Nearly 50 health agencies, vendors and benefits representatives converged in the Betty R. Tipton Room on Oct. 16 to participate in the University's 20th Annual Health, Wellness and Benefits Expo. The program included demonstrations, performances and free health screenings throughout the day. The Offices of Health Services and Human Resources sponsored the expo.
Aetna Student Health; Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield; CVS Caremark; Connecticut Department of Children and Families' Foster Care Services; Hartford GYN Center; Juice Plus; Planned Parenthood; Eastern's Health Services; and the Willimantic Food Coop were just some of the health providers participating in the health expo. CVS Caremark offered a free flu vaccination clinic for state employees, their dependents over age 18 and retirees.
A main attraction at the event was a robotic surgical device called the "Da Vinci Surgical System," on display at the expo for the first time. The health expo provided free HIV, STD and HEP C testing; body fat analysis; healthy nutrition counseling; blood pressure and cholesterol screenings; foot measuring; massages; passport applications; and giveaways in the form of protein/fiber bars, grip strength, hand sanitizers, and health and wellness materials to expo patrons. (Below, "Wholeness with Linda" featuring Linda Jacques of Columbia, CT.)