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Annual Wellness, not Weight Walk to add a wellness fair

September 21, 2015

The Indiana State University Student Counseling Center and Employee Wellness Program are adding a wellness fair to its annual Wellness, not Weight Walk on Oct. 1 at Marks Field.

The wellness fair will begin at 6 p.m. and will include vendors, activities and prizes.

"We aim to promote the eight dimensions of wellness: physical, emotional, intellectual, financial, social, spiritual, occupational, and environmental," said Melissa Grinslade, a staff counselor at Indiana State's Student Counseling Center. "All of which will be highlighted with our exhibitors."

The fair offers stress ball making, hula hooping, stepping stones, blood pressure screening, chair massages and more. The wellness fair is free and invites students, faculty, staff and the community to participate in the activities.

Indiana State's Student Counseling Center is also offering additional ways to win prizes at the wellness fair."We will be entering the first 100 registrants for the walk into a drawing to win a pair of Colts tickets" said Grinslade.

The Wellness, not Weight Walk will follow an opening ceremony at 7 p.m. which will incorporate guest speakers, yoga warm up, and a glow in the dark balloon launch.

The 1 mile walk to promote health and wellness will commence at 7:30 p.m. Register now for the Wellness, not Weight Walk at The registration for the walk costs $5 for Indiana State students, faculty and staff. The registration for community members costs $10.

"The purpose of the walk and the fair is for the community to learn how to lead healthy lifestyles and to promote overall wellness," said Grinslade.

The walk is a part of Indiana State's wellness initiative for employees, students and outreach to the community. All proceeds from the walk will be donated to the National Eating Disorders Association which offers valuable resources and support for individuals and families struggling with eating disorders. In the United States, over 20 million women and 10 million men struggle from a clinically significant eating disorder at some at some time in their life.

To volunteer for the wellness fair or walk, contact Melissa Grinslade at the counseling center.


Photo: - Sycamore Sam leads participants through the campus of Indiana State University during the 2013 National Eating Disorder Awareness walk.

Contact: Melissa Grinslade, staff counselor, Student Counseling Center, Indiana State University, 812-237-3737 or

Writer: Jamina Tribbett, media relations assistant, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3773 or