USF Wellness Committee hosting Focus on Health

March 20, 2014 FORT WAYNE, Ind. - The University of Saint Francis (USF) North Campus at 2702 Spring St. will launch the community-wide Focus on Health on Friday, April 11 from 8 a.m.-noon. Focus on Health will take place at other locations throughout the city April 23-26 and April 30-May 3 to provide free health screenings and reduced-fee medical tests in an effort to expand health awareness in the community.

USF has provided a Focus on Health site for seven years, and offers a broader range of services due to its higher education resources, said Katie Wiedman, chair of the Department of Exercise Science and Health. “The effort is part of the university’s Wellness Committee initiatives through the School of Health Sciences,” Wiedman said. Her department and the department of psychology also play key roles in the event.

Each site will provide a blood chemistry profile and tests for hemoglobin A1C (glucose average for diabetes), thyroid, prostate and Vitamin D levels, all for a nominal fee. Francine’s Friends Mobile Mammography will provide mammograms for a fee by appointment at 483-1847.

Free checks for blood pressure, vision, height/weight/BMI, bone density, hearing and colorectal cancer screening are available at all sites. Other tests, specific to USF, include blood flow to the legs, balance and flexibility, oral health and foot and skin abnormalities. The Department of Exercise Science will offer simple strength and fitness testing and information on home exercise programs. Physical therapist assistant students will provide 5-10 minute massages.

Various organizations will staff displays and provide educational materials. Highlights will include “Ask a Pharmacist” and “Ask a Dietitian,” and a variety of health professionals and students will share expertise on heart health, diabetes, blood pressure, exercise and falls. Mental health providers will offer materials and information on Alzheimer’s disease, brain injury, depression, anxiety and stress. The Drug and Alcohol Consortium will give information on the harmful effects of drugs and alcohol on the body.

Students will assist the exhibitors with health and wellness education. Faculty members and nurse practitioners will provide health summaries and resource referrals after the screenings. Door prizes will be given away throughout the event.

Focus on Health is open to Fort Wayne and Allen County residents age 18 and older. For more information, visit For information on Focus on Health at USF, call 399-7700, ext. 8619 or e-mail

  The University of Saint Francis, founded in 1890 as a comprehensive university in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, offers more than 60 undergraduate and 14 graduate programs in five schools: The School of Health Sciences, School of Arts and Sciences, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership, School of Professional Studies and School of Creative Arts. More than 2,300 students from a broad geographic region attend USF for its academic excellence. The university has a regional campus in Crown Point, Ind.

Media Contacts

For all University-related matters, please contact:

Trois Hart
Associate Vice President of Marketing
T: 260.399.8050
C: 260.415.2401

Yvonne Schroeder
Director of Communication
T: 260.399.7700 ext. 6413

Sandie Phalen
Director of Marketing and Development
Crown Point
T: 219.488.8888 ext. 5421


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