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Volume 7, No. 16, October 25, 2013
   
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Mueller Center To Host Second Annual Wellness Day Nov. 2

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Mueller Center To Host Second Annual Wellness Day Nov. 2

Interested in getting some health and wellness tips? Members of the Rensselaer campus and local community are invited to attend the second annual Wellness Day event on Saturday, Nov. 2. The program will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Mueller Center.

Throughout the day, a series of fitness classes and workshops will be offered. Sample offerings include classes focused on different yoga techniques, zumba, Pilates, cardio kickboxing, and high-intensity interval training.

“While Rensselaer helps nurture students’ minds, it’s equally important that we also work to encourage students and members of the campus to maintain their overall physical health and wellness,” said Erika Rau Lawson, who serves as assistant director of student activities with a focus on club sports, recreation, and the Wellness Institute program. The focus of the annual Wellness Day event is to help individuals learn more about their well-being and dedicate time to focus on reducing stress, and fostering a healthy lifestyle.”

Workshops presented by members of the Rensselaer campus include “Eating Your Way Through Stress the Healthy Way,” by Ana Shaello-Johnson, executive assistant to the vice president for student life, who is also a certified nutritionist, and “Stress Management and Sleep Hygiene,” to be delivered by Keith Anderson, a nationally recognized expert in the area of counseling and student mental health and staff psychologist in the Gallagher Student Health Center. Workshops that will be presented by area businesses include “Balance Your Breath, Balance Your Life” with Kathy Garner Grecko, and “Introduction to Sahaja Meditation” with the RPI Breathing and Meditation Club.

In addition, information tables staffed by campus and local community programs and businesses will address a range of health and wellness needs.

In light of the nationally recognized Great American Smokeout Month of November, Lawson noted that a secondary goal for the day is to raise awareness of the health risks associated with smoking and using smokeless tobacco products. “We are focusing on this important topic because although Rensselaer has taken wonderful steps toward this goal by making our environment a tobacco-free campus, the truth is, people still use tobacco products,” Lawson said. “We want to continue to educate the campus and others on the harmful effects of using these products, and help interested individuals find the resources needed to quit.

The student club Colleges Against Cancer plans to hold its Great American Smokeout event during Wellness Day. They will have informational facts and a slideshow presenting the health risks associated with using tobacco products.

To further support the effort, a special talk focused on the harmful effects of using tobacco products will be delivered by Jennifer Mahoney, public health educator with the Rensselaer County Department of Health. In addition, handouts and information from NY State Smokers Quit Line, American Lung Association, and the American Cancer Society will also be available.

Admission to the event and all offerings throughout the day is free. Class participants should bring their own yoga mats or they may purchase them at the Mueller Center front desk.

For more information, contact Erika Rau Lawson at raue@rpi.edu or visit www.muellercenter.rpi.edu/.

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