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Health and Wellness Fair Addresses Student Issues

Last updated on May 2, 2019

By Hailey Bossert

A Health and Wellness Fair will be hosted by Pioneer Prevention in Dining Room B of the Wood Campus Center March 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Pioneer Prevention is an organization on the Vol State campus that serves as a support system for students.

The staff members who work in this department are available to talk to students regarding subject matters such as alcohol and drug abuse, opioid use disorder, suicide, sexual assault, and mental health. They are able to provide professional help as well as resources to help them overcome these personal issues.

According to Tiffany Zwart, coordinator of Student Support, over 20 organizations such as, Planned Parenthood, Anytime Fitness, the Department of Human Services, PFLAG, and local churches will be attending the event to answer questions and provide resources regarding personal health.

With such a broad variety of organizations that will be attending the event, students will have the opportunity to ask questions about anything concerning health and wellness including sleep, exercise, nutrition, pregnancy, abuse, mental health, and many other topics.

A small survey conducted at Vol State concluded that 34 out of 40 students felt they were well- informed about ways to live a healthy lifestyle. Although the majority of the students who participated in the survey said that they were aware of healthy lifestyle practices, many voiced that they would benefit from learning more. When asked what they would like to know more about, 20 percent of the students said fitness and exercise, 25 percent said nutrition and 55 percent said sleeping habits.

It is no surprise that college students would want to learn more about sleeping habits. Life can get pretty exhausting while trying to juggle school, work, hobbies, a social life, and sleep. Students will have the chance to ask any questions they have at the Health and Wellness Fair.

Students are not required to sign up for the event, but the lunch that will be served at noon is first come, first served.

Any Vol State students who is seeking help or advice regarding personal issues are welcome and encouraged to speak with the councilors.

Zwart can be found in room 215 of the Wood Campus Center.

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