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A HEALTHY ATTITUDE AT BC

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The Plaza at O’Neill Library will be the site for the Office of Health Promotion’s (OHP) third annual “Healthapalooza” on Sept. 22 from 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. The plaza will be filled with a number of free and healthy activities offered through offices, departments and organizations around campus. 

This year’s event will feature a realistic simulation of alcohol impairment using “fatal vision goggles” organized by the Boston College Police Department; free food tastings and fresh, local apples from BC Dining Services; a CPR tutorial from Eagle EMS; hands-on training on using a fire extinguisher from Environmental Health and Safety; a primer on common safety hazards in the residence halls from the Office of Residential Life, and more.

When OHP opened four years ago, according to Director Elisa Tofias Phillips, the office decided to hold a signature event that would celebrate health and fitness while bringing together the University community to foster awareness of health-related issues.
“The first year was such a great success – with thousands of students attending and community partners supporting the event with great enthusiasm – that we decided to continue the event each fall to kick off the new academic year,” Phillips said.
But Phillips stresses that the strength of the collaborating offices, departments and programs at Boston College is what makes Healthapalooza so successful every fall.

“The main goal is to highlight the many great partners we work with that offer wonderful resources to students.”

In addition to BC Police, Eagle EMS, Dining Services, Environmental Health and Safety and Residential Life, Healthapalooza co-sponsors include Campus Ministry, Campus Recreation, HEALTHY YOU, Office of Emergency Management, University Counseling Services, University Health Services, and the Women’s Center.

The rain date for Healthapalooza is Sept. 29. For more information on the Office of Health Promotions, see www.bc.edu/healthpro.
Elsewhere on the health-and-fitness front at BC, the hugely popular Walk Across Campus (WAC) campaign is set to begin its fall program on Oct. 1, after having attracted nearly 1,400 participants this past spring. Walkers, who each receive a Fitbit pedometer to track their progress, form teams to provide one another with support and encouragement.

Participants in the spring WAC who are returning for the fall program are automatically registered and remain on the same team. New WAC participants interested in joining a team or serving as a team leader should e-mail wac@bc.edu as soon as possible.

Information on Walk Across Campus and HEALTHY YOU is available at www.bc.edu/healthy-you.

–Michael Maloney

AN APP FOR EMERGENCIES

Members of the Boston College community with smartphones or tablets can now easily obtain emergency preparedness information, thanks to a new mobile application being made available through the University’s Office of Emergency Management.

The In Case of Crisis – Education app gives users access to the BC Emergency Reference Guide, which describes preparedness and response procedures for various types of campus emergencies, such as fire, power failure or weather events. The free app features simple formatted instructions, intuitive graphics, direct-dial emergency contacts (smartphones only), a flashlight tool for mobile devices that support it, an audio alarm to alert others to your location, and a place to record personal details – such as evacuation routes or meeting locations – for emergency situations.

“We’ve made a concerted effort to get emergency-related information out and around campus, such as posting an at-a-glance guide in classrooms and residence halls,” said Office of Emergency Management Director John Tommaney. “But there’s only so much you can put on a piece of paper, and the fact is, many people – especially students – are moving toward the paperless life. Students, in fact, are most likely to have smartphones with them 24 hours a day, wherever they are, and within a radius of three feet or less. So we are leveraging available technology to better serve their needs.”

The app – which Tommaney said was given a “soft launch” in June to some 500 users, who gave it good marks – is being formally released this month as part of Emergency Preparedness Month. To download the app, and for more information about emergency management at Boston College, see www.bc.edu/emergency.

–Office of News & Public Affairs

READ ALOUD

The Read Aloud Program – which sends Boston College faculty members and staff on weekly visits to read stories or books to Brighton schoolchildren – is seeking candidates for the 2014-15 academic year.

A partnership of Boston College, Boston Public Schools and Boston Partners in Education, Read Aloud assigns volunteers to four-member teams that work throughout the year with one classroom each at Brighton area schools including the Thomas Edison School and the St. Columbkille Partnership School. Each member of a team is responsible for one of four sessions per month.

The deadline for applicants is Sept. 26. For more information, see http://bit.ly/YB1MeZ or contact Laura Bitran in the Office of Governmental and Community Affairs at laura.bitran@bc.edu.

–Office of News & Public Affairs