Cincinnati--University of Cincinnati (UC) will host its first
campus-wide health and wellness fair for students, faculty, staff and
administrators on Wednesday, October 11. The fair is the opening event
of this year's Just Community events and will take place from 11 a.m.
to 6 p.m. at Sigma Sigma Commons on west campus.
founded in 1995, challenges the UC community to respect diversity and
encourages communication and community development at UC. Every school
year, Donald Harrison, MD, senior vice president and provost of health
affairs for the UC Medical Center, and the UC Medical Center Just
Community Planning Committee introduce a new theme to advocate
communication and awareness of issues relating to the campus community.
In past years, domestic violence and alcohol awareness have been among
the topics of Just Community events. This year, the committee chose the
current theme of health and wellness to reflect a positive, pro-active
subject affecting students and faculty in their everyday lives. The
fair includes components of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual
"The health and wellness fair is an opportunity to
educate students and faculty of the valuable resources the Medical
Center and west campus programs provide for the UC community," Harrison
said. "This event will emphasize the importance of wellness and promote
personal and professional growth."
The health and wellness fair
is a Just Community event sponsored by the Medical Center and west
campus organizations. The fair will feature more than 60 booths
offering information, pamphlets, games, food and demonstrations. Many
prizes will be raffled at the fair, including a free three-month water
rental from Aqua Cool. Two grand-prize winners will receive either
full-tuition for a school quarter, or one free parking pass for a
school quarter. Q-102 (WKRQ-FM, 101.9) will broadcast live music
between 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.
"The goal of the fair is to develop
a true awareness of wellness in the broad sense," said Dorothy Air,
PhD, co-chair of Just Community and assistant dean of student affairs
for College of Medicine.
The Medical Center planning committee,
comprised of faculty and students representing different programs and
organizations, dedicate themselves to providing the tools necessary to
build community and enhance personal experiences at UC. "Just Community
has grown into an east and west campus initiative," Air said. "It
allows UC students and faculty to connect to important resources and
promote unity of both campuses."
"Wellness is more than just
exercise and nutrition," said Kirsten Lupinski, director and program
manager of the Wellness Center. "It is also about improving lifestyles."
Air hopes the fair will "elevate health and wellness to the surface and stimulate interest in one's own well being."
For more information about the health and wellness fair, call 513-558-4553.