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NMSU Student Wellness Center to hold grand opening

The Student Wellness Center at New Mexico State University will showcase its new facility and services in a grand opening from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, March 4.

Visitors can tour the new facility and several informational booths. Wellness Center staff and Student Health employees will offer guests a variety of testing services including blood pressure, heart rate, blood glucose, cholesterol and body composition assessments.

Snacks, refreshments and giveaways also will be available at the free event.

Located on the second floor of the Activity Center, the Wellness Center opened in January to help educate and support students in developing healthy lifestyles through exercise and nutrition.

Lynne Roberts, a student intern, said she initially helps students assess their overall fitness through a variety of testing. After the initial testing, qualifying students can participate in an eight-week circuit program, in which they exercise at the center for about one hour three times a week, under her supervision.

Money provided by the Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Department helped develop the center and purchase equipment. Roberts said the center particularly helps students with little or no background in fitness programs or those intimidated by working out on their own. However, she said she does help more experienced students who need some direction.

Depending on funding and staffing, Peter Maud, PERD department academic head, said he hopes to expand the center's hours and offer services to the entire university community.

The center is open 4-6 p.m. Monday and Wednesday and 3-6 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

For more information, contact the center at (505) 646-5178 or wellness@nmsu.edu.