On Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, the Women’s Resource Center is hosting its annual Women’s Health and Wellness Chocolate Festival. Conveniently located in the Auburn Student Center Ballroom, the festival will take place from 11-2 p.m.
So for Nov. 14 only, it may be a good idea to skip the Chick-fil-A lines and go straight for the dessert. Tickets for the event are $5 and they include a good dose of chocolate from local restaurants, bakeries and caterers.
“A ticket gets you four servings of chocolate, but these aren’t tiny pieces of chocolate,” Co-chair Pamela Frank said. “I’m talking a big piece of chocolate cake or a cookie.”
It’s common knowledge that the word “stressed” is “desserts” spelled backward, so this chocolate-filled-festival is a way for students to take a break from the never ending stream of tests and papers due before Thanksgiving.
For those who don’t believe that chocolate alone will cure the dreaded end of semester stress, fear not.
The Women’s Health and Wellness Chocolate Festival offers more than the short-term sugar rush of chocolate. Campus and community organizations promoting different health and wellness issues will be set up in the ballroom to give students information on how to live a healthier lifestyle.
“Our motto can be summed up with the phase ‘everything in moderation,’” Frank said. “The purpose of the festival is to provide information on health for women and men, so we want to be a resource on health issues without being intimidating.”
AU Real Food Challenge, Big Dog Running Company, Yogafly Studio, Unity Wellness, Rape Counselors of East Alabama, EAMC Cancer Center and AUBIE- EDA are just a few examples of organizations that will be giving students health information in addition to some chocolate.
“Being healthy, whether mentally, spiritually or physically does not need to be a chore,” Frank said. “We bring chocolate into the festival to show that, yes, you can eat chocolate and be healthy at the same time.”
The delicious chocolate and informative health and wellness tips are benefiting more than just the students. All proceeds from the festival go to the Women’s Resource Center Healing Quilts Initiative, an organization that strives to provide comfort and healing to those battling cancer treatment. The initiative works to display artistic quilts that feature plants and animals used in chemotherapy treatments in hospitals around the community, so those battling cancer can feel more peaceful and connected to their treatment.
“Research shows that images of plants and animals have a healing and comforting effect on patients,” Frank said. “The planning committee felt that this was an important cause, because while there are various non-profit organizations that focus on cancer research, we
wanted to focus on the healing and comporting aspect of cancer treatment.”
Whether it’s the stress of finals, the need for a better understanding on how to lead a healthier lifestyle or the desire to give cancer patients a more peaceful treatment, the Women’s Resource Center Chocolate Festival is helping out the community with every girl’s best friend: chocolate.