Learn to enjoy a longer life at Health and Wellness Expo

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More than 50 exhibitors will be in Candler gyms April 12 to promote healthy living.

By J’son Tillmon


Students, faculty and staff can learn how to live healthier at the Health and Wellness Expo 9 a.m-1 p.m. April 2 in Gyms 1 and 2 of Candler Physical Education Center.

This event is free and will be open to the community.

“We’ve been told by many exhibitors we put on one of the biggest health fairs in San Antonio, if not in South Texas,” said wellness coordinator Chris Dillon, who teaches kinesiology courses at this college.

This event has taken place at this college for about 30 years, he said.

This year, the American Heart Association is teaming up with the event because National Walking Day is the same day. The association will lead walking groups to promote overall heart health, said Dillon, who is on the planning committee for the San Antonio chapter.

Mayor Julian Castro started the Mayor’s Fitness Council in May 2010 with the mission to make this city one of the healthiest and most active communities in the nation. The council is expected endorse this event, he said.

There will be fitness demonstrations throughout the event from kinesiology classes, such as cardio kickboxing, tai chi, and self-defense. The Kinesiology Club will bring back the dunking booth where students can attempt to dunk kinesiology instructors. The event will raffle a road bike donated by the office of student life.

From a wide array of exhibitors, people can get services that range from glucose testing to a massage. Blast Fitness will do exercise prescriptions and talk about various workouts. They will also do body mass index and body fat testing.

The South Texas Blood and Tissue will collect blood donations and get people to sign up for a bone marrow and organ donor registry.

For bone marrow donations, “doctors choose registry members between 18 and 44 more than 90 percent of the time,” according to Bethematch.org, the bone marrow registry website.

“You may save up to eight lives through organ donation and enhance many others through tissue donation,” according to the Organdonor.gov website.

“We’re trying to increase health and wellness across the campus and the district,” Dillon said.

For more information, call Dillon at 210-486-1025.


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