HealthFEST educates students about health

By Lauren Coronado

Students gathered in University Park on Thursday during U-Hour for Cal Poly Pomona’s annual HealthFEST.

The festival, hosted by Student Health & Counseling Services, featured local companies and on-campus organizations that promote health and wellness.

Each booth at the HealthFEST offered different activities. The activities gave students the opportunity to learn more about health education.

Some booths offered complimentary items for students to take home. Giveaways included toothbrushes, hand sanitizers, shampoo and “mocktails,” alcohol-free beverages.

According to Debbie Jackley, coordinator of marketing and health services, the event originated back in the mid-1980s and was mainly done to assess students’ health.

Jackley says that the event is now intended to not only teach students about health and wellness, but also promote the programs and services offered by the university.

“We want [students] to stay well mentally, physically, and emotionally,” said Jackley.

On-campus organizations and local businesses that attended the event included the Animal Health Science and Technology Association, Aware/Awake/Alive, CPP Yoga Club and CPP Orientation Services.

Fourth-year food & nutrition student Devon Shore volunteered at the event on behalf of CPP Orientation Services.

“[The CPP Orientation Services] booth teaches students about different resources on campus through a fun activity,” said Shore. “It’s kind of like Wheel of Fortune. [Students] have the chance to win candies and prizes while learning about what the Student Health and Wellness Center offers here.”

Shore was inclined to participate in the event and share her organization’s enthusiasm for health and wellness. She says that students who visit HealthFEST get to learn about health while having fun.

“Students really enjoy the event,” said Shore. “It’s a really great way to get the student body to meet health professionals that work on campus and learn about the resources that Cal Poly Pomona offers.”

Katie Chi, a second-year business administration student, shared her HealthFEST experience.

It was fun,” said Chi. “I also liked the games that you can participate in.”

Chi was encouraged to come to the event by her roommate, who was volunteering at one of the organization booths.

Along with the freebies she received, Chi also participated in the drunk goggles obstacle course hosted by the University Police Department.

“I thought the drunk goggle activity would be easy,” said Chi. “But when I was doing it, it was really hard to see.

“I guess the whole purpose of the activity was to see what situation you would be in if you were drunk, and that really helped me because I’ve never been drunk before.”

Overall, Chi had an enjoyable time.

“I would definitely come back next year,” said Chi.


Racieli Andrada / The Poly Post


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