Every year, the Public Health Student Association joins with other organizations on-campus to host Well-A-Palooza"A Carnival of Health" For 2014, PHSA joined with the University Wellness Committee and the Student Government Association to sponsor one of the largest events in Well-A-Palooza's 16 year history.
29 different organizations and vendors were registered to display health related programs
and activities on campus and through-out the community. Community organizations included
the Washington Health Department, the Washington County Sherriff's Office, the Northeast
Regional Health Department, the American Red Cross of Northeast TN, Woodridge Psychiatric
Hospital, Tennessee Donor Services, Agape's Women's Services, Sullivan County Medical
Reserve Corps and many more. Some of the university organizations who participated
were the ETSU Counseling Center's programs like "Healing Paws", "Sober Sex", "Student
Health 101", and "Suicide Prevention Outreach Program". Also the the College of Public
Health, the University Wellness Committee, and Bucky's Food Pantry were all represented.
The carnival-like atmosphere was provided by Funville, from Greeneville, Tennessee, which hosted a number of games, competitions, and events, as well as playing music that kept the crowds engaged and entertained.
Student participation was encouraged by providing passport cards that, when completed, allowed students to receive a 16th Annual Well-A-Palooza T-shirt. Remarkably, over 600 passport cards were distributed and more than 400 students received a T-shirt.
Milca Nunez, a senior majoring in Public Health with a concentration in Community Health, coordinated the activity on behalf of the Public Health Student Association. She was extremely pleased with the turn out, stating "Many students were reached through Well-A-Palooza and were provided health information and resources that were tailored specifically for their age group needs. The event was a total success thanks to everyone in the college who collaborated to make it happen. I was very glad to see everybody smiling and having a good time."