From learning CPR to making healthy meals or lowering your blood pressure, the third annual (HS)2 Academy Community Health Fair at Reynoldsburg High School is all about creating a healthy lifestyle, Principal Dawn McCloud said.

Featuring medical professionals and representatives from local agencies, the health fair from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, will feature medical professionals and representatives from local agencies at the field house on the Livingston Avenue campus, 6699 E. Livingston Ave.

"The health fair enables our community to get information about healthy lifestyles and resources that can help them," McCloud said. "It also allows our students to show the community the work they are completing in our academy."

The academy is a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) school that uses scientific methods and technology to focus on health sciences and human services.

"We have incredibly bright students who have started their learning in health sciences and they have so much to contribute to society," McCloud said. "This is the starting point for their futures."

Visual arts teacher Kellie Gedert said one of the goals for this year is to increase student and family involvement.

"We have added more vendors and more opportunities for students to connect with a variety of people in the health-care industry," she said. "We also have more students creating projects for the health fair, including topics such as sickle cell, heart health and a feature section that focuses on famous African-Americans in the medical world."

Gedert said the health fair will feature more hands-on STEM activities at the student-run booths.

"(HS)2 students are currently participating in the Battelle and American Heart Association Heart Health Challenge," she said. "They have accepted the challenge to create ways to educate people about heart health and to promote the slogan 'Eat Smart, Add Color, Move More, Be Well.'

"The health fair is a great opportunity for our students to meet health professionals in the community and to make connections," she said.

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