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Health and Fitness Expo showcases physical, mental and spiritual wellness

By Kerry Stanhope, Student Health and Wellness Center

The Student Health and Wellness Center is partnering with the Pohl Recreation Center to sponsor and support events that help showcase the resources and services on campus that target all aspects of student wellbeing. These include mental and physical health, spirituality and connections to other people, career and financial success, and civic engagement.

"Wellness is about more than just exercise and health promotion so the Student Health and Wellness Center decided to team up with the Pohl Recreation Center to provide a series of program to highlight all the areas of wellbeing," Kerry Stanhope, wellness center supervisor of administrative outreach, said.

Events include the April 5 lecture by Robert Huizenga, M.D., consultant to NBC's The Biggest Loser, plus a program on spirituality, a career panel discussion, blood and bone marrow donation drives, a financial program looking at costs and benefits of health insurance and a street fair highlighting on and off-campus health, fitness and wellness resources.

“It is important for students, and anyone else, take a holistic approach to their life and ensuring a healthy balance among all aspects of wellbeing,” Stanhope said.  “Focusing on one or two areas only can detrimentally affect you in other areas, like focusing solely on your career can cause problems with your health or relationships.”

To encourage attendance at events, students can swipe in to receive a chance to win prizes including UNT items, free food, and gift certificates for free massages.

Schedule of Events

  • Robert Huizenga, MD, "Biggest Loser" TV program, copyright NBCRobert Huizenga, M.D., right, former advisor to NBC's The Biggest Loser talks about his non-surgical approach to weight loss and being healthier.  Presented by the UNT Distinguished Lecture Series on at 7 p.m. April 5 in the University Union, Silver Eagle Suite.  Tickets are free to students and $5 for faculty and staff.  
  • Soaring with Belief to Spiritual Health is based on the book This I Believe and video series “Story Core”, this session will provide students with an opportunity to talk about their spiritual health. Session will discuss resources and information available on campus to help students with their spiritual health and exploration. The open discussion format allows students to share personal experiences on how they are leading healthy spiritual lives. Co-sponsored with Multicultural Center and UNT Spiritual Life Council at noon April 6, in Chestnut Hall, Room 324.
  • Carter Blood Care will collect blood donations from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 10. Find the van on the corner of Avenue D and Chestnut Street.
  • Health and Fitness Expo is a street fair showcasing on campus resources and community partners, including mental and physical health services, financial counseling, dining choices and nutrition. Sign up for Be the Match bone marrow registry and free STD testing provided by Dallas County Health Department, and for discounted lab testing at the Student Health and Wellness Center. Events last from noon to 4 p.m. along Chestnut Street in front of Chestnut Hall and the Pohl Recreation Center. Learn more.  
  • The Health and Fitness Career Panel is co-sponsored by the Career Center and will provide students the opportunity to talk with employers, alumni, professionals and graduate program recruiters about health and fitness related careers.  Learn more at 12:30 p.m. April 10 in Chestnut Hall, Room 120B.
  • The Student Money Management Center and the Student Health and Wellness Center Billing Department have collaborated to develop Health Insurance 101, a program that evaluates the different sources of health care along with the importance of having health and disability insurance. Presented at 5 p.m. April 10, Chestnut Hall, Room 324.
  • Get Right for Your Body Type is a fashion show sponsored by The Conversation, UNT’s peer education group. Learn how to stay fashionable and healthy no matter what your shape. This free event will be at 7 p.m. April 11 in the University Union, Golden Eagle Suite.

Posted on: Wed 04 April 2012

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