It is no secret that college students often don't treat their bodies as well as they should; between researching and writing papers, studying for tests, job interviews, part-time work and participation in club activities, many of us don't pay enough attention to healthy habits. This is why Wellness Week is so important.
Beginning on Monday, Feb. 11, Wellness Week encourages students, faculty and staff to adopt healthier lifestyles and offers aids to reduce stress.
Events at the Sport and Rec Center, designed especially for stressed-out students, staff and faculty, include:
• Chair Massages at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12 and Thursday, Feb. 14 in the upstairs office, overseen by massage therapist Shelley Reeland from Hubbs Health Center.
• Blood Pressure Screening from noon to 1 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 11, Wednesday the 13th and Thursday the 14th in the foyer. Is stress affecting your health? Find out by having your blood pressure checked, sponsored by Hubbs. The first 40 students to have their blood pressures tested will receive a free messenger bag.
• Gentle Yoga for Backs Needing Gentle Care at 5:15 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 11 in the group exercise room. If you suffer from back pain, this class is made for you. Professor of Sociology Shelia Bennett, a registered yoga instructor with experience in back care and therapeutic yoga, will teach simple moves to alleviate stress and back pain in addition to strengthening and improving mobility. Loose clothing should be worn.
• Stress Buster Session, from 5 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 13 in the second floor classroom. Learn relaxation techniques to ease stress with psychologist Bonnie Lambourn.
• Blood Pressure Screening with cardiac nurses from Geneva General Hospital from noon to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12. in the foyer.
• Introduction to Yoga, led by Margaret Newland, from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14.
• “Break Fast for Breakfast? from 7 to 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb 13 in the foyer. Usually skip breakfast because it takes too much time? Learn how to start your day the right way with quick and easy breakfasts.
Events designed to encourage healthy habits include:
• Workout Bingo starting Monday, Feb. 11; each weekday you work out, get a number dotted on your bingo card. Complete bingo by the end of the week and receive a free T-shirt. See front desk for details.
• Resistance Exercises at 12:20 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12 in the group exercise room. Led by exercise coordinator Karen Quartaro, the class will cover resistance exercises with dumbbells, stability balls or with no equipment. The class will move at the pace of the individuals and is a great chance for one-on-one instruction.
• Introduction to Kung Fu at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12 in the group exercise room. Open to all ages and ability levels, the class will cover basic kicks and punches, basic form and a self-defense technique. A sample workout to improve strength and flexibility will also be included. This class will be taught by Jerry Martin, owner of the Finger Lakes Martial Arts Center, who has more than 15 years of experience. His center specializes in Hung Gar Kung Fu, also called Five Animal Run. Reservations are requested by calling ext. 3901.
• Fitness Assessments from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 13 in the second floor foyer. Various fitness tests will be offered by certified personal trainer Leigh Pitifer '84.
• “Sweet Treat for Completing the Feat! all day on Thursday, Feb. 14; enjoy a heart-healthy treat after a workout.
• Community Lunch Program needs workers from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14 (and each Thursday in February) at Geneva's First United Methodist Church. Wellness Week is teaming up with the Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning to help out; the Community Lunch Program provides hot lunches for the hungry in Geneva.
• Test your coordination and flexibility from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15 in the Scandling Center Atrium.
All events are free and open to students, faculty and staff.