint Mary College, more than 40 percent of first year students aim for health professions. The Mount offers the only nationally accredited four-year nursing degree program in the mid Hudson Valley and boasts a high NCLEX-RN passage rate that consistently exceeds the state average.

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