News & Events
September 18, 2012
UNC Asheville’s second annual Well-A-Bration was held Sept. 13-Sept. 15 and brought over 3,000 visitors to the University’s campus. Well-A-Bration engaged students, faculty, staff and the community in activities, programs, presentations and special events which were designed to inform, educate and celebrate positive and preventive health practices.
Well-A-Bration kicked off with free health screenings provided by UNC Asheville’s Workplace Wellness program and Mission Hospital. UNC Asheville faculty and staff were treated to readings of their blood glucose, blood lipids, body fat percentage and blood pressure. Fitness assessments were also conducted. Participants had the opportunity to have their grip strength, truck flexibility, height and weight measured.
Chris Dahlquist, professional development manager and director of the Workplace Wellness Committee at UNC Asheville said of the screenings, “UNC Asheville has always promoted health and wellness to their faculty and staff. By having these screenings, employees were provided a convenient way to obtain information about their health and health status.”
Well-A-Bration also welcomed author, activist and sex columnist Dan Savage. Savage created The It Gets Better Project which has become a worldwide movement garnering many awards and inspiring millions. Savage spoke to a crowd of over 800, and dazzled with both witty and heartfelt stories.
Andrea Fiedler, communications coordinator for the N.C. Center for Health and Wellness said, “The health and wellness of UNC Asheville’s students, faculty, staff, and the Asheville community are top priorities for the University. UNC Asheville has numerous health and wellness initiatives taking place on a daily basis, and Well-A-Bration is a wonderful way to showcase everyone’s efforts across campus. This year we brought in Dan Savage because we believe sexual and emotional health is very important to our students and the Asheville community. We feel Well-A-Bration touched on all aspects of health and offered a little something for everyone to enjoy and we cannot wait to host our third year in 2013."