Tarleton Campus Recreation Center to host free WELLFEST Feb. 24

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STEPHENVILLE – Tarleton State University students are invited to a free, interactive event dubbed WELLFEST on Monday, Feb. 24, in the gym of the Campus Recreation Center on the Stephenville campus. The celebration is part of TexWell, a new program to promote health and well-being.

Starting at 10 a.m., students can enjoy a massage trailer, napping stations, free lunch, the chance to win prizes, and check out Wellness Champion vendor booths. WELLFEST is designed to help students explore the eight dimensions of wellness and incorporate them into their lives.

“TexWell is designed to educate students about the multifaceted nature of wellness, and WELLFEST will connect them with campus programs that promote their well-being and provide resources to assist them,” said Dr. Shanna Moody, assistant director of fitness, wellness and aquatics at the campus recreation center. “This initiative is needed at Tarleton now more than ever as we see an increase in stress and anxiety among students and as our campus grows and becomes more diverse. WELLFEST is an opportunity for the entire campus to come together for one common goal – caring for our students.”

Participants begin with a coloring activity to highlight wellness dimensions and assess current well-being. A variety of hands-on activities will reinforce personal assessments.

Finally, participants can move into a “learn your own way” speaker area where they peddle bikes, relax on a yoga mats or bounce on stability balls while listening via wireless headphones to four featured speakers discuss the eight dimensions of wellness.

Featured speakers:

10 a.m. – Physical and Social Wellness: Dr. Michael Sandlin, clinical associate professor of health and kinesiology at Texas A&M

11a.m. – Occupational and Financial Wellness: Katie Lynn Armstrong, Tarleton graduate and PR director for American Hat Company

Noon – Spiritual and Environmental Wellness: Eddie Jones, assistant football coach at Tarleton and former NFL player

1 p.m. – Intellectual and Psychological Wellness, Dr. Denise Martinez, associate dean of Tarleton’s School of Engineering.

Following WELLFEST, students, faculty and staff can participate in a free nighttime Glow and Color Run, enjoy a post-race silent disco and play glow-in-the-dark miniature golf in the gym. Registration is required for the run.

TexWell promotes the motto: Live Well. Be Well. TexWell. Following Monday’s activities, TexWell will work with campus partners to continue to promote events and services that improve student well-being.

TexWell is based on a national model approved by the National Intercollegiate Recreation Sports Association (NIRSA), the American College Health Association (ACHA) and the National Association of Student Affairs Practitioners (NASPA).


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