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 March 21, from 10-4 in the Bruneau Centre, and features displays and demonstrations from over 30 agencies offering information and services on physical, emotional, financial, spiritual and sexual health.
“Our goal is to be holistic in our approach,” says Laura Chapman, wellness co-ordinator for the Department of Human Resources who’s 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, from organizations including the Canadian Mental Health Association, The East Coast Trail Association, Canadian Blood Services, the Victorian Order of Nurses, and Credit and Debt Solutions, just to name a few.
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,” says Laura. “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 of them it will be the first time to do these sorts if checks.
And every year Laura meets employees who bring along health check information from the previous year as a way to monitor their progress.