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Wellness Gazebo debuting Tuesday

Students are invited to come to the Wellness Gazebo on campus from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout the semester.

The gazebo will make its debut on Aug. 26 on the Schroeder Hall Plaza.

The gazebo will be rotated throughout the week in relation to student traffic on the Quad, Jim Almeda, coordinator of Health Promotion and Wellness said. The gazebo’s schedule can also be found on Health Promotion and Wellness’s website.

Sponsored by Health Promotion and Wellness, the gazebo’s main focus is to provide Illinois State University students and staff with information on health and wellness.

“We’re trying to get health wellness resources on campus out and about and make it accessible,”Almeda said.

The Wellness Gazebo will have brochures to give out including topics such as sleep management, stress and eating well – “things that students struggle with,” Almeda said. The gazebo will also provide quit-smoking kits.

With the possibility of ISU and several other public universities in the state becoming smoke-free in the next year, this is especially critical.

“[The quit-smoking kits] work to try to get smokers to cut back and quit now, to make it easier,” Almeda said.

The Student Wellness Ambassador Team (SWAT) will run the gazebo during the semester, which is trained by ISU student volunteers.

“We want to keep students healthy and well – which keeps them well academically,” Almeda said.

“Especially first-year students.  It’s a big change away from home. Students have busy lives and it can be easy to forget how to care for yourself.”

Almeda said there are simple things students can do to ensure they are staying healthy throughout the school year.

“Getting enough rest, eating well, keeping energy levels up – students can come to us and we can take all this out to them through [the Wellness Gazebo],” he said.

For updates on what SWAT is doing throughout the academic year, “like” their page on Facebook.

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