Herkimer County Community College held its annual wellness day in the McLaughlin College Center on Thursday afternoon. Wellness day was sponsored by the HCCC Health Services Office.
HCCC Health Care Coordinator, R.N., Debra Lynch said about 33 vendors from the community participated and all were health related. Vendor participants included Central Association for the Blind & Visually impaired, Fidelis Care of New York, Herkimer Area Resource Center, Insight House, Planned Parenthood, Faxton Campus Tobacco Cessation Center, YWCA, Smile Therapy and more.
“We have been coordinating the wellness fair for over 10 years now, it’s free, open to the public, and it’s a great way for students to take a break before finals,” said Lynch.
The Care Net table was full of information and “The Wheel of Misfortune.” Students could spin the wheel for a chance to win a gift card from Dunkin Donuts. When the wheel stopped spinning it landed on a topic dealing with a consequence of having unprotected sex, ranging from pregnancy to contracting a type of sexually transmitted disease.
HCCC seniors Florence Craft and Raven Walker praised the Care Net table and said Julie Beyel, director of client services had given them a great deal of useful information.
“The fair is a great chance for students who aren’t from around the area to find out what resources are available,” Craft added.
Planned Parenthood was another vendor that promoted safe sex awareness. The table featured “pee cups” with free giveaways inside. The cup represented how easy it is to get tested for STDs or HIV.
“It’s cool that Planned Parenthood has condoms and brochures that are useful for students to practice safe sex,” said freshman Sierra Chester. “People don’t realize all the diseases that are out there; it’s very scary. Planned Parenthood does a good job with reminding students to not be afraid and get tested for STDs.”
Smile Therapy was a new vendor featured at Wellness Day. Founder Tim Smith said Smile Therapy is program in which an e-mail is sent every day with positive impact.
“E-mail’s range from good news, inspiring stories, helpful hints, stress relief management, and even jokes. It’s just a great way to start your day with a smile,” he said.
Students were given a 30 day trial period to try out the Smile Therapy e-mail service for free. If the students enjoy the program, cost is $5 per month to continue with the Smile Therapy program. Smith also mentioned the program has a website at www.smile-therapy.com which allows for a look at what is offered through the program.
Registered Dietitian Crystal Wilkins offered information on weight loss, diabetes management, high cholesterol, or just eating healthy.
“Eating healthy doesn’t mean going on a diet. It just means your eating lifestyle has to change to something that offers better nutritional value,” said Wilkins. In order to explain the high amount of sugar that is in every day beverages, Wilkins set up soft drinks, teas, and sports drinks to compare sugar amounts.
Page 2 of 2 - “In just one 20-ounce bottle of Mountain Dew is 19 teaspoons of sugar, which is way too much,” she said. Wilkins offers her services to those who are interested in living a healthier lifestyle. Her facebook page is www.facebook.com/cwilkinsrd.
For those interested in sitting back and relaxing, hand massages were offered at the Physical Therapist Assistant table. Students in the program offered free hand massages, blood pressure testing, and proper balance and exercise techniques.
“The program is a lot of fun and we get to show everyone here what we’ve learned,” said freshmen PTA student Shane Delameter.
The PTA students will also be hosting a full body massage clinic on Tuesday, May 1, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at HCCC in room TC 417. The cost is $3 for a 15-minute massage. The money raised will go toward funding to benefit the PTA program and students.