Various Creighton departments and graduate organizations celebrated World Health Day on April 9 on the KFC lawn.
Hosted by Creighton’s American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists, World Health Day, a nationally sponsored event by the World Health Organization, was supposed to be celebrated on April 7 but was rescheduled due to rainy weather.
“We saw this event as an opportunity to educate our peers and advocate for important health topics,” said Shayna Skokan, School of Pharmacy and Health Professions student and event coordinator. “It’s important for our students to have knowledge and tools to maintain their own health and wellness so they can educate others and conquer everyday with energy and confidence.”
Creighton’s Recreation and Wellness brought a blender bike, giving students the opportunity to ride a bike to power a blender for their own healthy smoothie. Student Counseling Services brought Cocoa the therapy dog and provided stress management information.
“I love how World Health Day included mental health by having Cocoa the Counselor and the organizations there to help destigmatize mental illness and educate us about stress management,” said Madison Barker, sophomore in College of Arts and Sciences.
APhA-ASP educational programs also tabled on the KFC lawn, such as Operation Substance Use Disorder, which offered information about substance use disorder statistics and resources. Another partnered program, Operation Immunization, offered information about HPV and COVID-19 vaccine myths.
“I think it’s important to emphasize that health and wellness are not just physical, but rather they are interconnected with mental, social, and intellectual dimensions,” said Skokan.
APhA-ASP and the American Red Cross also hosted a blood drive in the Harper Center.
“I think this blood drive encapsulates World Health Day because it allows me to use my privilege as a healthy person to help someone who is in need,” said Abigail Joiner, sophomore in College of Arts and Sciences.
Students passing by and participating in activities were able to enter a raffle for a free massage from Recreation and Wellness.
“As a student leader and pharmacy student, I want to advocate for the profession of pharmacy by demonstrating that we provide more to the community than just medications,” said Skokan.