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Students received prizes while learning healthy habits. Photo courtesy of UT Arlington.

Health Fair promotes healthy Spring Break 

By: Amanda Gilliam
Staff Writter

 A Fun in the Sun Health Fair featured yoga classes, chefs, massages and more on March 5 in the University Center.

The inclusion of new businesses from within the college community added a new twist to this year’s Health Fair, said Brittany Blount, health promotions intern. The Health Fair was sponsored by the Health Center and the Student Health Advisory Committee. Goals of the Health Fair included educating students on different health issues and promoting healthy habits during Spring Break.

“Our main goal is to make an impact on the student and campus community,” Blount said. “When they leave, we want them to take something away from the fair.”

In recent years, vendors brought prizes, giveaways, raffles and gift cards. Additionally, restaurants and chefs gave samples and educated students on healthy eating habits and how to prepare healthy food. Pho Xpress, a Vietnamese restaurant on campus, planned to give out free samples, Manager Tim Dinh said.

“We don’t really have a goal; just to have fun and get seen,” Dinh said. “We like sponsoring people and it helps them and us.”

The first Health Fair, which occurred in 2008, brought a successful turnout and began an annual tradition. Health Services puts a lot of effort into the Health Fair and usually plans for the event well in advance, Blount said. This year, Blount and the other organizers expected around 600 students to attend.

“I plan to go for the free stuff, food, info and prizes,” said Interdisciplinary senior Christina Clayborne. “I also want to be a part of promoting healthy lifestyles and also have fun.”

Clayborne enjoyed last year’s Health Fair, especially Chef Johnson who showed her low calorie recipes. However, class time conflicted with some events, which made seeing everything the Health Fair had to offer hard, Clayborne said.

The Fun in the Sun Health Fair was Tuesday March 5, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. according to the Shorthorn calendar. The event celebrated health and included food, prizes and educated on the harmful effects of the sun to the skin. The event’s main locations was the Palo Duro and Blue Bonnett Rooms of the University Center, with other activities at the University Center and Central Library Malls.

Students received free health screenings. Photo courtesy of UT Arlington.