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The health and wellness fair provides tips for students

photo courtesy | southernct.edu Diane Morgenthaler, the Wellness Center Director, provided information to students on how to stay healthy at the Health and Wellness Fair on April 25.

Amanda Brail – New Reporter

Dr. Diane Morgenthaler, director of the Wellness Center at SCSU, said that if one was to judge the success of the Annual Health and Wellness Fair in terms of attendance then it could be considered a wild success.

“It just seems to be growing every year,” she said. “Based on how many students keep coming back it seems like they really enjoy it.”

The Health and Wellness Fair brought vendors from across the New Haven area to the Adanti Student Center Ballroom at Southern on Wednesday April 25 to show students the available options they have to stay healthy.

Nicole Martins, a senior public health major, who helped set up the event, contact the vendors, and get together the giveaways; said she has seen how much students really enjoy the event first-hand.

“It’s a really big event – the biggest that the Wellness Center puts on all year,” she said.

“There are a lot of incentives and giveaways to make the students want to come and that really seems to work.”

Martins said that she believes the event is a success, because it is so “interactive.”

According to her, food vendors were giving out free samples to students, the participating Zumba group was allowing students to come dance with them, and The Girl Spot, a group of pole-dancing instructors offering classes, were letting people try out some moves.

As for giveaways, she said, Bickram Yoga New Haven was giving away free classes and hoodies and Healthy Coffee was giving out gift baskets of organic coffees and teas.

Morgenthaler said the surveys given out to students at the Health and Wellness Fair have helped them better understand what students want out of the event.

“Based on the suggestions we’ve gotten it seems like students really enjoy the more exercise related areas,” she said.

“Fortunately, we take those surveys with heavy consideration and we are expanding on outside vendors every year.”

She said that the Wellness Center and Health Services try to get vendors from a variety of areas including “fitness, nutrition, and general mental health.”

“We just want to give all of the vendors an opportunity to share as much information as possible with the students,” said Morgenthaler.

“We want to make students more aware of options for healthy living on and off campus.”

photo courtesy | southernct.edu Diane Morgenthaler, the Wellness Center Director, provided information to students on how to stay healthy at the Health and Wellness Fair on April 25.
photo courtesy | southernct.edu
Diane Morgenthaler, the Wellness Center Director, provided information to students on how to stay healthy at the Health and Wellness Fair on April 25.

Brigitte Stiles, director of Health Services at SCSU said that she was a part of the first event in 2005 that combined the efforts of the Wellness Center and Health Services.

It is now both the Wellness Center and the Health Services biggest event.

“We just thought it would make sense for it to be a group effort,” she said, “and based on the attendance of the last few years students really seem to like it.”

Stiles said the main message she wanted students to get from attending the event was how to still eat right, sleep right, and manage their sexual health despite the stresses of college.

“It’s really about general safety concerns,” she said.

Martins, also a student worker for the Wellness Center, said that she hopes the Health and Wellness Fair shows students that there are fun ways to keep active and stay healthy.

She said, “I just hope that this shows students that staying active and healthy is a lot easier than you may think.”

 

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