Rensselaer Hosts Wellness Day Program
In an effort to provide members of the campus and local community with some health and wellness tips and strategies, Rensselaer hosted a daylong Wellness Day program on Saturday, March 23. The event was held in the Mueller Center.
“When we started to plan the event, our initial idea was to create a day of awareness for suicide prevention; however, as things developed the program morphed into a much larger event encompassing health and wellness issues,” said Erika Rau Lawson, assistant director of student activities, who also works to support club sports and recreation activities.
Lawson noted that Suzanne Nicklas, owner of the Troy-based Shanti Yoga Studio, who also serves as a yoga instructor for the Mueller Center, was instrumental in developing the event concept. Nicklas wanted to create the event as a way to honor her brother, who passed away nearly 20 years ago.
Throughout the day, a series of fitness classes and workshops were offered. Sample offerings included classes focused on different yoga techniques for adults and young children, Zumba, and belly-dancing.
As part of the event, Laura Marx, the Capital Region area coordinator for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, spoke to attendees about general awareness, statistics, and available preventative free services.
Information tables staffed by campus and local community programs addressed a range of health and wellness needs, including free blood pressure screenings, natural skin care products, essential oils, and integrated health solutions. Individuals also had an opportunity to receive complimentary chair and reiki massages.
“We are very excited that we were able to host the Wellness Day event for all students, faculty, staff, and the greater community,” Lawson said. “The opportunity to collaborate with campus partners and downtown Troy organizations has been a great experience because we are all united in achieving the same goal—one that is focused on developing a healthy lifestyle.”
The event was sponsored by the Mueller Center, along with the Counseling Center and the Gallagher Student Health Center; in addition to community support from the Shanti Yoga Studio.
While overall admission to the event was free, individuals paid for the yoga class offerings, which were free for Rensselaer students. Proceeds were donated to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
For more information regarding Mueller Center programs, contact Erika Rau Lawson via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.