Rowdy Wellness Week kicks off this week, April 2-5, at UTSA’s Main and Downtown Campuses. The week-long event is packed with activities designed to get students involved in maintaining healthy lifestyles. The event, which is also open to faculty and staff, will offer daily activities such as “Heart Start,” a campus-wide walking initiative; health screenings that include checking blood pressure and blood glucose levels; interactive cooking demonstrations and “exergaming” labs where students will learn how to incorporate exercise with electronic gaming.
Coinciding with National Public Health Week, the activities offered throughout the week are aimed at reinforcing the importance of taking preventive measures when it comes to health. The activities will “help students take charge of their health and maintain their health on a daily basis,” Assistant Director of Health Promotion and Marketing of UTSA’s Student Health Services Barbara C. Reyes said.
Discussion forums, interactive demonstrations, Q & A sessions with health-care providers and information on health-related research by UTSA students will also be among the activities offered.
Reyes said that the goal of Rowdy Wellness Week is to “help students improve their lifestyles, change any bad habits to healthy positive habits and to be aware of the resources (available) on campus.” Early detection is also vital to good health added Reyes, who stresses the importance of “not waiting until you have a medical diagnosis or condition that requires a drastic change to habits.”
The event is sponsored by the Rowdy Wellness Committee-whose members include Aramark, Campus Recreation, College of Sciences, Counseling Services, Department of Health and Kinesiology, EHSRM Rowdy New U Wellness Program, EHSRM Occupational Health, Human Resources-Benefits, Student Health Services and Student Health Services-Health Advocates.
Similar, one-day health fairs at UTSA date back to the 80’s. In 2008, a health and wellness expo featuring 80 health-related exhibitors was held at the Sombrilla. This semester, however, Rowdy Wellness Committee members extended the event to four days.
Due to seating constraints, prior registration is required for some of the events. Students can register at https://mytraining.utsa.edu/td. For more information on all the activities offered, visit http://utsa.edu/health/RowdyWellness/ or call (210) 458-6428.