Wellness Week draws students interested in staying healthy


Rattler Wellness held its one-year anniversary celebration in the Hansel E. Tookes Sr. Recreation Center on Tuesday.

Rattler Wellness is an organization with members dedicated to promoting the overall health and wellness of minorities and throughout the community through mind, body and spirit.

The event consisted of Caribbean, belly and chair dance seminars, free food, an iPod raffle and about 20 vendors, all in support of promoting wellness.

Tatiana Siplin, a third-year pre-cardiopulmonary science student from Fort Pierce, Fla., said the event, as well as the recreation center, provided students with unique fitness opportunities.

“Here, people have learned ways to work out,” Siplin said. “Hip-hop dance is a good workout and a fast way to burn calories. There is also a chiropractor and massage therapist here, just different ways to correlate to wellness.”

The celebration was a way to bring together Rattlers who enjoy fitness. It also aimed to raise awareness about health, the body and personal fitness.

Adam Badger, a third-year criminal justice student from New Orleans and current Mr. Rattler Wellness, enjoyed the event because he is passionate about health and fitness.

“It’s just great to see everybody, to be out here talking about fitness and taking the extra step just to be involved,” Badger said.

Even Rattlers following their regular workout schedule joined the event once they finished their workouts.

“I was already in the rec center working out, and I ran into a crowd of people,” said Tiara Madison, third-year nursing student from Jacksonville, Fla. “Once I found out what the event was about, I immediately joined in the fun.”

Kimi Walker, a Rattler Wellness health educator, encourages all to browse the website and social media under “Rattler Wellness.” 

For more information on how to get involved, visit www.rattlerwellness.com.