'Hurst's seventh annual Wellness Fair slated for Friday

The seventh annual Wellness Fair at Mercyhurst College will be held Friday, March 25 in the Hermann Student Union from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Each year since 2005, the Center for Student Engagement and Leadership Development has partnered with a specific sports medicine class of Tim Harvey’s, enabling students to “take what they have learned and present it to the campus community,” said Sarah Allen, assistant director of the Center for Student Engagement & Leadership Development.

This year, all of the activities available will represent the fair’s “focus on the seven dimensions of well-being, which are environmental, occupational, emotional, mental, physical, spiritual and social,” Allen said.

Students in Harvey’s class prepared and organized activities like health screenings for blood pressure, weight, girth, oxygen saturation, body composition, and upper body strength, and exercise demonstrations such as lunge walking and Pilates, but there will also be other activities sponsored by departments on campus.

Some of these include yoga and labyrinth by Campus Ministry, massages by Iota Tau Alpha, Scent Therapy by the Multicultural Center, carbon footprint screenings along with free basil plants to those who complete the screening by the Green Team, and numerous other presentations, including “Ways to Keep your Cellphone Clean” by the Health Center.

All activities will have signs labeling each with the dimension of health they represent.

Food will also be provided, with a lunch of veggie stir-fry, water with lemon, and fruits and vegetables with low-fat dips. There will also be fruit and yogurt smoothies provided by Mercyhurst Student Government and trail mix and fresh fruit juice provided by the Counseling Center.

There will also be a survey, and those who complete it will be entered to win gifts such as a Canon digital camera and others.

The objectives of this year’s fair are to “establish an interdisciplinary approach and connect student life and academics, give students the opportunity to take what they have learned and apply it, motivate students, faculty, administrators and staff to make a positive impact of their health, increase health awareness by providing health screenings, activities, materials, demonstrations and information, teach self care practices, and promote the seven dimensions of well-being,” Allen said.

When the Wellness Fair began, it was created with the goal of celebrating women’s history month, and although female employees still receive a special invitation, the event has since evolved to reach out to all faculty, staff and students.

Allen said students can continue to pursue wellness goals all year round by completing personal assessment cards or meeting with a trainer at the Rec Center.