Welloween to promote healthy lifestyle

October 27, 2010 | UToday
By Samantha Pixler

It’s never too late to start being health-conscious, especially with the holiday season around the corner.

welloween_finalThe University will host the annual event Welloween, a Halloween-themed health fair, to promote wellness education to the UT community.

The free health fair will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, in the Student Recreation Center. Individuals will have the chance to participate in 30 educational booths and12 health screenings, and there’ll be giveaways, door prizes, entertainment and free food.

“It is important to increase awareness for health issues in students and what they can do to prevent any illnesses,” said Angela Green, UT associate director of programming for the Office of Recreation.

The screenings will include a derma scan to detect signs of skin cancer, as well as testing for cholesterol, vision, hearing and body composition, to name a few. There will be various group workout demonstrations and interactive events at the educational booths. Flu shots also will be administered during the health fair.

The UT American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists will have a booth for attendees to take the Heartburn Awareness Challenge. “More than 60 million American adults suffer from heartburn monthly, and more than 50 percent of them are not aware of the consequences of ignoring heartburn symptoms,” said Narendrakumar Patel, a student in the College of Pharmacy. “These consequences can include gastroesophageal reflux disease, other esophageal diseases and even cancer. Stop by the booth to learn more about heartburn and discover what pharmacists can do for you.”

During past events, more than 1,000 students, faculty and staff have attended.

“It is getting close to the holiday season, and people are busier, less-active, and display more unhealthy eating habits during this time,” Green said. “Welloween can remind people that it is never too early to start on their New Year’s resolutions.”

Welloween is sponsored by Electrik Beach, which will promote teeth whitening and spray tanning as an alternative to tanning booths.

For more information, contact Green at 419.530.3702 or angela.green@utoledo.edu.

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