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Publish Date: 08/21/00
Media Contact: AHC Public Relations, (513) 558-4553
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'Just Community' Promotes Health Awareness with Wellness Fair

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.

Just Community, 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 wellness.

"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.

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