“Nothing beats perfect weather, great food, tons of fun, prizes and an opportunity to get healthy,” said Teresa Chmelir, associate director, Counseling Center.
That’s what happened at the third annual Healthy Knights Expo, which was held on October 13 on the Student Union Patio.
The Counseling Center offered opportunities for students to learn about mental health issues as well as increasing awareness around diversity and eating disorders. Students were able to talk with clinicians about services and programs offered through the center. The Health Center and Pharmacy provided free blood pressure and pre-diabetes screenings and the Women’s Clinic was also available to screen insurance coverage for the HPV vaccination, and Gardasil. In addition, the Health Center offered their first flu shot clinic and a Lunch & Learn Cooking Demonstration for tips on how to make tasty and nutritious meals on a budget was presented by the registered dietitian and licensed nutritionist.
On Memory Mall, the Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Programming (AOD) office, along with the assistance of Campus Police, offered the Simulated Impaired Driving Experience (SIDNE), which allowed students to experience what really happens when they drive under the influence. SIDNE is the newest tool in the fight against drunk driving. It’s a battery-powered, remote-controlled vehicle that resembles a go-cart and simulates the experience of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
Overall, the event lasted over four hours and impacted over 500 students. The Healthy Knights Expo was a collaboration of the Counseling Center, Health Services, AOD, and several other Student Development and Enrollment Services departments and community partners.