Wellness fair gives away mountain bikes and massages
March 28, 2011 —
Staying healthy can be difficult on a college budget.
After paying for tuition and books, students can be left with little money for groceries.
The Healthy U Wellness Fair on Tuesday, March 22 offered students the chance to learn about lowcost, nutritious food and other inexpensive health fixes.
Students and faculty attended the event in the Cardinal Gym. Health centers around the Tri-Cities were invited to host a table dedicated to explaining their services.
Some organizations present included the American Red Cross Saginaw County chapter, Blue Cross Blue Shield and the Underground Railroad. Covenant Healthcare hosted multiple tables, one for each of its services including the Covenant Healthcare Sleep Center.
Some tables provided free testing for students and faculty.
Sam’s Club Optical provided free eye exams while the Tri-City Chiropractic Center provided free posture checks and massages.
It was exercise science adjunct professor Lyndee Zimpfer’s first time to the wellness fair.
“Well, with the health risks in my family it was nice to have the bone density done, get my sugar checked, my blood pressure,” she said. “I was actually really happy that they were all normal.”
Some students found out new information about themselves, such as blood types.
Jamie Thompson, sociology junior, said, “I found out that I was O-, which now they want my blood.”
She also said that she tried to get her blood pressure taken, but was exhausted after mulitiple tries.
She had her blood sugar and heart rate taken, however, and she found out that they were both irregular.
“They said my heart was really, really fast and my blood sugar was high,” she said. “I expected my blood sugar to be high.”
Thompson said that she and her friends had fun trying out food samples that were also provided.
“There were quite a few free samples that I thought were really cool. We tried some different foods that we would have never tried on our own,” she said.
She and her friends also received free gym passes as an incentive to stay healthy.
There was also a drawing to win one of two mountain bikes.
“I was impressed. We got a whole bag full of free stuff,” Thompson said. “Overall, it was pretty informative.”