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Health and Wellness Center increases activities

November 18, 2016
By Emmy Newman'17
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Have you been enjoying the engaging wellness programming on campus this semester? Learn more about The Health and Wellness Center's activities and goals.

The Health and Wellness Center, located on the first floor of Porter, is an often-overlooked resource at the college. Tara Girard, director of the HWC, and her team of student workers have been working harder than ever to fill campus with a variety of events geared towards mental and physical health.

Tara has been working to emphasize the "wellness" in the HWC manifesto, "at its core, healthcare should be about teaching, encouraging, and supporting people to live more healthful lives." While an effective wellness stratagem will hopefully decrease the need for illness care, Tara reminds students that the Health Center is open every day during the week as well as Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Students will generally be able to get same or next day appointments for medical check-ups and within a week for a counseling appointment, where the session limit no longer applies.

The HWC employs seven wellness programmers who collaborate with Tara and Namoonga Mantina, the HWC coordinator, on campus events. This semester's team consists of Selene Castrucci'17, Sam Kindler'17, Macy Tran'17, Sophia Rogers-Davidson'19, Claire Ramos'19, Favi Ramirez'20, and Diego Reyes'17. All have become involved with the HWC for various reasons, including a love of health administration and a dedication to supporting student wellness. Sam got involved after working on the Powerhouse plans as well as being on a committee that recommended best uses for the additional student health fee that was added to tuition a few years ago.

The wellness programmers have been hard at work this semester planning events for campus to showcase different approaches to wellness and create spaces for caring. These programs include events like the Mindful Health Challenge, a program Sophia worked on with Meg Kowta'18 in Spiritual Life that challenged all campus community members to take 10 minutes out of their days for mindful meditation.

Another popular event this semester was the Healthy Happy 5K Run/Walk that both Selene and Sam cite as a programming highlight and a generally enjoyable activity. In the coming months, as the cold begins to hurt our souls, keep the HWC in mind as a resource for healthcare, and keep your eyes out for more exciting programming. Students will also receive a newsletter, Student Health 101, created by a third party and customized to Beloit by Tara, which can offer advice, wellness tips, and fact-based reports on how to stay healthy. Pop-up wellness events will continue to happen around campus.

Last week Sam reported a successful event in which programmers formed a morning cheering squad to congratulate people on getting up and tackling their responsibilities. From bowls of candy and fruit to get you through a difficult Tuesday to awareness events for World AIDS Day, the HWC is continuously changing and growing to stay relevant to campus.