Got Health? Health and Wellness Fair 2013 Recap

students at the health and wellness fairAs you may have discovered after reading several of my previous posts, I love to be involved in events on campus. The great thing about D’Youville is that there is always something going on. Equally as much, there is always something being given away! One of my favorite things to do is to attend one of the various fairs, and this past week was the annual Health and Wellness Fair. This year I had the opportunity to develop and talk at one the dietetics department’s booths for one of my classes, Community Nutrition Supervised Practice (DTC 522SP).

As soon-to-be dietitians, students in the dietetics department at D’Youville College are trained in many aspects of our future career. We not only learn about and train in clinical settings like hospitals and nursing homes, we also become competent in, but not limited to,

poster of "registered dietitian" nutrition education and counseling, foodservice management, nutrition research, and nutrition program development and implementation. For DTC 522SP, we were assigned to conduct a needs assessment, develop and implement a nutrition intervention, and finally, evaluate and share our results. To make a long story short, part of my group’s intervention was educating the students and future health professionals of D’Youville about dietitians at the health fair. We also promoted our booth hanging up flyers on campus and by sending “Nutrition Tips of the Day” for National Nutrition Month via the DYC News Brief e-mails.

Not only were the three dietetics’ booths a success, but the Health and Wellness Fair had a great turnout! There was plenty of free (and healthy!) food and raffles, but also many health departments and local agencies had free screenings, tests, handouts, and activities for those who attended the fair. Below are a few highlights from the fair!

students and faculty at the tiki bar at the health and wellness fair

The Nursing department‘s Tiki Bar was a hit at the Health Fair providing four options of non-alcoholic drinks to those who stopped by their booth. I tried the delicious “Afterglow” complete with pineapple and orange juice.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York table at the health and wellness fair

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York came to the health fair and had students spin the wheel and answer questions for chances to win their raffle prize. Also, look at the picture to see the difference of 5 pounds of fat compared to 5 pounds of muscle!

The Massage Studio of Buffalo giving students free five minute massages

The Massage Studio of Buffalo came to the health fair to give students free five minute massages!

The chiropractic department providing posture screenings to student

The chiropractic department was providing posture screenings to students, and they also had a grip strength test. If you didn’t know already, students get free chiropractic appointments on campus!

Here are some more pictures from the Health and Wellness Fair:

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Did you have a chance to check out the Health and Wellness Fair this year? What was your favorite booth? Or, did you volunteer at the fair? Let me know what you think!