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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

It’s all about starting spring on a healthy note as Mercyhurst University hosts two popular events this month: Taste or Waist and the Wellness Fair. Both take place simultaneously on Friday, April 8, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Mercyhurst Athletic Center.

Taste or Waist invites the university community to sample two versions of a contributed dish: one regular, and one with reduced fat and calories. After a blind taste test of each item, participants vote on which they think is tastier and which they believe to be healthier.

Since 2006, students in the nutrition for health professionals course taught by Tim Harvey, assistant professor of sportsmedicine, have been preparing appetizers, soups, entrees and desserts for the annual event. An estimated 30 entries are expected Friday.

The Wellness Fair, meanwhile, features a variety of informational and hands-on stations, where participants can test some basic competencies covering all seven dimensions of health: physical, social, emotional, environmental, spiritual, intellectual, and occupational.

Kristy Jamison of the Campus Involvement Center is organizing the event, now in its 12th year. She said participants can test their physical fitness skills with ROTC, learn about healthy eating, visit Bailey the Therapy Dog, create a stress-relieving craft, try some organic beauty products, enjoy a build-your-own-salad bar, and more.

Both events are open to students, faculty, staff and administrators. The first 100 guests will receive a free lip balm. There will also be raffle prizes such as a FitBit, yoga pack, Magic Bullet and others.

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