SRU Healthfest offers path to a healthier life

Woman checking man's blood pressure

More than 30 exhibitors and 12 health screenings and services will be offered at Slippery Rock University’s 32nd annual Healthfest, Oct. 17 at the Aebersold Student Recreation Center.

Oct. 10, 2017

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – To hear Ryan Stack explain a potential outcome of attending Healthfest at Slippery Rock University, the experience could be life-changing.

“If you get your blood pressure tested and it’s not what you were thinking it was,” said Stack, assistant director for wellness and the Russell Wright Fitness Center, “it might bring some awareness to you and get you to leave here and pursue some action to improve your health.”

That’s just one of the many reasons to attend the 32nd annual Healthfest, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Oct. 17 at the Aebersold Student Recreation Center. SRU’s Office of Campus Recreation is sponsoring the event.

Healthfest is open to the campus and community and includes more than 30 exhibitors representing SRU departments and organizations and external health-service providers. Additionally, there will be as many as 12 types of health screenings or services offered, as well as entertainment from SRU cheerleading and dance groups.

“It’s an accessible way to just walk around and get screenings and education,” Stack said. “The goal is to show some of the different ways that people can live a healthy lifestyle and the different things offered through the University, hospitals and other health services companies.”

Ryan Stack

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Screenings include body composition, postural, Hepatitis C and depression. Flu shots from SRU’s Student Health Services for students who show a University ID, and Giant Eagle Pharmacy for faculty and staff who show their insurance cards will be available.

Exhibitors range from commercial entities, like fitness clubs and vision care stores, to state agencies and academic departments, such as the Pennsylvania Department of Health and SRU’s Exercise and Rehabilitative Sciences Department.

The theme for the 2017 Healthfest is “Start on the Path to a Heathier Life,” one that Stack believes will show attendees that there’s more to living a healthy lifestyle than simply going to the gym.

“Being physically active is not just getting in the weight room or getting on a treadmill, it comes in an infinite number of ways,” Stack said. “It’s not necessarily one thing that we’re trying to promote, but an overarching type of wellness that involves any physical activity and the emotional and mental health that you gain by being active.”

For more information about Healthfest, contact Stack at 724.738.2924 or ryan.stack@sru.edu.

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