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Health and Wellness Fair open to campus community

Oct. 10, 2006

KALAMAZOO--Students, faculty, staff and retirees at Western Michigan University are invited to attend the 2006 Health and Wellness Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, in the Student Recreation Center.

This free campuswide event is designed to increase awareness and utilization of health programs, organizations and resources available to the WMU community.

More than 50 exhibitors from WMU and the greater Kalamazoo area will be on hand to answer questions and provide information about available health and wellness services and employee/retiree benefits.

By providing an opportunity to explore campus and local providers of health and wellness services, fair organizers hope to encourage and support commitments on the part of WMU students and employees to create, improve and sustain healthy lifestyles.

The fair will feature information on stress management, social wellness, sexual health, nutrition and diet, ergonomics, weight training and exercise. Services offered will include vision and hearing screening, healthy food samples and chair massages.

FluMist (live, intranasal influenza vaccine) and meningitis immunizations will also be administered at a cost of $24 and $93 respectively. FluMist is approved for healthy children and adults from 5 through 49 years of age, including household contacts of most people at high risk for influenza complications. However, FluMist is not recommended for people with some medical conditions, such as pregnancy, long-term health problems or weakened immune systems.

Due to manufacturing delays of injectable influenza vaccine this year and to accommodate attendees unable to utilize the FluMist, a rain check will be issued at the Health & Wellness Fair. The rain check will qualify all holders, regardless of insurance, to obtain flu shots when they become available at a future campus vaccine clinic.

FluMist cost covered for insured WMU employees

At the fair only, all University employees and their age-12-and-older dependents who are covered by the WMU insurance program can receive the FluMist at no charge to the employee.

The $24 full cost of the vaccination is being covered by the employees' WMU insurance only at the fair. This benefit coverage will also apply to faculty and staff with rain checks for flu shots.

For more information about the Health and Wellness Fair, contact Amy Seth, director of University Recreation, at amy.seth@wmich.edu or (269) 387-3759.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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