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Eric Manor is chatting with attendees at the 2022 Well-being Summit.

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Well-being Summit on Thursday prepares campus community for sprint to the finish

With the spring semester’s sprint to the finish in full stride, it’s a potentially rough time of year for all parts of the body. The stress is picking up, the weather is more temperamental than a 3-year-old, and there’s just a lot to get done.

That’s why the 2023 Purdue University Fort Wayne Well-being Summit is perfectly placed on Thursday. Centered around the International Ballroom in Walb Student Union, the summit features 45 vendors and events from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

“It’s to bring awareness to the resources on campus and around the community to help people take a minute to consider how they are doing,” said Eric Manor, well-being and recreation director. “It’s not easy, the number of hours everyone is putting in. Take a deep breath before we wind up the school year and just remember to prioritize yourself in everything you are doing for others and your school work.”

The summit offers a chance to work on health from head to toe with options such as eyebrow waxing, bone density measurements, massages, facials, and sound therapy. There’s even a stationary bike that mixes a smoothie via pedal power.

Along with the usual free T-shirts, food, and giveaways, succulent plants are available free while supplies last, and fresh produce is available to purchase. 

Oh, and don’t forget the opportunity to pet therapy dogs—and even a therapy miniature horse, which is new to campus and the event. Equine therapy is a growing industry, and miniature horses are small enough to be able to travel to those who can benefit from their presence. The current miniature horse that will be present at the fair is a rescue animal with a calm and willing personality who is often used for visits with bedridden patients.

“The big push this year is on mental health emphasis,” Manor said. “We try to include something for most aspects for your overall health and well-being, so hopefully you stop and consider how you’re doing instead of just go-go-go! We offer a wide variety of vendors so there is something there for everyone.”

Among the highlights are blood health screenings starting at 7 a.m. (costs vary), the vendors fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., mobile mammography screenings from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Walb Circle, yard games, a planting party, and a painting party (registration required) from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. There will also be plenty of information about opportunities on and off campus.