Education City’s annual health and wellness fair

Inaara Gangji, Staff reporter

To encourage students to maintain a healthy lifestyle, the health and wellness departments of various Education City campuses organized the annual Health and Wellness Fair on Wednesday, Sept. 27 at the HBKU Student Center.

The universities that took part in the fair are Northwestern University in Qatar, Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, Weill Cornell Medicine Qatar, Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar, Texas A&M University at Qatar, Georgetown University in Qatar and Hamad Bin Khalifa University.

Several organizations and services within EC, such as the Recreation Center and Sidra Medical and Research Center, as well as some outside of EC, including the Qatar Red Crescent, Yama Yoga Studios and Blue Pearl Water Sports, provided resources and information on healthy life choices to students.


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  • The fair featured more than 10 different health and wellness organizations from inside and outside of EC.

  • "The purpose [of the fair] is to have a holistic approach to help people look at their health holistically and to connect them to outside vendors that can help them to do so,” said Amie Rollins, director of health and wellness at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar.

  • A nutritionist from the Recreation Center helped a student create an exercise and meal plan and calculated his basal metabolic rate, which determines the number of calories required to keep your body functioning at rest, also known as metabolism.

  • “I had the opportunity to learn about water sports in Doha, which I have done abroad, but never knew were available here,” said Faaiza Feroz, a freshman at Northwestern University in Qatar.

  • The Qatar Cancer Society educated visitors on the effects of smoking and its correlation to lung cancer.

  • Weill Cornell Medicine Qatar told visitors how to make healthy choices by evaluating the nutritional value in their day-to-day meals.

  • Amna Elsaka, an NU-Q alumna and current content manager at The Meddy App, taught visitors how to use the application. It connects people to reliable health professionals in Doha.

  • Visitors engaged in an interactive game that tested their knowledge on nutrition at the WCM-Q stall.

  • The Recreation Center promoted their sports and fitness facilities and events.

  • Visitors consulted professionals on diet and exercise choices at the fair.

  • Sidra Medical and Research Center's maternal health department promoted healthy breastfeeding practices.

  • Clarins, a French luxury skincare, cosmetics and perfume company, advised visitors on skincare tips.

  • “The fair opened my eyes to new possibilities to keep my body healthy as a student at EC,” said Alexandra Kotsyriy, a freshman at NU-Q.

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