On April 19, Eastern was the first college campus in the nation to host Fresh Check Day -- a concept created by The Jordan Matthew Porco Memorial Foundation that is designed to bring the campus community together to "check-in" on the mental health and wellness of college students.
Eastern's Fresh Check Day began in the Student Center, where relaxation and stress relief were addressed through a vibrational sound massage exhibit, "Gong the Planet" and "Tails of Joy Therapy Dogs." In the evening in the Betty R. Tipton Room, Jordan Burnham from Active Minds spoke. Burnham, a nationally-recognized speaker, told the story of surviving a nine-story fall/suicide attempt. "Life After the Fall" is a moving presentation that addresses mental health issues, suicide and survival.
The signature events of Fresh Check Day took place on April 21, when Webb Lawn was transformed into an expo-like atmosphere to bring together 10 interactive exhibits, combined with free food and raffle giveaways. The band, Barefoot Truth, kicked off Eastern's popular Battle of the Bands.
Students attending Fresh Check Day earned Dean's Cup Points. The 10 expo booths offered students ways to relax, de-stress, reach out and recognize depression in their friends.
All events were organized by the Offices of Counseling and Psychological Services and Student Activities, student volunteers and representatives of The Jordan Matthew Porco Memorial Foundation. For more information, please visit www.freshcheckday.com.