Dan Savage, a half marathon and much more at this year's health and wellness event
Health Expo, learning sessions, Dan Savage, cooking demonstrations, a half marathon, movies on the Quad and even a New Orleans brass band -- get ready for a busy time on campus! UNC Asheville will be hosting the second annual Well-a-Bration Sept. 13 to 15. The event is a celebration of the roles healthful living and wellness play in the achievement of individual, campus and community well-being.
The events will engage university members and the community in activities, programs, presentations and special events designed to inform, educate and celebrate positive and preventive health practices. Events will take place across campus and will include over 15 health-related activities over the three-day span.
Keynote Speaker: Dan Savage
Well-a-Bration will kick off with a speaking engagement by author, activist and sex columnist Dan Savage. He created the It Gets Better Project in response to gay students taking their lives after being bullied. The project has become a worldwide movement garnering many social media awards and inspiring millions to participate. Savage will speak Thursday Sept. 13 at 7:00 p.m. in the Justice Center, and a book signing will follow the event.
Please call (828) 251.6600 to reserve your tickets. One free ticket to students with a OneCard. General public tickets are $10.00. Tickets are available on the 2nd floor of Highsmith Union at the information desk. Cash or check only.
Citizen-Times Half Marathon
This event is considered to be one of the area's most scenic and challenging runs, voted as "one of the top best half marathons in the Southeast" by Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine. All race participants will pick up race numbers at the Sports Expo at the Sherrill Center (Sept. 14. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.). The race begins at 7:15 a.m. in front of the Citizen-Times building in downtown Asheville. For more information visit the race website.
Well-a-Bration will also include health and fitness screenings, wellness walks, a farmers market, keynote speakers and many additional events targeting all audiences.
With the creation of the N.C. Center for Health and Wellness, rapid expansion of the Health and Wellness academic department, numerous health and fitness programs offered by Campus Recreation and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, and the faculty and staff Workplace Wellness Program, UNC Asheville has proven to be a university invested in helping to make all North Carolinians healthier.
“When Well-a-Bration brought in thousands of guests for the inaugural year in 2011, the committee knew we had something special," said Dr. David Gardner, executive director of the North Carolina Center for Health & Wellness. "This year's events have something for everyone, and we are excited to be able to offer this event for the second year in a row."
For more information and for a full schedule of events, please visit ncchw.unca.edu/well-a-bration.