Health, Wellness Fair provides information, testing

Amanda Stickles, Staff writer

Wilkes University had its annual Health and Wellness Fair getting people educated on health issues in an interactive way.

The event was held on March 25 in the Henry Student Center Ballroom from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and welcomed all students, staff and faculty.

The event had several different tables set up, each with different information and screenings for guests to check out. It was a way for everyone to become aware of the health issues people may or do face in their lives.

Gail Holby, coordinator of the Health and Wellness Fair and Michele Grushinski, part of Human Resources, greeted people at the door, giving them a warm welcome for coming and stopping by and encouraged everyone to take advantage of all the great things presented in the fair.

“It becomes a great turnout every year,” Holby said.

Screenings and presenters in the event included: chiropractic evaluation, diabetes education, sex education, fitness education, massages, alcohol screening, contraception, smoking cessation, bone density screening, blood pressure, blood glucose, and access to a nutritionist and representatives from Wilkes medical and vision insurance and much more.

The event encourages students from the nursing and pharmacy programs to become a part of the fair as well and set up their own tables with billboards and information to give out to the guests.

Several different tables were giving away free samples which included: skin care products, vitamin health bars, ChapStick, pens, snacks and more.

Health Services, Human Resources and BACCHUS sponsored the Health and Wellness Fair this year.

“I’m in charge of getting the benefits and the local sponsors for the event, and every year we try to get someone new to spice things up,” Grushinski said.

Students, staff and guests also had the opportunity to put their name in raffles and get a chance to win prizes that included: yoga mats, iTunes cards, hair products, skin products, candy, hot cocoa mix and more.