Travelling Health Fair

The Travelling Health Fair is a free mobile health clinic put on once a year for  UBC staff, faculty and postdoctoral fellows.  It offers one-on-one health assessments and consultations every February.

2020: Whole Health Screenings

Do you find it hard to find balance in your life? What did you have for lunch today? How close did you park to your workplace?

Many of the world’s most common chronic health conditions (diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis etc.) are preventable or can be delayed by managing risk factors.  Small changes in behaviour and awareness can make a big difference in reducing our risks of developing a chronic health condition, both now and in the future.

The 2020 UBC Traveling Health Fair is taking a comprehensive “whole health” and prevention approach to health and wellbeing.

As part of this free health fair, you will receive the following confidential services:

  • An opportunity to assess your risk factors for chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and coronary artery disease
  • A review of your current health status (nutrition, physical activity, blood pressure, medications, immunizations)
  • A mental health check-in focused on stress and sleep
  • Interpretation of results and a personalized goal and action plan to start taking steps towards improving your overall mental and physical health

Who should attend:  Everyone!  Whether you are currently living with a chronic condition or want to learn about your risk factors, there is something for everyone at this fair. It is never too early to think about prevention.

Registration is now open.

Feb. 12 –  Orchard commons, room 3052 (Point Grey)

Feb. 18 – Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre, rooms 222 & 224 (Point Grey)

Feb. 19 – UBC Life Building, ARC classroom (Point Grey)

Feb. 20 –  Neville Scarfe Building, rooms 200 (Point Grey)

Feb. 26 – Blusson Spinal Cord Centre, 1st floor lecture hall (VGH/DHCC)

Can’t find a time?  Click here to access the waitlist.

All services are provided by pharmacists from the UBC Pharmacists Clinic and trained students from the UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Missed the fair?

Visit our Virtual Health Fair.  It includes over 20 different screenings, tools and resources to help you assess your current status and make improvements towards a healthier self.

2019: Kidney Health  Screening

Kidneys have the important job of filtering blood, removing waste and extra fluid, balancing salts and minerals in the bloodstream, and making essential hormones.  On average,  kidneys filter our entire blood volume 60 times a day!  1 in 10 Canadians have kidney disease and millions more are at risk.  How are your kidneys doing?  Awareness and healthy choices can maintain the health of your kidneys now and in the future.

As part of this FREE health fair participants received the following services:

  • Information about kidneys, kidney issues and risk factors for kidney disease
  • Blood pressure and BMI (height & weight) measurements that impact kidney health
  • Small finger prick test to measure kidney function (no urine sample required)
  • Interpretation of results and individualized kidney health action plan (captured in a health passport to take home)

*Through the 2019 assessments, 4% of participants discovered that they had mildly to severely decreased kidney function.  The fair also identified 16% of participants with blood pressure measurements outside of the normal range.

2018: Heart Health Screenings

Heart disease and stroke are leading causes of death and disability for Canadians. Understanding risk factors and prevention strategies is key.

As part of this fair, participants will receive the following services: 

  • Blood pressure measurement;
  • Body mass index (BMI) and waist measurement;
  • Cholesterol measurement (involves a small finger prick);
  • Calculation of heart disease risk (Framingham score);
  • Interpretation of results and individualized heart health action plan (captured in a health passport).

*Through the 2018 assessments, 11% of participants discovered that they were at risk for a cardiovascular event within 10 years. The screenings also identified  cholesterol levels that exceeded healthy ranges in 42% of participants.

2017: Diabetes Awareness

Eleven million Canadians live with diabetes or pre diabetes. Chances are you or someone you know is affected, however many people may not even know they are affected. Awareness and knowledge are critical.

This year, participants received:

  • Education about blood sugars, diabetes and what it all means
  • Measurement of weight, waist, blood pressure and blood sugars
  • Education about diabetes risk factors and a personalized risk assessment
  • Interpretation of results with an individualized action plan for preventing or reducing diabetes risk

*Through the 2017 assessments, 13% of participants discovered that they were pre-diabetic or at risk for pre-diabetes. The screenings also prompted 44% of participants to seek follow up care with another health professional.

2016: Lung Health

Do you notice your breathing? Are you slumped forward, tensed up or taking shallow breaths?  Do you have a lung condition?  We take approximately 22,000 breaths each day, usually without even realizing it, and in some situations our health can be compromised if we are not breathing properly.

Effective breathing and healthy lungs starts with knowledge!

This year, participants received:

  • A lung health check-up.
  • Information about breathing and the lungs.
  • Lung health risk factor information.
  • A personalized action plan for optimal lung health.

2015: Bone up on your Health

Bones truly are the backbone of your body.  They support you, allow you to move, and protect the body from injury.  Bones also store and release much needed minerals within the body.  Your bone health is largely determined by how well you understand and look after your bones.  We are here to help!

As part of the fair, participants received the following services: 

Bone fracture risk assessment; height and weight measurement; personalized action plan for bone health and bone disease prevention; information on calcium, vitamin D intake and lifestyle factors; counselling & interpretation of results.

View photos from the fair.

Services  provided by licensed pharmacists and pharmacy students from the Pharmacists Clinic at the UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences.


For more information, please contact Miranda Massie, Health Promotions Specialist, at