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Healthapalooza Hits the Plaza at O'Neill Library on Sept. 25

09/19/13

By Melissa Beecher | Chronicle Staff

Published: Sep. 19, 2013

The Plaza at O’Neill Library will once again become the centerpiece for health at Boston College on Sept. 25 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. when the third annual “Healthapalooza” takes over. Meditation, fire extinguisher and defibrillator demonstrations, healthy foods and grains sampling are just some of the activities that will be available to the BC community free of charge through the Office of Health Promotion (OHP) and its campus health partners.

OHP Director Elise Tofias Phillips said Healthapalooza is a collaboration of more than a dozen offices, departments and organizations across the University.    

“We want the community to know that BC values health and safety and hope this event is an opportunity to gather and connect with campus resources that will be helpful in day-to-day life,” said Phillips.

Each year, Healthapalooza kicks off an OHP health campaign. This year’s campaign – Nourish – was created by students in Director of News & Public Affairs Jack Dunn’s Public Relations class, said Phillips. OHP then developed the idea in partnership with Dining Services.

“This campaign is all about increasing knowledge of healthy eating and decreasing perceived barriers to a healthy lifestyle,” said Phillips.

OHP’s student health coaches will be on hand at the event, offering information about the office’s programming and resources including individual health plans, stress and time management, striving for healthy relationship, bystander intervention education and alcohol and drug support and education.    

Health Promotion’s partners that co-sponsor Healthapalooza are: Dining Services, University Health Services, University Counseling Services, Campus Ministry, HEALTHY YOU, Campus Recreation, Environmental Health and Safety, Residential Life, BCPD, Emergency Management, Eagle EMS, Information Technology Services, the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, Bureau of Conferences, massage therapists, health coaches, Baldwin and the BC cheerleaders, and many volunteers. 

The rain date for Healthapalooza is Oct. 2; check BCInfo for updates. For more information on the Office of Health Promotions, see www.bc.edu/healthpro.