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6The Daily Tar HeelTuesday, December 5, 1 989
Experts caution against cholesterol testing procedures
By ROBERT BERRY
Although North Carolina does not
regulate cholesterol screenings, medi
cal experts said consumers can protect
themselves against unsafe procedures
"by using simple caution.
"Drawing blood from somebody
should obviously be safe and effec
tive," said Dr. David Weber, medical
director of hospital epidemiology at the
UNC School of Medicine.
. Weber said there was no lack of safe
Food, fellowship shared
at Moravian Love Feast
:y ANNE ISENHOWER
X Many North Carolinians associate
I the Moravians with the town of Old
! Salem and with the ginger cookies and
'. sweetbread they traditionally make. It
! seems only fitting that a Moravian
'. Christmas celebration shares good food
." along with fellowship.
; ; A Love Feast in the Moravian tradi
! tion will be held Sunday at 7:30 p.m. in
' the chapel of the Wesley Foundation at
214 Pittsboro St. The annual service is
open to all, and students are especially
Participants in the service sing Christ
mas hymns, share Moravian buns and
coffee, pray, listen to the reading of the
.Christmas story and light beeswax
Manuel Wortman is the campus
minister of the United Methodist Church
and director of the Wesley Foundation,
, which sponsors the Love Feast.
"We've been holding the Love Feast
for about 15 years," he said. "The vast
majority of the 275 to 300 people that
come are students, though we also get
By CHERYL ALLEN
A poster in the Wellness Resource
Center reads, "Eat like there's no to
morrow, and there may not be."
It sounds ominous, but according to
Susan Chappell, coordinator of the
Wellness Resource Center (WRC), the
purpose of the center is not to make
students panic but to make them more
aware of their own healthiness.
"Wellness is all about helping people
to make positive lifestyle changes."
The WRC offers consultation and
referral to help students achieve well
ness, she said. Trained peer consultants
advise students about nutrition, weight
control, eating disorders, stress man
agement, relationships and other is
sues. Richard Helgans, a graduate student
in exercise physiology from Hunting
ton, N.Y., is a peer consultant who
helps students set up exercise programs.
"Most of the students I see are inter
ested in setting up an exercise program
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guidelines for such procedures, just
uneven compliance with those guide
lines. He said safe testing procedures
should include washing hands, wear
ing rubber gloves and using either dis
posable equipment or equipment which
is properly sterilized between uses.
AIDS and hepatitis are two of about
20 diseases which can be transmitted
by contaminated equipment, Weber
said. The chief danger is transmission
from patient to patient, although infec
tions can be passed from the patient to
other members of the community.
"It has an almost childlike quality
it's a real warm service. Children love
The Love Feast has its roots in the
practice of the early Christian church
when small groups of people ate, sang
and prayed together. This practice dis
appeared around the fourth century, but
it was revived by the Moravian church
in North America in the early 1700s.
"John Wesley, the founder of the
Methodist church, spent one summer
with some Moravians, and they had an
influence on him," Wortman said. "So
there is an informal connection be
tween the two faiths."
Winston-Salem has the biggest group
of Moravians in this area, he said.
Pam Holcomb, a senior from Double
Oak, Texas, is a member of the Wesley
Singers, a group of about 15 Methodist
students who sing once a month at
University United Methodist Church
and annually at the Love Feast. She
sang at last year's Feast.
'The most obvious difference (be
tween the Love Feast and other serv
Resource Center promotes fitness, health
either to lose weight, gain weight, in
crease strength or endurance," he said.
Jane Robinson, a junior psychology
major from Asheville, is a peer consult
ant specializing in eating disorders.
"It's not so scary to go to the WRC as
it is to go to Student Psychological
Services," she said. "Sometimes I think
you just need a friend to talk to, some
one with a little more information about
Robinson said she thought the pro
gram helped but emphasized that she
was not an expert.
Chappell agreed. "That's why we
are the Wellness Resource Center," she
said. "If we can't do it here, we know
where to refer you."
The WRC tries to provide motiva
tion, education and a supportive envi
ronment for students, Chappell said. "It
wellness is about becoming aware
and then having the motivation to make
a change. We have the people here to
not only motivate but to give you sup
the tester or, in rare cases, from tester to
Weber said one should consider the
supervisor of a cholesterol screening
program before participating. Usually,
national organizations like the Ameri
can Red Cross or the American Heart
Association can be trusted, in addition
to public health departments and physi
cians. Alan Clark, president of the Kappa
Psi pharmaceutical fraternity, which
sponsored a cholesterol screening at
ices) is that there are two different
faiths represented, Methodist and
Moravian. But the service does not get
into a lot of denominational specifics
it's more just a sharing of thanks,"
Ben Howell, a jun ior from New Bern,
helped serve at last year's Feast. Serv
ers come down the aisles at certain
music cues and pass out food. "It's kind
of an informal, laid-back service, with
a lot of singing." he said. "It's casual,
too you don't have to wear a coat and
tie to come. It's a time that a lot of
Cheryl Dixon, a junior from Roanoke
Rapids, also helped serve at last year's
Feast. "I went to Governor's School at
Salem College, and the first Love Feast
I went to was there. The Wesley
Foundation's service reminds me of
that one," she said.
"We try to make people feel wel
come to the Wesley Foundation and
share a little bit of Christmas with them."
For more information about the Love
Feast, contact the Wesley Foundation
Along with consultants who speak
with students on an individual basis,
the center has a browsing library to help
educate students about wellness. In
addition, peer health educators address
groups of students in residence halls
and campus organizations through
various outreach programs. These
educators are student volunteers who
have completed training sessions in
health related topics.
Aside from peer consultants, the
WRC has different programs targeted
at improving wellness.
The FIT Stop (Fun Information
Testing) assesses students' fitness lev
els. Blood pressure, heart rate, lung
volume, muscular strength, muscular
endurance, flexibility, percentage of
body fat and cardiovascular endurance
are all tested.
There is also a Fit Friend File, where
students can find exercise partners based
on when they want to work out and the
types of exercise they prefer.
TGIF (Thank Goodness I'm Fit)
takes the FIT Stop and health promo
tion topics to Chase and Lenoir dining
halls every Tuesday night. Other group
programs include weight management
groups, a program to help students stop
smoking, and a support group for re
covering anorexics and bulimics.
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UNC Wednesday and Thursday, agreed
that consumers should be cautious about
public screenings. Testing equipment
is easily available and virtually anyone
can set up a testing booth, he said.
"Basically, your starting costs are
zilch compared to what you can make,"
Clark said. His advice was to find out
what organization is behind the testing.
Kappa Psi's cholesterol screening
program was sponsored by the School
of Pharmacy and supervised by UNC's
Center for Health Promotion and Dis
Last-minute holiday shoppers
short on cash but not ideas
By NOAH BARTOLUCCI
Only 19 more shopping days left
until Christmas, and while a few UNC
students actually have finished this
holiday rite, almost everyone has at
least a few friends or relatives left to
cross off their gift list.
Michael Lower, a junior history
major from Raleigh and a transfer
student from N.C. State University,
said he was almost done.
"It's a good thing I transferred
schools," Lower said. "I knew ex
actly what to get my family for Christ
mas Carolina sweatshirts and
Once Lower looked off campus,
his gift ideas became more imagina
tive. "I got 'Pass Out,' a drinking
board game, and some Truly Taste
less Jokes books for a friend of mine."
Lower also bought a framed print
of an Ansel Adams photograph for
another friend and a photographic
book of the world's mountain ranges
for his mother. "She loves to travel,"
Directions) is the student-led support
group for people with eating disorders
or for students simply wanting more
information about them. It is a chapter
affiliated with a national support group,
the National Association of Anorexia
Nervosa and Associated Disorders.
"It's different from Student Psycho
logical Services because it's not ther
apy, it's a support group," Chappell
said. A recovering anorexic runs
Student Health Service (SHS) and
the Department of Physical Education
fund the WRC. "We encourage stu
dents to use it the WRC because, in
effect, they are paying for it through
their student health fees," Chappell said.
She said many more students could
benefit from the WRC than are using it.
Helgans agreed. "Now is the best
time to make lifestyle changes. It gets
mes or a qualified Native American
applicant pool," Lumsden said. "We're
trying to dispel this myth by gathering
The committee plans to have the
packet of information completed by the
end of January.
"There is a small number of Native
Americans nationally going on to higher
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oughly trained, used all-disposable
equipment and were advised to wear
rubber gloves, Clark said.
Recent concerns about unsafe cho
lesterol testing were spurred by a report
from the U.S. Department of Health
and Human Services, which found in a
multi-state survey that many choles
terol testers were not health care pro
fessionals and that procedures were
frequently unsanitary or inaccurate.
Clark said Kappa Psi's program had
But holiday shopping can be an
expensive endeavor. Lower added that
once he finishes his holiday shopping,
he will have spent close to $300. "At
one point, I was thinking about donat
ing plasma, because I didn't know if I'd
have all the cash I'd need."
Malinda Gibbons, a junior adver
tisng major from Fairview, said she too
would have spent near $300 on holiday
gifts. "That's only for about 1 0 people,"
she said. "But I'll be sending out a lot of
cards to friends."
For her parents, Gibbons ordered a
copy of "The Big Click," a book cap
turing last year's N.C. photo-day proj
ect. She also wants to get a leather
jacket for her sister.
Unlike Gibbons and Lower, many
find themselves waiting until the last
minute to do their holiday shopping.
"Since I've been at college, I've
waited (to do my shopping) until just a
couple days before Christmas," said
Krista Lutz, a sophomore psychology
major from Lincolnton.
Lutz had done no holiday shopping,
but she had a few ideas. "I'm going to
harder once you get out of school to do
that," he said. "Besides, now it's free."
The WRC only works with physical
fitness and nutrition and leaves medi
cal care and substance abuse to profes
sionals at SHS. But wellness has other
dimensions too, Chappell said.
Social, intellectual, occupational,
spiritual, emotional and physical well
ness are the six aspects of being healthy,
Chappell said for students, "the
physical dimension is a biggie." It in
cludes physical fitness, nutrition, medi-
Council member Joe Herzenberg is
also in favor of the proposed historic
district, but, like Andresen, believes
the fraternity issue has confused the
education," said Gillian Cell, dean of
the College of Arts and Sciences. "An
aggressive effort is needed to identify
qualified Native American faculty."
The small number of Native Ameri
cans seeking graduate degrees may
account for their lack of representation
on college faculty, said Ben Tuchi, vice
chancellor for business and finance. "I
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a good turnout despite the report, which
he had feared might scare potential
Regulations of testing procedures and
who may conduct such tests vary from
state to state, said Susan Cohen, nurs
ing consultant with the N.C. State Health
"In North Carolina, at this point in
time, I don't know of anything we have
that ironclad," she said in a telephone
interview Thursday. Instead, she said
the state has sets of guidelines.
get my mom an automatic coffee
maker and my boyfriend a compact
disc. I have a little brother, and he'll
probably get a video game cartridge."
Cindy Taylor, a freshman premed
major, also proclaimed herself a pro
crastinator. "I pretty much wait until
the last minute. I haven't started shop
ping yet, but I'm planning to go with
my mom once I get home."
Taylor said she hadn't thought too
much about gift ideas, except for her
little brother. "He wants toys. But I'll
probably get him clothes."
Clothing is the only item dentistry
student Alan Sykes from Chapel Hill
will be shopping for this holiday sea
son. "My wife does just about all our
Christmas shopping, so I have only
her to get a gift. I've decided what 1
want to get her, so I'll be going to
Lower's advice to those who don't
have enough money for gifts: "Offer
your personal services for a day. You
can be a cook or a housekeeper
parents love that. Just let Mom relax,
watch soaps and eat bonbons."
cal self-care and substance abuse con
trol. But students need to be conscious of
the other aspects of being healthy as
well, Chappell said. For instance, she
said, spiritual wellness is important even
without religious emphasis. "It's im
portant for you to become aware of
what you value most in life."
Being healthy includes emotional
wellness, Chappell said. "It involves
learning how to control stress, frustra
tion, anger, disappointment and those
things we all go through in college."
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"It makes it look like the reason (for
the historic district) is to save money
for fraternity alumni," he said. "That's
not the main issue at all."
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think the only thing that can be done is
to have an unusually aggressive re
Banu Ogan, co-chairwoman of the
NMI said, "We think that by support
ing the acquisition of a Native Ameri
can faculty member it shows that all the
minority groups are supporting each