Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce

Westfield State University to hold fourth annual ‘Fresh Check Day’

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 22, 2019
CONTACT: Troy Watkins, twatkins@westfield.ma.edu, 413.572.5523

Westfield – Westfield State University will hold its fourth annual ‘Fresh Check Day’ to promote mental health, wellness, and prevention of student suicide on Thursday, March 28 from 1 to 4 p.m in the Ely Campus Center.

The event includes a series of 10 Fresh Check booths, 50 health fair tables featuring information on mental health awareness and displays of activities, entertainment, and giveaways. Following the afternoon session, the event will include evening activities at ‘Fresh Check After Dark’ from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m in the Ely Campus Center. Fresh Check Day booths and activities are open to students only. The Health Fair is free and open to the public.  

The health fair portion of the event will exhibit outside vendors including local hospitals, mental health/wellness centers, rehabilitation agencies, and foundations. Food vendors, such as Mama Cakes and make-your-own Chex Mix, will also be present. Vendor booths will provide information and additional prizes. Fresh Check Day is sponsored by the University’s Counseling Center, Student Activities, Residential Life, and Health Services.

The event will additionally host martial arts board breaking, pet therapy, raffles for prizes such as Westfield State ‘gear’ and themed gift baskets, as well as performance by the Westfield State Competitive Dance Team.

Fresh Check Day is the signature program of the Jordan Porco Foundation, a national charity dedicated to inspiring hope, preventing suicide, and promoting mental health in teenagers and college-age students. The Foundation supports efforts to provide engaging and uplifting programs emphasizing peer-to-peer interactions promoting help-seeking behavior, self-care, and overall coping skills. In addition, the Foundation seeks to help destigmatize open discussions of mental health and provides education about the risk factors connected to suicide and other mental health issues.

For more information, contact Julia Nedry at 413-572-5790.

Founded in 1839 by Horace Mann, Westfield State University is an education leader committed to providing every generation of students with a learning experience built on its founding principle as the first public co-educational college in America to offer an education without barrier to race, gender or economic status. This spirit of innovative thinking and social responsibility is forged in a curriculum of liberal arts and professional studies that creates a vital community of engaged learners who become confident, capable individuals prepared for leadership and service to society.

For more information about Westfield State University, visit www.westfield.ma.edu, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/westfieldstate, or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/WestfieldStateUniversity.

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