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MSU, First District Health sponsoring Community Wellness Fair

MINOT, N.D. – Minot State University and First District Health Unit have partnered with multiple local agencies to offer Minot’s Community Wellness Fair: Live Dimensional April 10 at the Minot State Wellness Center.

There will be informational booths to explore, breakout sessions, a keynote speaker to inspire, and door prizes (including a Fitbit) to entertain. The event is free and open to the public with free parking across MSU’s campus. Vendors are open from 4 to 8 p.m.

“Kira (First District Prevention Outreach Coordinator Kira Lampton) approached us last fall about doing a Wellness Fair,” said MSU Wellness Center Director Paul Brekke. “They wrote a grant and wanted to figure out a way to help get the message of wellness out. We have the Wellness Wheel here on campus and that fits with the idea of wellness dimensions. It made sense for us to partner together.”

First District Health Unit received the Rural Health Grant through the Blue Cross Blue Shield Caring Foundation. Along with the grant, the event is sponsored by Trinity Health, Visit Minot, and the Minot Air Force Base.

Minot’s Community Wellness Fair: Live Dimensional expects to have as many as 32 booths from various organizations in the community who provide wellness resources. The booths will be open from 4 to 8 p.m. with prize drawings at 7:30 p.m.

“This is the first year we have done this, so we don’t fully know what to expect, but we are excited to be able to host the Wellness Fair,” Brekke said. “Minot State wants to get individuals from the community to campus and this is a great event to have the Minot community come see our facility.”

Along with the vendors, the Minot Community Wellness Fair will feature three special sessions. Karina Stander, wellness specialist at Minot State, will present “Mindfulness and Yoga” at 4:30 p.m.; Wanda Sprenger from Trinity Psychiatry presents “Mental Health: Breaking down Barriers” at 5:30 p.m.; and the keynote address from Minot State’s Terry Eckmann, a national recognized speaker and the chair of MSU’s Teacher Education and Kinesiology, titled “Healthy Aging : Living Longer Better,” is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m.

“Minot State is trying to be a leader in wellness in the work-place setting, teaching it in our academic setting so students can learn about it here and take that mentality with them,” Brekke added. “Higher ed is incorporating this all over the country, wellbeing is being happy and being happy is being more productive. This event really fits into what we are trying to teach.”

For more information, visit the Minot Community Wellness Fair Facebook event page at: https://www.facebook.com/events/446803925753266/.

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Published: 04/04/18



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