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At another table, Ms. Spear, a senior, discussed how prevalent insomnia is, affecting as it does 90 percent of Americans at some point in their lives. At her booth, fair-goers could throw small sheep into buckets worth different point values. Eight points, representing the eight hours of sleep everyone should get each night, earns homemade cookies. The game was based on the fact that many insomniacs try to count sheep to induce sleep.

But Ms. Spear said its not all about fun and games. “As a public health major, one of our primary goals is education and prevention,” she said, “And theres no better way to educate than at a free health fair, where people offer their services for free.”

Ms. Spear said the fair is about letting people “take control of their own lives and health by educating themselves.”

Ms. Balsam and Ms. Shapiro, both juniors, sponsored a booth on health and fitness, which featured an opportunity to explore food-portion control. Visitors to the booth were given Cheerios and asked to pour the amount they would typically serve themselves into a bowl. Then this was measured to see how close the actual serving was to Cheerios suggested serving of one cup.

“Were trying to promote weight management,” Ms. Balsam said, pointing out that this is different from the often-stressful process of trying to lose weight.

“We were taking it more like you dont have to go to the gym every day,” Ms. Shapiro added. “Its the little things you can do like taking the stairs instead of the elevator or walking to class instead of driving. Its about being healthy.”

In addition to the information booths, all of the other aspects of the health fair are run by students as well. Publicity, door prizes, facilities management, coordinating with exhibitors, selecting topics and evaluation each have their own committee responsible for making the fair run smoothly.

Meredith Hulley is a freelance writer, photographer and University of Maryland student.