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March 20, 2012
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab



SRU Wellness Expo offers healthy tips


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Nearly 100 Slippery Rock University exercise and rehabilitative sciences students will put their classroom learning and independent research into hands-on practice March 23 when they present a Wellness Expo.

           The free expo runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Aebersold Student Recreation Center.

           Faculty, staff, students and community members are invited to take advantage of free blood pressure and body composition screenings while gathering information on a wide variety of health-related topics.

           Students presenting the exposition are enrolled in “Wellness Promotion and Programming” classes that are part of the senior-level exercise and rehabilitative science program

           “It is a chance for students to use their classroom knowledge and their experiences in the field in gathering evidence-based information. Each group of students is required to create a booth for the fair on a topic they select. They are required to produce two brochures to distribute to fair visitors on their chosen topic. The brochures are approved and graded by their professors before use at the expo,” said Kimberly Smith, associate professor of exercise and rehabilitative sciences.

           “We want students to take in information and then find factual evidence that supports what they are saying,” she said. Faculty in the program, including Steven Verba, assistant professor, and Joy Urda, instructor, will monitor the various booths and grade students on their communication skills as part of the overall program.

           Participating students also created a poster for their expo booth and were encouraged to include a “learning activity” that involves visitors to the fair, she said.

           Smith said topics will include a variety of health assessments, exercise areas, nutrition, skin care, alcohol use and abuse and overall general health and wellness areas. “There will even be a booth to help consumers determine fact from fraud in exercise equipment and one about the Wii vs. Kinect gaming systems,” she said.

           “We really want people to take something away from the fair that they will refer to later – and maybe change their health perspective,” she said.


Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania’s premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.