Shippensburg University’s Counseling Center and the Human Resources Department hosted the Wellness Fair on Wednesday in the Ceddia Union Building’s Multipurpose Room, at which students could get a massage, pet therapy dogs and more.
The fair allowed students to destress and educate themselves on health and fitness issues, including smoking, drinking and mental health.
Students received a bingo card at the start of the fair. If they walked around to the tables listed on their card and got signatures from the people working, they were entered into a raffle drawing for a chance to win door prizes.
The fair also offered refreshments, such as teas and healthy snacks.
The exercise science club provided free body fat percentage tests, body mass index tests, flexibility tests and more.
One of the most visited tables was Kindly Canines. The organization travels around the area to high schools, middle schools and different organizations to help alleviate stress with therapy dogs, and spread education on mental health.
“The Kindly Canines table was my favorite,” junior Kristina Rhoades said. “I didn’t ever want to leave. I wanted to sit and pet the dog all day.”
Students had the opportunity to sign up for free massages, acupuncture and Reiki, an energy channeling healing technique.
One of the massage tables was hosted by Boyer Chiropractic. Dr. David Boyer attended SU on a swimming scholarship. After graduation, he attended New York Chiropractic College.
“My favorite table was Boyer Chiropractic,” junior Rachel Nazay said “Dr. Boyer gave me a really nice massage. I felt so relieved afterward.”
If you or a friend are in need of counseling, the counseling center is located in Etter Health Center below Naugle Hall. All sessions are free to students and are strictly confidential. To make an appointment, visit the center or call (717) 477-1481.