Wellness Fair to be held at recreation center to offer more activities, health demonstrations

This year's Wellness Fair is scheduled for Wednesday, May 9, in the Arrillaga Center for Sports and Recreation. The new, larger venue will allow for a wider range of vendors to provide more information and activities aimed at encouraging university employees to adopt healthier habits and lifestyles.

The Benefits Department is partnering with the Department of Athletics, Physical Education, Recreation and Wellness to host this year's fair. Personal trainers will be on hand for participants to discuss appropriate exercises and assess fitness levels. Participants also will be able to try out cardio equipment and see demonstrations of Pilates, fencing, rock climbing, self-defense and yoga.

Health-care vendors will once again conduct cholesterol tests. Participants are advised to schedule an appointment in advance by going to http://www.wellcall.com/. First-time users must register and use the password "stanford" (lowercase).

In addition, vendors will be promoting the health-care rewards program sponsored by Stanford that encourages faculty and staff to take their plan's health risk assessment and participate in a wellness or exercise program for a monetary reward. For more details, employees should start at the BenefitSU website—http://benefitsu.stanford.edu/—then go to their health plan's website to get started. (The rewards program is not offered to Kaiser members.)

The Stanford Blood Mobile will be at the event as well. To schedule an appointment to donate blood, go to http://membersforlife.org/stanford/mobilesch/search.php, find "Stanford," then "May 9" and follow the instructions.

Attendees also will be able to get their bike checked, walk the labyrinth that is usually in Memorial Church or try putting on a portable green.

There will be healthy-cooking demonstrations, giveaways for all participants and drawings for larger prizes. An ergonomically correct workstation will be set up, and information on exercises that can be done at one's desk will be presented. Tours of the Human Performance Lab will be offered as well.