If you’re seeking motivation to live a healthier lifestyle or just a roadmap to the available options at UAB and in the Birmingham community, attend the seventh annual Health and Wellness Fair Friday, Feb. 4 hosted by the UAB Campus Recreation Center.
|All are invited to the seventh annual Health and Wellness Fair Friday, Feb. 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the UAB Campus Recreation Center. Prizes are available, including weeklong passes to the Rec Center.|
“We feel like we’re the cornerstone of health and wellness on campus,” says Jennifer Babl, assistant director of marketing for the center. “We think we’re the perfect people to get everyone in one place and be able to offer health screenings, testing and information to help them begin or continue their journey to a healthier life.”
The fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the center court gym. Admission is free. Food will be provided and prizes will be available, including weeklong passes to the Rec Center.
All faculty, staff and alumni who are not members of the Campus Rec Center will have full access during all hours of operation Feb. 4. Faculty and staff will be required to show a current UAB ID upon entering; alumni must be active members of the National Alumni Society and present their NAS card upon entering.
The Health and Wellness Fair will offer many opportunities to test your health status, including free body-fat testing, blood-pressure screening, fitness testing and much more.
“If you make a decision to come to the health fair, you’re taking the initial steps to try and live a healthier life,” says Jennifer Rankin, registered dietician with the Rec Center. “This is a great opportunity to find out the resources available on campus and in our community. We have great university programs like UAB EatRight and others that you can utilize to help you get to your goals. You can learn about UAB services and those of more than 30 area vendors.”
Registered dietician available
The fair also will give employees an opportunity to talk with Rankin about the benefits of using a registered dietician. UAB offers employees access to registered dietician at a discounted rate.
“Dieticians are not covered under insurance policies,” Rankin says. “A lot of people won’t use them because they’re very expensive. Here their services are offered at such a discounted rate that it’s really worth coming to talk with us. Often it can be made to fit into your budget.”
Rankin says the first meeting with a registered dietician includes a nutritional assessment during which your goals are discussed. You would then meet periodically with the dietician to examine your goals and strategies and assess how to proceed. Rankin can help design a plan for those struggling with eating disorders, weight gain, weight loss or building muscle mass.