News & Events
September 20, 2013
UNC Asheville hosted the third annual Well-A-Bration event Sept. 16 through Sept. 17. Well-A-Bration is a unique UNC Asheville recognition and a celebration of the roles healthful living and wellness play in the achievement of individual, campus and community well-being. The event featured cooking and exercise programs, a campus walk with UNC Asheville coaches, staff and students-athletes, healthy lab open houses, the Fourth Annual Student-Run Health Fair, and a panel discussion focused on the healthy weight of children with Shellie Pfohl, executive director of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition.
This year’s event was the first featuring the student-led Health Fair, which historically has taken place during the spring semester. Leading health care providers such as Mission Health Systems and public health organizations focused on healthy weight and nutrition participated in the fair. The health fair was led by Laura Gardner, a UNC Asheville senior majoring in health and wellness, “The health fair offered UNC Asheville faculty, staff and students, as well as the Asheville community health services free of charge. Western North Carolina has a great amount of health-related offerings and we were honored to host this event for the community.” Guests also brought non-perishable food items which were donated to MANNA Foodbank.
This was also the first year the community was offered the chance to "Walk with the Bulldogs." Over 200 UNC Asheville student-athletes, coaches, staff and community members kicked off Well-A-Bration at 6:30 a.m. on a beautiful Monday morning for an exhilarating walk across campus. With the success of the event in 2013, organizers intend on repeating the walk in 2014.
Overall, Well-A-Bration brought over 1,100 guests to UNC Asheville’s campus over the two-day span. UNC Asheville students also made the event "social" by using the hashtag #wellabration2013 which gardnered close to 90,000 impressions on social media. To view photos from Well-A-Bration please visit the N.C. Center for Health and Wellness' Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/NCCenterforHealthandWellness.