ALBANY, N.Y. – September 30, 2013 – Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (ACPHS) hosted its annual Health + Wellness Expo on Saturday, September 28 on the College’s campus. An estimated 1,000 people attended this year’s event, a sharp increase from 2012, and the largest total in the nine year history of the event (formerly called the Health Fair).
The day began at 9 a.m. with the Mario Zeolla ‘97 5K walk/run. New York State Assemblyman John McDonald, ACPHS President James Gozzo, Ph.D., and MVP Health Care Vice President of Pharmacy, Jim Hopsicker, were all on hand to welcome the 110 race participants and help kick off the day’s festivities.
The Health + Wellness Expo followed the 5K at 10 a.m. The Expo is a partnership between the College and MVP Health Care, but ACPHS students are largely responsible for organizing the event. The day included: free health screenings and assessments, discounted flu shots, a medication take-back program, medication reviews with pharmacists, and even Zumba and yoga classes.
Kathleen Nicewicz, pharmacy student and Health + Wellness Expo coordinator, was thrilled to be involved in such an impactful community-based event. “As students, we are excited to be able to put everything we have learned at the College into practice by providing these services to the community. We had over 100 students and 50 vendors involved in this year’s event. Our goal was to make a difference in people’s lives and engage the community around the topic of health care. I hope that we were able to do that.”
About Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Founded in 1881, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is a private, independent institution committed to graduating the best health care minds in the world. In addition to its doctor of pharmacy program, ACPHS offers six bachelor’s programs and five graduate programs in the health sciences. The College’s main campus is located in Albany, New York; its satellite campus is in Colchester, Vermont.