By Abilio Dominguez
As part of Health and Wellness Week from March 24 to March 30, a Health and Wellness Fair was held in Hillwood Commons on Wednesday, March 27 during common hour.
Many health related activities took place. At one table, students gave free massages to relieve stress. At another table, students were offering free condoms and also informing other students about sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
A group of students in the nursing program gave free blood pressure screenings to about 40 students. Kayla Halper, a sophomore nursing major and health care administration minor, participated. She is a member of the new student nursing association on campus, which has a goal of becoming a “national student nursing association chapter.” At the blood pressure screenings, the students recommended follow up with primary care providers to those who needed it.
Halper hopes to implement more health events on campus through the student nursing association.
Other events during health and wellness week included a self defense workshop in the Pratt Recreation Center during common hour on Monday, March 25, Ask a Nutritionist Workshop during common hour on Tuesday, March 26 in Hillwood Commons, and a healthy cooking demo with Chef Romel during common hour on Wednesday March 27 in the Winnick Student Center.
The health and wellness fair, organized by Ashley John, director of student engagement, promoted the importance of seeking medical advice, monitoring and proper health care for students