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TSTC Provides Healthy Lifestyle Options for Students, Faculty

Wednesday, September 18, 2013
By Eladio Jaimez

HealthTexas State Technical College nurse Erika Carriaga walked around the Student Center Cafeteria like the ringmaster of a three-ring circus.

For the past six months, Carriaga was busy organizing the Healthy Lifestyle Expo held this week at TSTC. The four-hour expo featured local businesses in the fields of beauty, health, fitness, medical and nutrition.

The expo was only open to TSTC students, faculty and staff, Carriaga said. This year, the expo also included a two-mile walk/run that will take place today at the Student Mall. Registration for the event starts at 7:30 a.m. and the walk/run gets under way at 8 a.m.

There were several prize raffles throughout the expo donated by some of the vendors.

"We've grown in the last two years that we've been putting this together," Carriaga said. "We had 30 tables and 28 vendors in total at this year's expo. It's taken a lot of hard work but it was very successful."

Carriaga and her staff walked around the cafeteria catering to the vendors and making sure everything was on par. Members of the Health Advisory Committee on campus served as volunteers for the expo.

The expo was originally supposed to take place in the mall area outside the cafeteria. But inclement weather the past week forced the expo indoors.

Carriaga was still excited to see so much traffic come through the cafeteria and stop by each table.

"The point is to promote health and wellness for ourselves," Carriaga said. "The goal is to get every student and employee at TSTC to think more about their health and live a healthier lifestyle."

Jacob Ramirez, owner and head coach at Crossfit Stamina, demonstrated several bar movements and other exercises utilized in Crossfit. He expressed the importance of proper technique when working out and also expressed his gratitude toward TSTC administrators for their effort to promote healthy living.

"We appreciate the opportunity that TSTC gave us to share our passion for fitness with the students, faculty and staff on campus," Ramirez said. "We look forward to working with them in the future."

Other demos included Zumba instructors from Rio Grande Valley Arts Studio doing Zumba and Hula dancers putting on a performance.

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