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Nick McGregor

Senior Communications Editor, University of Utah Health
Email: nick.mcgregor@hsc.utah.edu
Phone: 801-587-1142

Jan 21, 2020 10:00 AM

University of Utah Health is proud to announce the fourth year of its partnership with Sundance Film Festival as it assumes a new role as the Official Health & Wellness Sponsor.

This year, U of U Health will offer a series of wellness initiatives throughout Park City and Salt Lake City for Sundance Film Festival team members, volunteers, partners, and attendees alike to help minimize stress and maximize health during the Festival.

Since its official establishment in 1985 by Robert Redford, the Sundance Film Festival has united lovers of film from across the globe in an effort to spotlight emerging filmmakers, provide a platform for fresh perspectives in media, and bridge the gap between storytellers and the people who live them.

Each winter, more than 100,000 Festival-goers descend upon Park City, Salt Lake City, and across the state of Utah to screen, support, and celebrate the year’s acclaimed films. Those visitors are supported by more than 3,000 dedicated staff members and volunteers from around the world.

To enhance their experience, U of U Health will focus this year on two central goals: expanding access to its established wellness initiatives, including free yoga classes and massages, and hosting new offerings like organized walks and runs that will help attendees make the most of their time in Utah.

Before the Festival, experts from U of U Health’s Trauma Outreach and University Neuropsychiatric Institute (UNI) teams provided staff and volunteers with first aid and de-escalation training. During the festival, U of U Health will provide on-site support for Festival-goers and the SFF20 team with a #10DaysofWellness social media campaign that provides mindfulness, movement, and nutrition resources. In addition, U of U Health will host several Staff & Volunteer Wellness Hubs in various Sundance Film Festival venues.

Each year, in collaboration with Sundance Film Festival, U of U Health hosts a panel discussion at the Filmmaker Lodge on Main Street that focuses on the power of combining storytelling with science and medicine. In 2019, U of U Health screened the film One in a Million, an award-winning documentary on the genetic testing that uncovered a life-saving treatment for young Utahn Tyler Teuscher.

This year, Kenneth Paul Rosenberg, director of 2019 U.S. Documentary Competition film Bedlam, will moderate a panel discussion with U of U Health experts about Destigmatizing Mental Illness Through Storytelling, Science, and Philanthropy.

“From the trainings they provided to Festival staff to the ongoing wellness program they provide to our volunteers, staff, and patrons, U of U Health has proven to be an essential partner in enabling us to put on a successful Festival each year,” said Betsy Wallace, Managing Director of Sundance Institute. “We’re proud to make Utah our home and to partner with this great local organization to help ensure the health, safety, and wellness of everyone participating in the Festival.”

 

How to “Fest Well” with U of U Health

To learn more about U of U Health’s enhanced wellness series at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, visit uofuhealth.org/sundance or peruse the full event schedule below.

FRIDAY 1/24

University of Utah Health Wellness Hub
Festival Co-Op
608 Main St., Park City
Free massages from 10 am – 6 pm
Open to the public

Lyft Driver Hub
1665 Bonanza St., Park City
Free massages from 12 pm - 7 pm
Limited to Lyft drivers

 
SATURDAY 1/25

University of Utah Health x Chase Sapphire Morning Yoga
Chase Sapphire on Main
573 Main St., Park City
Free yoga from 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Admission by capacity
 
University of Utah Health Wellness Hub
Festival Co-Op
608 Main St., Park City
Free massages from 10 am – 6 pm
Open to the public
 
Lyft Driver Hub
1665 Bonanza St., Park City
Free massages from 12 pm - 7 pm
Limited to Lyft drivers

SUNDAY 1/26

University of Utah Health x Park City Running Club Morning Walk & Run
Begins/ends at Festival Co-Op
608 Main St., Park City
9:30 am – 10:30 am
Open to the public
 
University of Utah Health Wellness Hub
Festival Co-Op
608 Main St., Park City
Free massages from 10 am – 6 pm
Open to the public

Lyft Driver Hub
1665 Bonanza St., Park City
Free massages from 12 pm - 7 pm
Limited to Lyft drivers
 
MONDAY 1/27

University of Utah Health Wellness Hub
Festival Co-Op
608 Main St., Park City
Free massages from 10 am – 6 pm
Open to the public
 
University of Utah Health x Enlighten Wellness Morning Yoga
Enlighten Wellness
1912 Sidewinder Dr. #105, Park City
Free yoga from 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Open to the public
 
TUESDAY 1/28


University of Utah Health x Enlighten Wellness Morning Movement
Enlighten Wellness
1912 Sidewinder Dr. #105, Park City
Free movement class from 8 am – 9 am
Open to the public
  
Festival Staff/Volunteer Wellness Hub
Eccles Theatre, 1750 Kearns Blvd., Park City
2 pm – 6 pm
Staff/volunteers only
 
WEDNESDAY 1/29


University of Utah Health x Park City Running Club Morning Walk & Run
Begins/ends at Festival Co-Op
608 Main St., Park City
9:30 am – 10:30 am
Open to the public
 
Festival Staff/Volunteer Wellness Hub
Eccles Theatre, 1750 Kearns Blvd., Park City
11:30 am – 8:30 pm
Staff/volunteers only
 
THURSDAY 1/30

University of Utah Health x Chase Sapphire Morning Yoga
Chase Sapphire on Main
573 Main St., Park City
Free Yoga from 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Admission by capacity
 
FRIDAY 1/31

Panel: Destigmatizing Mental Illness Through Storytelling, Science, and Philanthropy

Filmmaker Lodge, 550 Main St. (Second Floor), Park City
4:30 pm – 6 pm
Admission by capacity

Lyft Driver Hub
1665 Bonanza St., Park City
Free massages from 12 pm - 7 pm
Limited to Lyft drivers

SATURDAY 2/1

Festival Staff/Volunteer Wellness Hub
Rose Wagner Center, 138 Broadway, Salt Lake City
12 pm – 8:30 pm
Staff/volunteers only

Lyft Driver Hub
1665 Bonanza St., Park City
Free massages from 12 pm - 7 pm
Limited to Lyft drivers

 

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