MU hosts 6th annual Women's Health and Wellness Fair

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 | 4:20 p.m. CDT; updated 8:24 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, March 12, 2013

COLUMBIA — For the first time representatives from the Citizen Jane Film Festival, the Office for Financial Success, and the MU Veterans Center participated in MU's sixth annual Women's Health and Wellness Gathering.

"We are here to provide resources to women," committee member Jordan Hoyt said. "The goal of the event is education but also so students, faculty and staff know the organizations at the fair exist."

The new organizations were chosen to fill information gaps in the resources offered in previous years, Hoyt said.

The event, held 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in Stotler Lounge in Memorial Student Union, was hosted by the Chancellor's Standing Committee on the Status of Women and sponsored by the Chancellor's Diversity Initiative.

In total, more than 30 campus and community organizations set up tables and provided brochures about health, fitness, and volunteer opportunities. Additional offerings included a free manicure and a Jazzercise demonstration.

Despite the organizers attempts to include new organizations in the fair, attendance dropped from about 250 students, faculty and staff to approximately 114 attendees.

Hoyt said she did not know the reason for the decrease in attendance.

While organizers worked to include new organizations and educate the public, for many the event offered friendly reminders rather than new information.

"A lot of people know something needs improvement, but this helps bring it to their attention again," said Maureen Coy, health educator for Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services Department. 

Representatives from the Health Department took blood pressures and checked body mass indexes and gave tips on how to improve those measurements.

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