Healthfest provides advice and goodies for students

By Melissa Fowler

The Cal Poly Student Health Center hosted the Healthfest to
inform students on how to lead a healthier lifestyle last Thursday
in the University Quad.

Those who attended the event had the opportunity to visit
various tables, which offered tips and demonstrations on how to
improve poor health habits.

Some services offered at the fair included cold and flu
prevention advice and fruits from the Farm Store. The cold and flu
table was a popular this year because of concerns over the recent
outbreak of swine flu.

New to this year’s wellness fair was the love lab. This table
offered sexual health advice and free condoms to those who stopped
by.

A popular booth for students was the free massages, which proved
to be especially favorable among those about to take midterms.

Ravi Ravinnath, a third-year biotech student, took full
advantage of the free massages.

“I had a midterm in the morning,” said Ravinnath. “The massage
was very relaxing.”

Students were encouraged to enjoy the activities at the event
and some left with a better knowledge of their own personal care as
well.

Ivonne Orozco, a fourth-year chemical engineering major, was
happy to come away with knowledge about wellness.

“You get a lot of good information,” said Orozco. “They’re
trying to reach students.”

The fair was noticeably smaller compared with prior events,
dropping by more than 15 vendors previously to eight this year.

According to Debbie Jackley, student health services marketing
coordinator, the event was condensed for multiple reasons.

“We decided to scale back partly because of budget cuts,” said
Jackley.

She also said the larger events were getting away from the true
purpose of the Healthfest.

Students were only attending for the free goodies, and not for a
better knowledge about their health.

“The big scale event of the past got lost on students,” said
Jackley “They came to the fair and were not sure who put it
on.”

The Healthfest is put on once each quarter, with the exception
of summer. It is sponsored by the Student Health Center and the
Wellness Center.

Students can visit the Health Center for immunizations,
emergency contraception, and health assessments. The center is open
Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located in front
of parking lot J. It is closed on campus during furlough
days.

Reach Melissa Fowlers at: news@thepolypost.com

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Healthfest provides advice and goodies for students

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