Being Young Is No Guarantee Of Good Health Or Fitness, But Rutgers In Newark Is Working On That

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What mental image do you see when you hear the words overweight, high blood pressure, and stress?  It’s not likely that you see a college student, but the fact is, those words are associated with modern college life.

But Rutgers University, Newark, is trying to change that, sponsoring a fall health fair to demonstrate fun, tasty and healthful life choices to students, faculty and staff. 

WHAT:  The 11th annual campuswide RU Healthy Fair, an interactive, educational yet entertaining program promotes fitness by educating students and employees about life choices that promote good health.  Games will test players’ knowledge of health facts, and activities such as kendo – martial art using bamboo swords -- and a Cardio Bollywood dance class will get hearts pumping and muscles moving. Also on tap: health screenings, nutritious snacks, giveaways and informational resources. Open to students, faculty and staff with RU IDs.

WHEN:  Wed., Oct. 9, noon – 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: Norman Samuels Plaza (entrance through the Rutgers-Newark Arch, University Avenue, between 175 University Ave. and 195 University Ave.  RAIN LOCATION: Golden Dome Athletic Center, Warren Street and University Avenue, Newark.

WHY:  Many college students eat too many snacks and junk food, get too little sleep and exercise, and generally make poor health decisions.  But Rutgers is educating students to health dangers such as obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, through interactive health fairs offering free screenings, fun activities and healthy snacks.

WHO:  Activities, prizes and exhibits will be offered by various R-N departments and service providers, including R-N Health Center and Pharmacy, Athletics and Recreation, Paul Robeson Campus Center, Housing and Residence Life, Public Safety, Rutgers Dining, the Student Health Advocates, and UNITY Theater, as well as community and government agencies, providing vital information about available health resources.

MEDIA CONTACT: Carla Capizzi, 973/353-5263