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NCC Celebrates Health and Wellness for 11 Years

Health and Wellness Fair offers service for all ages

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Norwalk, CT | Added on March 25, 2015 At 06:00 PM

For eleven years Norwalk Community College has promoted health to reach beyond its staff and students, to those within the community at its annual Health and Wellness Fair. 

"That's why this is here, to inform me about my health," said Norwalk resident Grace Virgilio.

NCC's East Campus Atrium was filled Wednesday with 30 booths staffed by representatives from local hospitals, agencies, clinics, individual practices and NCC student clubs and organizations. 

 

"I graduated from this college," said Virgilio. "And when I read they were having the wellness center, I usually because I get such great information and I want to keep healthy." 

 

"We want to educate our community on the benefits of health and wellness that don't only translate to better health fitness, but also overall well being, mental wellness, social wellness, environmental wellness and being an educational institution that is also what we are committed to do here in Fairfield County," said Paul Gallo, NCC director of Exercise Science and Wellness. 

Many of this year's new additions offered free screenings, tests and mental health services.

"The importance of health/fitness and personal wellness is awareness," said Paul Gallo, NCC director of Exercise Science and Wellness. "Through the screenings people are able to get a better understanding of their metabolic profile, some health risks that may be associated with their current health and wellness level." 

"The Southwest Regional Mental Health Board is with us again," said Ty Griese, NCC assistant director of wellness. "We also have a group called positive directions, which does addictive behavior counseling." 

Event organizers say there are many reasons why individuals of all ages would get their screenings at a health fair rather than a hospital. 

"My cholesterol level, I wanted that checked because I haven't had it checked in a while and I do take medication, but sometimes I don't take it," said Virgilio.  

"I'm aware that a number of our students, not being well economically off, may not have a private physician," said Ty Griese, NCC assistant director of wellness. "They may even, with the health care alternatives these days they might not be insured either."  

"This is more casual, part of the routine," said Gallo. "Some people don't even know the fair is actually going on and as they stroll through, may stop casually to do a screening."

 


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