CHEW’s “Healthier U Day” kicks off year on Dionne Green

AQUINAS PHOTO / CJ GALLAGHER STUDENTS PARTICIPATING in yoga on the Dionne Green Friday at Healthier U Day, hosted by The Center for Health, Education and Wellness.

AQUINAS PHOTO / CJ GALLAGHER / STUDENTS PARTICIPATING in yoga on the Dionne Green Friday at Healthier U Day, hosted by The Center for Health, Education and Wellness.

Published: October 2, 2015

JESSIE KOERNER
Staff Writer

The Center for Health, Education and Wellness, also known as CHEW, kicked off its year of events with Healthier U Day on the Dionne Green to promote the importance of being healthy in all dimensions of wellness on Sept. 25.

Students were handed a “wellness passport” upon swiping in with the eight dimensions of wellness on it. The eight dimensions of wellness are intellectual, social, physical, spiritual, occupational, emotional and multicultural and environmental. The students had to go to four of the eight colors on the passport to receive a free “Be happy, be healthy” t-shirt, and they had to go to all eight dimensions of wellness in order to receive a $2 coupon to the farmers market table outside the tent area.

“Wellness is more than just physical. We want to educate students on all education of wellness while providing an overview of campus resources as well as our community wellness partners to our faculty and staff.” Stephanie Adamec, the director of CHEW said.

Healthier U Day not only featured the CHEW and the peer health educators, but over 35 clubs and outside resources. The students of community health education, exercise science and counseling were able to practice the curriculum they have been learning and apply it during the health screenings.

“We really want to partner with a lot of different offices and get the word out to promote what is happening across Scranton,” Adamec said.

Some highlights of the event included bike tours courtesy of Bike Scranton, a farmers market stand, yoga on the Dionne Green and employee health assessments.

Colleen Faede, a junior at The University thought “it was interesting and informative.”

“It had a variety of different ways to be healthy and I really enjoyed that,” Faede said.

With over 655 registered guests and over 100 just walking around, CHEW is planning on making Healthier U Day an annual event.

You can catch members of CHEW and the peer health educators promoting healthy lifestyles around campus with many different programs such as the wellness wagons, finals de-stressor week, the fitness challenge and many more new and exciting events this year.

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