Wellness Fair is well-attended

More than 70 campus and community organizations participated in the 13th annual Wellness Fair on Wednesday.

Although that number was roughly 10 groups fewer than what organizers had anticipated, it was still the largest group of participants the fair has ever seen, according to Jason Gillman, a health educator in the Office of Health Promotion.

Along with the many groups represented, students were able to participate in screenings for alcohol, eating disorders, anxiety, depression and stress, among other things.

In addition to that, about 30 people-mostly students-took advantage of the opportunity to donate blood at the event.

With live entertainment and free gifts handed out during most of the event, foot traffic stayed constant during most of the day, according to Rob Hunsaker, coordinator of the Alcohol and Drug Education Center.

Chartwells provided lunch for more than 500 attendees as well.

“It was a lot bigger than I thought it would be…There were a lot of people,” said Anwar Arafat, a freshman at the U whose major is undeclared.

Marlana Li, chairwoman of the Student Health Advisory Committee, said she thought activities like the screenings and other “interactive things” made it so that “everyone had a lot of fun” at the event.

The fair is put on by Student Health, the Office of Health Promotion and the Student Health Advisory Committee.

Ali Hasnain