More than 360 students, faculty and staff virtually attended the annual USU Health and Wellness Expo from January 25 to 29 as part of an interdepartmental effort to increase awareness of health and wellness services and resources. “This was the first year of a virtual health expo here at USU. It went very well and exceeded our expectations,” said Ryan Barfuss, USU prevention specialist. “We had many students, faculty, and staff attend the live presentations. We expect many more to watch the presentations that were recorded and we look forward to providing worthwhile speakers in the future.”
This event was sponsored by the Student Health and Wellness, Employee Wellness, and Campus Recreation departments at USU and was accessed by participants via zoom. There were 10 presentations and five fitness classes available during the five days of the expo.
The presentations focused on the eight dimensions of wellness while providing a holistic overview of services and resources. There was a wide variety of speakers, resources, and at-home fitness classes. The goal of the expo was to connect participants to health and wellness resources and services.
“My hope is that individuals are able to learn something they didn’t know before that they can apply to their work and home lives,” said Alyssa Jensen, Employee Wellness.
“Figuring out how to make the technology work to pull together the expo was a challenge, but it was very successful once it was in place,” said Barfuss. The virtual approach this year allowed for the university’s state-wide campuses to participate.
“We missed the face to face interactions with people,” Barfuss said. “We did get a lot of good questions throughout some of the presentations. However, nothing beats the face to face connections.”
In the past, the expo was held for one day, and in-person, wherein different vendors from the Logan area come and share their products and information. The estimated attendance was around 700 people. Biometric, mental health and hearing screenings were offered for free.
“We did not get to bring in the community and campus partners this year to share the resources they have for all of us,” Barfuss said. “I think in the future, we can connect them to our campus community a little better.”
Recordings of the expo are accessible at aggiewellness.usu.edu/expo.
The presentations and presenters are as follows:
- Be well and You: Your Employee Wellness Program- Alyssa Jensen
- Make Health your Priority: Learn How to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes- Pam Chapman and Charity Jenson
- Physical and Emotional Resiliency- Tim Keady
- Employee Assistance Program: Support for your Emotional Well-Being- Rudy Schenk, AETNA
- Work-Life Balance in a Virtual World- Jillian Morley (Career Services)
- Mental Health Relaxation Techniques- Monique Frazier, Bobby Byrom
- Nutrition- Brooke Parker
- Student Health/Campus Rec- Ryan Barfuss, Donalee Thomson/McKenzie Sorrells
- Cultivating Spiritual Wellness on Campus- Bonnie Glass Coffin
- Eating on a Healthy Budget- USU Dietetics Students
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