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Wellness Fair focuses on holistic health

By Marcia Porter

The first day of spring at Memorial opens with a Wellness Fair for students and employees that focuses on living well, getting active and staying connected to community.

The fair takes place Wednesday, March 21, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Bruneau Centre for Research and Innovation and features displays and demonstrations from more than 30 agencies offering information and services on physical, emotional, financial, spiritual and sexual health.

"Our goal is to be holistic in our approach," said Laura Chapman, wellness co-ordinator, Department of Human Resources, and who is organizing this year's event in partnership with Student Affairs and Services. "Research has shown that there are many facets to wellness and we wanted to encompass them all, to show that wellness is not just about the physical."

This year's fair includes representatives from tai chi and meditation groups on campus, the Canadian Mental Health Association, the East Coast Trail Association, Canadian Blood Services, the Victorian Order of Nurses and Credit and Debt Solutions and more.

Held annually for employees over the past few years, the Wellness Fair was broadened in scope two years ago to include students.

"We were looking for ways to partner on activities with student affairs," said Ms. Chapman. "Everyone has a different perspective and we wanted to meet those needs."

Students have been keen to test their fitness levels, learn their blood type and do glucose and cholesterol testing. For many, it will be the first time they to do these sorts of health checks.

And every year Ms. Chapman meets employees who bring along health check information from the previous year as a way to monitor their progress.

"We had one man find out that his cholesterol was lower than the previous year and he went to see his doctor," she said. "A change in his diet had helped him bring down his cholesterol."