LECOM students to mark National Osteopathic Medicine Week

The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine will host several health and wellness events to coincide with National Osteopathic Medicine Week.

ERIE, Pa. – To emphasize the importance of leading healthy lifestyles, osteopathic medical students from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine will host several health and wellness events to coincide with National Osteopathic Medicine Week.

The LECOM Wellness Fair will take place on Saturday, April 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Millcreek Mall. LECOM medical and pharmacy students will staff more than 20 tables, covering topics such as: cholesterol prevention, diabetes, proper nutrition and Alzheimer’s disease. There will also be free blood pressure screenings, poison prevention displays, osteopathic manipulative medicine demonstrations and special activities for children. The event is free and open to the entire community.

LECOM will then hold a Fit for Life event on Monday, April 18, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Klein Elementary School, 5325 East Lake Road, Harborcreek, Pa. Osteopathic medical students will educate fifth and sixth grade students about the importance of preventative medicine. LECOM medical students will cover topics including nutrition, first aid, hand hygiene and skin care. They will also get the students motivated and off their feet by teaching them warm-up and stretching exercises.

National Osteopathic Medicine Week is April 17-23, 2011. NOM Week brings the osteopathic medical profession together to focus on one common goal – increasing awareness of osteopathic medicine and DOs in communities across the country.

What is a DO?

Osteopathic physicians (DOs) are fully licensed to prescribe medication and practice in all specialty areas, including family practice, surgery and psychiatry. Currently, there are more than 70,000 DOs in the United States. DOs are trained to consider the health of the whole person and use their hands to help diagnose and treat their patients. They focus on preventive health care by teaching their patients to develop attitudes and lifestyles that don’t just fight illness but also help prevent it.


Contact: Rob Macko, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Media Relations, (814) 860-5125, (814) 866-8408 Fax, rmacko@lecom.edu

The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine <http://www.lecom.edu/explore.php>  and LECOM School of Pharmacy offer innovative and affordable education in osteopathic medicine <http://lecom.edu/college_medicine.php>  and pharmacy <http://lecom.edu/school_pharmacy.php> . From campuses in Erie, Pennsylvania <http://www.visiteriepa.com/> , Greensburg, Pennsylvania <http://www.city.greensburg.pa.us/>  and Bradenton, Florida <http://www.annamariaisland-longboatkey.com/> , LECOM provides student-centered pathways to prepare the next generation of healthcare professionals. Prepare yourself for medicine as your life’s profession.


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