Queen's University

Health and Wellness Fair moves to larger quarters

 
2008-10-16

The ever-popular – and ever-expanding Health and Wellness Fair takes place this month in a new and larger venue – appropriately the Physical Education Centre (PEC).

The fair aims to get some people through the doors of the PEC for the very first time, Shannon Jones says with a smile.

To date, more than 35 groups and vendors have signed on to participate in the third-annual fair, which focuses on the needs of staff and faculty and their families, says Ms. Jones, who is workplace advisor, Health and Wellness Programs and Services in Human Resources.

Engaging Your Health! takes place Wednesday, Oct. 22 from 10 am to 2 pm in the Bews Gym on the second floor of the PEC. Featured Queen's groups include Queen's Centre for Obesity Research and Education (CORE) group that focuses on obesity research, Environmental Health and Safety, The Sustainability Office, Campus Security and Queen's Physiotherapy. Participants can also learn about the many courses and programs offered by Athletics and Recreation at the Physical Education Centre – everything from pickup wallyball to women's weightlifting. The fair also features free gift bags and interactive fitness demonstrations.

About 700 employees attended last year's fair in the McLaughlin and Sutherland rooms in the JDUC. The target this year is between 800 and 900 as the fair expands.

“We try to bring in all the resources that we have at Queen's in one place as well as bringing in people from the community,” says Ms. Jones.

In addition to the fair, the university in conjunction with Employee Assistance Program provider Shepell FGI is offering faculty and staff five free lunch and learn programs this fall – Parenting the early years, Parenting the tween years, Successful transition to retirement, Caring for the aging and Creating a healthy family life. These programs are in addition to the numerous professional and personal development programs that Human Resources runs throughout the year.

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