PhilaU hosted its third annual HealthyU Wellness Fair on March 24, drawing over 300 students for health-related activities and services.
The event offered free health and fitness services, including chair massages, blood pressure screenings, fitness assessments, and ZUMBA, yoga and spinning-class demonstrations. Interactive games and prizes were a big hit with students, said Rhonda Davis, director of fitness and wellness.
“We gave away over $3,000 worth of prizes, food and services,” Davis said. Games like the cash cube (where contestants tried to catch swirling paper money in a wind-blown booth), inflatable twister, a dizzy bat contest and “Pin the Horn on the Ram” were participant favorites.
The wellness fair also drew crowds with free, healthy food and snacks. Rita’s Italian Ice, mini-sub sandwiches, Manhattan Bagel, Best Darn Kettlecorn, Naked Juice, yogurt, granola bars and fresh fruit and vegetables were on display for students to sample.
“The primary purpose of this program is to inform our Philadelphia University community about the latest health and wellness issues so we all can continue to make informed lifestyle choices and become aware of resources available to us right here in our PhilaU community,” Davis said before the event.
One of the information booths urged students to consider the dangers of phone use while driving. “This was an important part of the message to students about taking personal responsibility for one’s health and safety,” Davis said. “We had a huge display of the national young-adult driver survey posted with questions on one side of the display and answers on the other. It noted the number of young adult deaths due to distracted driving.”
Over 40 students signed the “No Phone Zone” pledge to stop texting or talking while driving.
The wellness fair was sponsored by the Fitness Center and the Athletics Department. Photos and a video of the event are posted on the athletics website. To see the video, click here. For photos, click here.