Wellness Fair educates students on the importance of a healthy lifestyle


Katya Avila

Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School gave students a nice change of pace, holding a Wellness Fair during gym classes on Friday, Feb. 1. Students had the opportunity to discover businesses and people around the community who promote a healthy and active lifestyle.
Wellness Day was organized by  Student Assistance Coordinator Liz Knodel-Gordon and the Rotary Interact Club for the purpose of encouraging and teaching student to develop healthy habits, as well as introduce students to various local businesses. To do this, the gym was set up with multiple stations and each business running their own station.
“We hope to provide different ways to go about wellness and different ways that we can feel better about ourselves,” junior and Interact Club member Antoinette Chango said.
Some businesses who participated in the event include DIMC, or the Dhammakaya International Meditation Center, promoting calming meditation for stressed teens and the Functional Performance Institute, who promoted their physical therapy to help get students back to playing the sports they love after an injury. Also, Summit Oaks Hospital explained the many programs they offer, including counseling, social media awareness, drug and substance abuse and more.
In addition, Shoprite registered dietitian nutritionist Victoria Coglianese explained how nutrition can affect mental health, such as how you eat to balance your blood sugar and with balanced sugar comes balanced energy, better memory and cognition and stabilizes mood. She provides free nutrition services including counseling, shopping guidance, cooking classes and more.
Many stations even offered free mini giveaways, such as the YMCA providing drawstring bags. They presented about fitness programs in their facility, as well as gave fliers for job opportunities for students, which was beneficial to many.
During the event there was also a game of bingo that was held to encourage students to interact more with the stations, as well as provide more fun.
“There is a bingo for a raffle and there will be a winner from each grade,” Chango said. “Each person fills out a bingo board by going to the different vendors and getting signatures. A winner will be called and there will be many prizes including a 3 month membership to the YMCA.”
The event was a huge success and students can look forward for more Wellness Fairs in years to come!
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