Wellness fair to offer info on health

According to a recent study by Tufts University in Massachusetts, the so called “freshman 15” is a myth. After a four-year study, the university found that on average, men gain four pounds and women gain four and a half pounds during their first year of college. Although this is promising to most students, proper diet, physical exercise, mental and physical health are still important to ensure college success.

Recreational Sports, along with the Student Health Center and the Counseling Center will host their annual Spring Health and Wellness Fair on Wednesday, March 29, in the LSC Mall Area from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Students, faculty and staff will also have the opportunity to seek important health-related information from organizations and health services on and off of campus.

“We strive to provide programs for our students that will aid in their health and overall well-being,” said Tina DeAses, senior assistant director of Recreational Sports.

Cholesterol, body composition (bioelectrical impedance) and blood pressure (hypertension) screenings will be provided free of charge to students and a minimal fee to faculty and staff. According to the Centers for Disease Control, high blood pressure increases an individual’s risk for heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States.

“It is important for students to recognize the value in screenings such as cholesterol and hypertension, so that they can have a baseline to compare to as they age,” said health programming coordinator Michelle Lovering.

Participants can also participate in activities, games and other demonstrations provided by the exhibitors. Giveaways, food and other prizes will also be handed out.

“We are also planning some entertaining activities for students such as creating your own stress balls to help you relax while preparing for end of semester projects and final exams,” said Counseling Center director Dr. Metcalfe. “Students will also have the opportunity to evaluate their ability to relax themselves through biofeedback mechanisms.”

For more information about the Health and Wellness Fair, contact Michelle Lovering at (936) 294-4347 or mlovering@shsu.edu.

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