By Melissa De Leon/The Signal
Associated Students Incorporated directors hosted a Health and Safety Information Night in place of their regular Tuesday night board meeting March 18.
Games and information concerning fitness, physical and psychological resources on campus were made available to students.
“We developed and approved a Health and Safety Resolution in the Fall semester to support the president’s initiative to make students aware about the health and safety resources available for them.” ASI President Mariam Salameh said.
The night included a variety of booths that presented information about campus safety and resources.
Booth hosts included the University Police Department, Student Health and Counseling and the Student Recreation Complex.
The Pre-Health Society also hosted a booth to talk about the truths and myths of drinking alcohol.
But the night was not all facts and tips.
”I’ve never been drunk and that was terrifying,” Nathan Nghia Nguyen (sophomore, Biology and Psychology) said after attempting to score a basketball hoop while wearing goggles that simulate the vision of someone who is heavily intoxicated. “Those goggles kind of made my mind fuzzy a little bit, so I don’t want to be drunk. It was very effective.”
There were a variety of other games students could play to win tickets for a drawing with the prize of either Nike shoes or a bicycle.
University caterers Chartwells promoted a new card-stamping program that rewards students with a free water bottle and nutritious snack for every five healthy meals purchased.
Taylor Waldon, Marketing Manager for Chartwells, talked to students about balanced meals and the options for healthy alternatives campus dining has available.
The healthier meals are indicated on the Main Dining and Warrior Grill menus by a green leaf next to the item name. A number of students participated in the event and collected information.
“I kind of liked where they busted all the myths about, like, hangovers,” Lindsie Hartwick (junior, Liberal Studies) said, indicating the booth hosted by the Pre-Health Society. “The coffee [myth] was cool because everybody says that it’ll cure a hangover but I guess it doesn’t.”
Such information was the purpose of the Health and Safety Information Night.
“This is what we want to provide: information,” Sunny Panh (senior, Biology) of the Pre-Health Society said. “I feel like us as advocators of student health, of health in general and wellness of people, that’s what we’ve got to do.”
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