Health Fair offers free massages, information about healthy living

The event will be held at the Friendship Walk, next to the farmers market.

Vikanya Chea, Staff Writer

This year, students can stop by the Health Fair and Associated Students Inc., farmers market all in one swoop.

The eighth annual Health Fair, sponsored by University Student Union Program Council, will be at the Friendship Walk today, next to the farmers market, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This year’s theme is “Eat healthy, be active, get checked.”

Ebonee Carter, program assistant for USU Program Council, said this year’s event is intended to “show a variety of health issues and the proper protocol to help a state of well-being and balance.”

In the past, the event has focused on highlighting spiritual, mental and physical health, but this year will have “a more clinical focus,” Carter said.

Carter said the Health Fair’s purpose is to bring organizations to campus that can inform students on topics, such as dental and sexual health, drugs, food, exercise, disease and viruses.

“There are no limitations to what can be at the Health Fair,” Carter said.

Among the organizations that will be featured at this year’s event are Boarding for Breast Cancer, California Nursing Student Association, Cal State Long Beach’s Counseling and Psychological Services and Student Health Services.

The Student Recreation and Wellness Center’s Beach Balance will also be at the event to provide free massages to attendees.

Carter said that nearly 250 students attended last year’s Health Fair. She said she hopes even more students come this year.

“Hopefully, professors are encouraging more students to come as an extra credit opportunity, which we have available,” she said.

Other sponsors of the fair include the Associated Students Inc. and Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students.

The fair will take place today from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Friendship Walk.

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