The Wellness Center hosted BYU-Idaho’s first ever Wellness Fair Thursday June 26. The event went was held outside in the MC Plaza from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and all students were invited to participate.
According to the BYU-I home page, the Wellness Fair allowed students to “get informed about wellness activities and the Wellness Center, participate in a variety of competitions, win prizes, and enjoy some tasty and healthy treats.”
Justin Kesler, a junior studying health science, was a volunteer for the event.
“It’s a really awesome opportunity to teach people really how to take care of their bodies and to be excited about it,” Kesler said.
The fair featured various informational booths and fun activities in which students could participate. Each booth focused on a different aspect of being healthy.
“[At] one of the booths we’re actually making smoothies and giving [them] to people to teach them how to make smoothies,” Kesler said. “Another booth is going to be just about sugar.”
Kesler said that the event was organized through the Wellness Center, but also involved volunteers from the Fitness Center and Wellness Activities.
Brittany Kober, a senior studying exercise physiology, was in of incentives publicity for the Wellness Fair. Kober said that she was over organizing the event and those volunteers who helped run it.
“We’re mainly in the Hart [Building] so we attract a lot of people who are going to the gym on a day-to-day basis,” Kober said. “This was more to reach out to people of all majors, all interests, and let them know about wellness. It’s more geared towards people who just don’t know. We wanted to attract everybody.”
Kober said that her favorite part of the event was the taste testing booth where participants tried different smoothies and had to guess the fruit ingredients.
The Wellness Fair also included a raffle with prizes for those who won. Students could earn raffle tickets by doing push-s, sit-s, having their blood pressure tested or doing the tire flip.
“I think that there’s a lot of people who just don’t know how to be healthy,” Kober said. “People think that being healthy is just going to the gym, but there are so many more components. It’s eating healthy, and obviously being fit is important. There’s a lot of activities to get involved in that people just don’t know about. It’s hitting a little bit of each component of being overall healthy and not just the workout component of it.”
Kober said the fair had a sugar guessing booth to show students how much sugar their diet contains.
Clarissa Beamer, a sophomore studying marriage and family studies, participated in the Wellness Fair.
“Personally I have just always loved health and wellness fairs,” Beamer said. “I just wanted to come check it out and see what this one had to offer, it was pretty great though. One of the fun things was the [smoothie] taste testing … You had to taste each one and then tell them what you thought it was. For each one you get right, you got a raffle ticket. I got them all right.”
Beamer said that one of her raffle tickets was drawn and she chose a fitness stability ball as her prize. She said other prizes included personal blenders, crock-pots and a yoga mat.
“I don’t know if a lot of people know that the Wellness Center is actually here,” Beamer said. “I would encourage people to go find out about the free classes, the free nutrition counseling, and just the different services that the Wellness Center offers. I would just encourage them to come find out what they can do about their health. It’s all free since we’re students here.”
Cassie White, a senior studying health science, volunteers regularly in the Wellness Center. White volunteered in the Wellness Fair and said that her favorite part of the event was the raffle.
She said that the Wellness Fair is a really beneficial opportunity for students to become educated on maintaining good health.
“I like it because it helps people to be healthier,” White said. “We live in an environment that is so proactive in helping people be unhealthy. I think that’s why I like it because it’s an extra boost to encourage you to be healthy.”
One of the Fitness Center’s full-time employees, Courtney Basset, a senior studying marriage and family studies, helped run one of the booths at the fair.
“I think it helps people become educated about things that you wouldn’t necessarily think about, what you’re eating or participating in activity wise,” Bassett said. “Especially because we’re college students, we always go for fast food and we don’t really focus on exercise. It actually helps you in your studies more so you might as well learn about how to help yourself physically.”
Kober said that the Wellness Center plans to have another Wellness Fair in the fall and that is something they would like to continue in the future.