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By / May 21, 2015 (iStock/Thinkstock)

The American College Health Association opens its 2015 Annual Meeting early next week. This year’s focus: health equality among students.

College health professionals are Florida-bound for the American College Health Association’s 2015 Annual Meeting. On tap are 150 education sessions and discussions to help attendees increase knowledge, update professional skills, and share their own expertise in student health.

Association: American College Health Association

Conference: ACHA 2015 Annual Meeting

Venue: Orlando World Center Marriott

This year’s conference has a special focus on health equality among students. Programming—including the opening general session with Dr. Henry Chung—will explore how race, age, disability, residency status, sexual orientation, and other social factors may affect a student’s health and, therefore, his or her personal and academic success. Here are three other noteworthy tidbits:

Hot topics. Education sessions will cover a variety of current subjects, including transgender health programs, cardiac screenings of collegiate athletes, sexual violence prevention plans, and medical marijuana on campus.

Practice what you preach. ACHA 2015 encourages attendees to stretch not only their intellectual muscles but also their physical and emotional ones. The meeting will offer a variety of fitness and relaxation programs, including Zumba, kickboxing, yoga, water aerobics, and chair massage, that it hopes attendees will pass on to students and colleagues when they return home.

Give back. ACHA is asking attendees to pack new and unused toys, art supplies, and baby and toddler items in their suitcases. Attendees can drop off their donations or put together an activity kit at the Student Section Table or decorate a bag for the kits during the meeting’s diversity reception. The items will be donated to the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children.

Check up on the meeting from afar through Facebook and Twitter (#ACHA15). Also, read the conference blog.

Samantha Whitehorne

Samantha Whitehorne is editorial director of Associations Now. More »

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