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Students browse Centennial Walkway during last year's health expo. Students browse Centennial Walkway during last year's health expo.
 


Begin Your 'Road to Wellness' April 7

"Health Expo: The Road to Wellness" will promote overall healthy lifestyles.
By Lydia Bakit
 

Life as a college student can make it hard to relax or take care of one's well being. But, with assistance from Student Health Services, an opportunity to change is here.

In celebration of National Public Health Week, Student Health Services will host its annual health expo from 10 a.m.–3 p.m., April 7, on Centennial Walkway, under the theme of ‘Road to Wellness.’

Since 1995, National Public Health Week is celebrated during the first week in April. Communities throughout the nation celebrate NPHW to highlight and recognize issues that are important to improving the public’s health.

The event is sponsored and hosted by HeadSTRONG, a student organization that supports overall wellness, and it will feature more than 50 health and wellness-based organizations. On-and-off campus entities will share invaluable information and provide free samples and prizes to promote healthy college lifestyles.

Additional event sponsors include:

Topics covered

The information fair will focus on health-related topics, including:

  • Nutrition
  • Organic food options
  • Sexual health
  • Alcohol and drugs
  • Body image
  • Relationship violence
  • Stress management 

“Students may not be aware of different resources around in the local community,” said Prashila Mistry, president of HeadSTRONG and nutrition graduate assistant in health promotion.

“This is a way for them to receive outreach, information and resources for not only now, but in the future.”

Not the average health expo

In addition to traditional health information and medical services, the health expo will share information about unique alternative medicine options, such as chiropractic and holistic healing services.

“Wellness extends a lot farther than just your physical health,” said Stephanie Waits, a graduate assistant of ARC Wellness and Violence Prevention. “I think we’ll be able to provide that by having people from such a huge range of wellness organizations.”

The interactive fair will also feature self-defense demonstrations by SDSU’s Department of Public Safety, a rock wall and other participatory activities.

‘Walk’ the walkway and leave with more

Each table will have a stamp card available for students to fill when they visit different tables. By visiting at least six tables, students can receive a free prize from the Student Health Services health expo table, including sunglasses, a tote bag and more.

Furthermore, several prizes will be offered for answering health-related questions from Student Health Services’ prize wheel.

For more information, contact Stephanie Waits at swaits@shsmail.sdsu.edu.