Three SHU Groups to Sponsor Health and Wellness Fair

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To promote healthy living, three SHU programs are combining efforts for the first time to present the “Spring into Wellness” Health Fair on April 10 from noon to 3 p.m.

“The purpose is to increase awareness, educate, motivate, and empower employees to improve their health and well-being,” said Sofi Kapadia, director of employee benefits. “We wanted to make it a more community-focused event.”

The event is being sponsored by the SHU Employee Wellness Program, Health Services, and SHU Allied Health Professionals, which collaborated to combine the student and employee wellness health fairs. The fair will be open to all faculty, staff, and students.

Student Health Services has sponsored a wellness fair for several years, but this is the first time the three groups have collaborated.

The long-term goal is to enable employees to achieve an improved quality of life, according to Kapadia.

“We hope to make more information available to all constituents of the university,” she said.

Events will take place in several locations. At University Commons, participants will have access to student projects, Smoke Stoppers, counselors, free massage, a nutritionist, and raffles. Information will be available about a variety of issues, including substance abuse, eating disorders, alcohol abuse, diabetes, and many other public health issues.

The faculty lounge will serve as a testing and screening center. There will be blood pressure, cholesterol, body-mass-index, body composition, and glucose tests available.

Mammograms will also be available on the second floor of the HC 213 Academic Building, but pre-registration, a prescription, and insurance card are required. Anyone interested can call 203-576-5500 to register.

Many of the information booths will give away health products such as hand sanitizers and other similar gifts. Raffle prizes include baskets with healthy food items, gift certificates to health stores, and other items geared toward health and physical fitness.