Special to the E-T Tarleton State University will host the 2007 Wellness Expo Thurs., Oct. 18, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Barry B. Thompson Student Center ballrooms, located at the corner of Lillian and Vanderbilt Streets. Community members, as well as Tarleton students, faculty and staff are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Nearly 800 people attended last year's Wellness Expo and coordinators are expecting larger numbers this year.

The expo, themed “Wellness for Life!, is designed to be a holistically balanced health fair, addressing the connections between the body, mind, spirit and emotions, as well as professional and cultural aspects. More than 40 area vendors will be available to demonstrate and sell products, and trained professionals will be on-hand to perform blood pressure checks, cholesterol checks, skin cancer screenings and more.

“Our theme, “Wellness for life!, is a reflection of our conviction that investing in improving your wellness is worth it, especially in the long run, said Dr. Gilbert Hinga, Tarleton's assistant vice president of wellness and career development. “Attending the Wellness Expo can help you make important changes in your life. It is very encouraging to see how an event like this is contributing to our community's wellness.

Last year, 91 percent of attendees who completed surveys about the expo indicated they gained knowledge or skills that would help them in their lives. In this same survey, 89 percent said they intended to put this knowledge or skill into practice.

The expo will also feature the Stress Free Zone, in which Tarleton student organizations will demonstrate fun stress-management activities. Door prizes will be given away throughout the afternoon. In addition, flu shots will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis to anyone.

The event is a joint effort among representatives from Harris Methodist Erath County Hospital, the Student Health Center, the Career Services Center, the Center for Diversity Initiatives and the Student Counseling Center.

For more information about the Wellness Expo, go to www.tarleton.edu/~wellness/Expo or call 254-968-9044.