Dipa Patel has developed a routine after three years of attending Duke Wellness Expos.
She begins with a health screening. At that station, her cholesterol, weight and blood pressure are measured. Then she receives a nutrition consultation before ending the visit with a free chair massage.
“I always like to treat myself at the end of the visit,” said Patel, data technician for the Duke Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development. “The Health Expos make you feel good about checking up on your health.”
The Healthy Duke Wellness Expo, organized by LIVE FOR LIFE, Duke’s employee wellness program, showcases health and wellness resources at Duke. Three expos are scheduled this year for free services such as flu vaccines, health coaching and chair massages:
- Sept 20: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Duke Medicine Pavilion’s 2nd floor lobby
- Oct. 10: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Duke University School of Nursing in Pearson 1103
- Oct. 17: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fuqua School of Business’ Kirby Reading Room
Nurses will be stationed at the expos to provide a confidential health assessment that measures blood pressure, body mass index, cholesterol and glucose. LIVE FOR LIFE staff will help employees register for “My Health,” Duke’s new online wellness portal that tracks and calculates how lifestyle choices influence overall well-being. Staff and faculty can also get a flu vaccine and receive free chair massages.
“Duke offers a wide range of health-related programs to its faculty, staff and students,” said Nick Beresic, health promotion manager for LIVE FOR LIFE. “Attending our expos is a convenient way to learn about many of these programs in one big swoop.”
Meredith Conder, director of Duke Executive Education at the Fuqua School of Business, has been attended the health expo for the past decade to get a flu vaccine. Fuqua is one of the locations for this year’s expo.
“You can’t beat the convenience of walking a few feet to get your flu shot,” she said. “It’s a valuable benefit that Duke provides these expos to take preventive measures for our health.”
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