Loyola students get flu shots at annual Wellness Fair

By Antoinette Isama

Loyola University Chicago held its annual Wellness Fair in Halas Sports Center to promote healthy lifestyles for students, faculty and staff.

The fair featured free flu shots, therapy dogs, free massages, health screenings, health assessments, and many giveaways. Games were also offered to help teach students about different aspects of wellness.

The Loyola Nursing Center offered free blood pressure screenings and calcium supplements to promote the importance of bone health and blood pressure health.

Seniors and nursing students Kelley Moir, 21, and Vanessa Wells, 21, along with their health clinical classmates were excited to be a part of the Wellness Fair by offering free blood pressure screenings and free calcium supplements, as well as fliers and pamphlets to emphasize the importance of keeping up with bone health.

“With our community health clinicals, we appreciate the Wellness Fair and the opportunity we have to teach the Loyola community about preventing poor health and being aware of how important bone health and blood pressure health,”  Moir said.

“Especially with blood pressure health, it’s better to start keeping up with it young and now, than later,” Wells added.

Loyola’s USGA Safety and Wellness Committee, along with the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution held a drawing for Chicago Bears tickets in conjunction with learning about the newly written Good Samaritan Policy.

According to student feedback, the Good Samaritan Policy was rewritten for better clarity. The Safety and Wellness Committee, along with Tim Love, Director and Chief Conduct Officer, engaged Loyola students by emphasizing what the new policy entails.

The Good Samaritan Policy prevents any student that helps a fellow student in a drug, alcohol, or sexual assault crisis from any disciplinary action. The policy needs the aiding student to call for help, to stay with the person in need and cooperate with any other resources, and to meet with the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution.

“Our emphasis on the importance of the Good Samaritan Policy is absolutely connected to wellness. Students really need to help other students in crisis. I also encourage students to tell each other about the changes to the policy since it’s new,” Love said.