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Sixth annual HPU Wellness Fair held on campus

Howard Payne University recently held its sixth annual Wellness Fair, which included health screenings, demonstrations, exhibits and games for HPU students, faculty and staff.

Featured at the Wellness Fair were large inflatable replicas of the human heart and lungs. A tug-of-war contest was also held between teams made up of HPU faculty, staff and students. HPU personnel ran booths focusing on seven dimensions of wellness – emotional, intellectual, spiritual, environmental, occupational, social and physical. Additionally, HPU dining services provider Sodexo hosted a booth offering healthy wraps and fruit skewers.

Teresa Cavitt, instructor in kinesiology and faculty/staff wellness program leader, organized the event.

“Our goals are to promote all the dimensions of wellness on campus,” she said. “An active and aware campus community is a healthy campus community. This event is one of the highlights for the kinesiology department during the spring semester.”

In addition to HPU personnel and students in attendance, 35 HOSA-Future Health Professionals from Brownwood High School also participated in

the event. Other organizations represented at the event were Keep Brownwood Beautiful; Brownwood Women, Infant and Children program; Brownwood Health Department – Public Health Preparedness; Texas A&M Agri-Life; Pregnancy Care Center; AccelHealth; and Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages of Abilene.

Applications are being accepted for the fall 2019 semester at Howard Payne University ( HPU offers a variety of financial aid options, including scholarships for students from Brown County and surrounding counties. For more information about HPU, contact HPU’s Office of Admission at 325-649-8020 or by e-mail at


Photo Cutline #1: Pictured (from left to right) are Scott Owen, assistant professor of kinesiology, director of Wellness Center, clinical education coordinator; Rick Beelby, associate professor of kinesiology; Graham Hatcher, professor of kinesiology; Teresa Cavitt, instructor of kinesiology; Mike Terrill, chair, Department of Kinesiology, director of athletic training education program and assistant professor of athletic training; and Jill Heupel, assistant professor of kinesiology.

Photo Cutline #2: A team of HPU students takes part in the tug-of-war competition.

Photo Cutline #3: Displayed at the event is an inflatable model of the heart.

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