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Fair, 5K and Conference Highlight Wellness at GU

October 22, 2013 – While members of the university community are making their health care decisions for open enrollment, Georgetown is emphasizing health and wellness this month with its annual GUWellness fair and 5K, slated for Oct. 25.

“Each year, we're able to provide members of the university communitywith tools to benefit their personal health and wellness goals through open enrollment, wellness fairs, conferences and other activities,” says Charles DeSantis, associate vice president for benefits and wellness. “Community events such as the fair and 5K relate back to Georgetown's commitment to care for the whole person.”

Faculty and staff will be able to talk to representatives from the university's benefits partners and local wellness organizations during the GUWellness Fair as they determine their elections for open enrollment, which began Oct. 15 and runs until Nov. 15.

Flu shots, health screenings, free fitness classes, seated massages and more will be available for participants, at the fair, which takes place 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Yates Field House. The 5K begins at 12:30 p.m. outside of Yates.

The Oct. 5 Achieving Optimal Health Conference, sponsored by GUWellness and BB&R Wellness Consulting, attracted more than 300 participants to learn about optimal health through food and lifestyle choices and prevention.

“This was an incredible opportunity to engage people around the dynamic topic of personal well-being,” DeSantis says. “Achieving the best possible version of ourselves is an idea well worth spending a Saturday exploring.”

Speakers included Mika Brzezinski, MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” co-host; Chris Crowley, motivational speaker and author of the Younger Next Year book series; and Tara Brach, author of Radical Acceptance and founder of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington.

During lunch, conference attendees flowed into Red Square where conference exhibitors featured food and health offerings such as mushroom tacos, organic juices, fresh fruits and a yoga session on the lawn.

This is the second year GUWellness has held the conference, and the program hopes to make it an annual event for the university and neighboring communities.

Excerpts from the conference will soon be available on the GUWellness website.

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