2019 Health Expo to be held on Liberty University’s Academic Lawn Oct. 8

Life is a journey and good health helps make the journey smooth sailing.

With that idea in mind, Executive Director of the Student Health Center and Wellness Initiatives Keith Anderson is leading Liberty’s efforts to promote healthy living habits through the Student Health Expo Tuesday, Oct. 8, from noon until 3 p.m. on the academic lawn. 

More than 30 booths with exhibits from on-campus organizations and off-campus vendors will help students navigate the process of pursuing a healthy lifestyle.

“We want them (students) to see that living well is intentional and is based on our understanding of the different dimensions that make us who we are,” Anderson said.

He hopes that the new freshmen (currently the largest group of students on campus) will engage in the event and gain more knowledge on how to enhance their wellness. 

One of the main events at the expo will be a joint venture with Central Virginia Family Physicians and Liberty’s School of Nursing as they provide flu clinics during the expo.

“We want students to come, get their flu shots and encourage their friends to get it done,” Gerald Griffin Jr., assistant director of the Student Health Center and Wellness Initiatives, said.

The flu shots are a free service, aiming to keep students healthy throughout the year.

 As the Student Health Center is preparing for the event, Anderson described the central idea of wellness and what it entails. 

“(We have built the expo around) a nautical theme. Health is kind of like thinking of the adventures of life, (as) life is not always just a smooth sail – we have to be skilled in order to navigate the waves that come up,” Anderson said. 

Going along with the nautical theme, Anderson explained that students will be given a passport with nautical symbols. Students who visit six of the nine wellness stations and receive six stamps on their passport will receive a free T-shirt featuring the event logo.

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