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Guadalupe Galvan and Hunter Hill visit the Student Health Services table at Kinesiology Society’s event “Health Sense” on the South Quad Tuesday. There were free pens, condoms, condom cases and informational pamphlets regarding well-being and health. The event offered free Bowl of Heaven açaí bowls. And Crunch Fitness held a raffle. / photo by Sara Flores

Guadalupe Galvan and Hunter Hill visit the Student Health Services table at Kinesiology Society’s event “Health Sense” on the South Quad Tuesday. There were free pens, condoms, condom cases and informational pamphlets regarding well-being and health. The event offered free Bowl of Heaven açaí bowls. And Crunch Fitness held a raffle. / photo by Sara Flores

Sierra Dasher
Staff Writer

The Kinesiology Society presented its event “Health Sense” for students to learn the importance of living a healthy lifestyle Tuesday in the South Quad.

“Our mission is to raise health awareness, promote a healthy and active lifestyle and give back through community service,” Kinesiology Society President Kaitlin Wilson said in the “Health Sense” event press release.

Students were able to play volleyball and soccer and visit informational booths that promoted healthy lifestyles.

Representatives from the University health center also attended the event to speak to students and advise them to utilize the local student health center more often.

“I think that more students should take advantage of what we offer in the health services,” said Cindy Denne, director of Student Health Services. “Even if you’re just beginning with some symptoms, it’s always good to just call and get some advice,” she said.

The Health Center offers many free services, including birth control and flu shots.

“We have the health center here, because it’s important to not only take care of your body, but also make sure you stay healthy,” said Jessica Rivera, senior communications major, who coordinated “Health Sense” as part of her senior project.

Denne also encourages students to live a healthy life.

“Just make sure that you’re eating a healthy diet, you’re getting lots of exercise and lots of sleep, which is totally unheard of for college students,” Denne said.

“Students should be more aware of how important living a healthy lifestyle is,” she said.

Bowl of Heaven, the smoothie and juice bar on Foothill Blvd. at D Street, also gave out free acai bowls –  whipped superfood smoothies topped granola and other toppings –  to 75 students who visited its booth.

“They have really healthy acai bowls, so you can get your fruits and veggies in,” Rivera said.

Crunch Gym also had a booth for students to learn about the workout facility where it offers free trial passes.

Rivera said she took on the project because she is concerned about La Verne students’ well-being.

“Students need to be more aware of their health,” Rivera said. “We are always drinking soda and eating junk food… it is going to take a toll. We aren’t always going to be like, ‘Oh, I can just eat whatever I want and hit the gym.’”

Rivera chose to work with the Kinesiology Society because of the close ties she has with the organization and because of the contributions it makes to the campus.

“We just love to go to conferences and are a big part of Relay for Life,” said Susie Curiel, freshman kinesiology major and Kinesiology Society member. “We are (also) big supporters of cancer awareness.”

Sierra Dasher can be reached at sierra.dasher@laverne.edu.

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