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Fresh Check Day

Waldorf University students Jennet Hojanazarova, left, and Conrad Basom, right, race each other in Wiggling Cars during Fresh Check Day on Feb. 21. 

FOREST CITY | Waldorf University students played carnival-type games, sampled free food and learned about mental health during Fresh Check Day on Feb. 21.

This is the first year Waldorf has hosted a Fresh Check Day.

Rather than bringing in a speaker, "it's more of an interactive day for students," said Allison Hurlbert from Crisis Intervention Service, which helps victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault in North Iowa.

CIS was one of the organizations with a booth at the event. 

Fresh Check Day is the signature program of The Jordan Porco Foundation (JPF).

JPF works closely with colleges to plan and fund Fresh Check Day in an effort to bring awareness of mental health resources and coping strategies to college campuses.

Waldorf organizations and community agencies had booths on topics such as nutrition and exercise.

Students who attended could get massages or color in adult coloring books for relaxation. 

"I came for the massage mainly," said Waldorf student Teresa Coombs.

She said she wanted to "do the de-stress thing before mid-terms." 

Coombs also tried the Plinko game at the CIS booth.

Those who wished to participate in the game first drew a mindfulness question out of a bowl, read it aloud and answered it. 

One of the questions was, "What's something about you that people might not know?"

Then they dropped the Plinko ball in hopes of getting a prize.

Waldorf's Social Warrior Action Team (SWAT) had a booth called "Know Your Limit" where students could try on "beer googles" that simulate what your vision is like when you're intoxicated and try to walk a straight line.

They also received free, non-alcoholic beverages.

At The Boost booth, students tried out hula hoops and Wiggling Cars, low-to-the-ground scooters operated solely be a steering wheel.

Waldorf student Nikki Adolphson said there's a connection between physical activity and mental well-being.

"Just move and you will feel better," she said. 

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