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Health Fair - Mandate

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Room 242 CAW Student Centre      St. Denis Centre      
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University of Windsor
Health Fair
MANDATE

The World Health Organization defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity” (1967). WHO also states that “Health Promotion is the process of enabling people to increase control over and to improve their health ” (1986). One of the goals of health promotion therefore, is to provide members of the community with accurate and appropriate information so that people can make informed choices to protect themselves.

As adults our health is primarily our own responsibility but social environments that promote healthy choices and lifestyles are also linked to improved health. As we strive to achieve ‘health for all’ within the Canadian framework for health promotion, the annual Health Fair at the University of Windsor is one activity within an integrated health promotion network on campus aimed at promoting the health of our student population.

The Health Fair is a forum for campus departments and local health agencies to promote their services to the campus community. The event is geared to health issues of the young adult.

The Health Fair:

    • Increases health awareness by providing health screening, activities, materials, demonstrations and information.
    • Provides students with the opportunity to interact with departments and agencies from their own community to gain valuable information regarding healthy lifestyles, community resources, disease prevention and self care.
    • Motivates participants to make positive health behaviour changes.
    • Allows for networking of personnel from campus departments and community agencies for more comprehensive and organized treatment for our students on and off campus.
    • Includes displays that are invited by the Health Fair Planning Committee. All displays must not charge for services, be interactive and be research-based health promotion initiatives.
    • Is free to visitors (no entrance fee).
    • Is free for display personnel (no charge for table).
    • Runs from 10am to 3pm once a year.
    • Attracts between 1500 – 2000 students and staff visiting the displays since 1993.

    • Sponsored by Student Health Services and Campus Recreation, University of Windsor.

    • Organized by the Health Promotion Office, Student Health Services and the Campus Recreation Office, Athletics and Recreational Services.
November 2003
Reviewed August 2008
Reviewed June 2016