Binghamton University Dining Services and Campus Recreation host 11th annual health fair

Schools and Libraries

April 18, 2017

For the 11th year, Binghamton University Dining Services (BUDS), in partnership with the Department of Campus Recreational Services, hosted a comprehensive health fair on campus, showcasing food vendors, community businesses, non-profit organizations and allied groups in celebration of National Nutrition Month.

"This year's Health Fair focused on an integrated and holistic approach to health and wellness," said Alexa Schmidt, registered dietitian with Binghamton University Dining Services. "We provided attendees with a taste of everything we offer at Binghamton University. This includes our strong sustainable partnerships, variety of dietary accommodations, new food options, nutritional assistance, culinary expertise and more. We are thrilled to come into our second decade of this valuable event for both the campus and our local community."

More than 70 vendors, including the BUDS Wellness Team, were on hand to showcase products, offer helpful information, and provide food, beverage samples and fun giveaways.

"The BUDS wellness team consists of an employee from each unit," said Community Liaison Lori Benson. "We are a resource for our coworkers promoting and providing wellness information. Our table at the Health Fair focused on daily portion sizes for fats, grains, dairy, fruits, vegetables and proteins."

The 1,045 attendees participated in free health screenings, guided meditation sessions, fitness demos, the BARK-9 therapy dog program, facility tours and drawings as they learned how to incorporate health and wellness into their daily lives.

"Wellness plays a significant role in the retention, satisfaction and success of Binghamton University students, faculty and staff. It is our priority to create and promote a culture where healthy choices are the easy choices," said Cindy Cowden, senior associate director for campus recreation and chair of B-Healthy: the Healthy Campus Initiative. "The Health Fair is a great community event that offers a comprehensive look at wellness and what it means to live a balanced lifestyle, both on campus and off. We look forward to our continued partnership with both Binghamton University Dining Services and our community partners."

For more information about Binghamton University Dining Services, contact Casey Slocum, marketing coordinator at 607 777 3014 and via email at