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Spring Wellness Wednesday Series begins Jan. 29

Spring Wellness Wednesday Series begins Jan. 29


In keeping with a College priority of well-being, each semester SUNY Cortland offers weekly encouragement to the campus and community to pursue a lifetime of good health.

The Spring 2020 “Wellness Wednesday Series” will feature events intended to motivate campus and community members to learn more about health and wellness.

Programs continue through the spring semester with topics including yoga, nutrition, having a safe spring break, eating healthy, mental health awareness, spirituality and religion and supporting survivors of sexual assault.

Primarily sponsored by Health Promotion and the Student Development Center, the series is free and open to the public.

A poster listing all the Spring 2020 events can be found at Wellness Wednesday Series - Spring 2020 and on the Campus Life page of myRedDragon.

Events include:

“Gentle Yoga” will be open to the first 40 participants who show up on Jan. 29 for the 6 p.m. class in the Student Life Center Mind Body Room. Mia Teal, trained in YogaFit Levels 1 and 2, will guide participants through a class that is open to all levels, beginner to advanced. Yoga mats are supplied.

On Feb. 5, “Intro to Meditation” will be led by senior counselors Robyn Forster, Kathryn Gallup and Jennifer Talarico beginning at 6 p.m. in Corey Union Exhibition Lounge. They will present the benefits of meditation and share different guided exercises that will include dark chocolate meditation, stress relief meditation and loving kindness meditation. Participants will leave with resources to begin and maintain practice on their own.

On Feb. 12, Olivia Trumino, kinesiology graduate assistant, will present “The Latest Trends in Nutrition,outlining current trends in nutrition and the pros and cons as well as the importance of fueling the body with healthy foods and balanced eating. Join them at 5 p.m. in Corey Union Exhibition Lounge.

On Feb. 19 Lisa Hamp, a professional mental health speaker and a survivor of the Virginia Tech shooting that took place in 2007, will share her raw and powerful presentation about her struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder, an eating disorder, and infertility. Beginning at 7 p.m. in Corey Union Exhibition Lounge, “A Survivor’s Perspective on Trauma and Recovery” will offer concrete advice on finding a new normal for those struggling with mental health issues.

“Hazing Prevention: Sweating the Small Stuff” on Feb. 26 will feature national speaker Lorin Phillips who will shine a light on interactions that lead to the pain, embarrassment and alienation associated with hazing. This important presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. in Corey Union Function Room.

Dr. Jorge Eller, M.D., endovascular neurosurgeon from Crouse Hospital, will present “Strokes: Awareness, Signs and Symptoms” at 6 p.m. on March 4 in Corey Union Exhibition Lounge. Dr. Eller will present the many advances in the diagnosis and treatment of strokes and review the importance of recognizing potential signs and symptoms of stroke and the importance of timely accessing care.

Substance Abuse Prevention and Education will offer a Safe Spring Break Fair from noon to 3 p.m. on March 11 in the Student Life Center lobby.

“Eat Right, Bite by Bite” is the topic on March 25 during National Nutrition Month. Andrea Hart, registered dietitian nutritionist, will be on hand from noon to 2 p.m. at the Student Life Center lobby to talk about the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.

On April 1, a student panel discussion on “Spirituality, Religion and You” will address the intersection between religion and spirituality at 6 p.m. in Corey Union Exhibition Lounge.

“Creating a Culture of Consent” on April 8 will feature Keith Edwards, consultant and coach, who will discuss the realities of sexual violence, reframe the issues for proactive prevention, and all genders will be empowered to make positive change happen. Catch this national speaker at 7 p.m. in Corey Union Function Room.

On April 15, learn “What’s the Worst That Can Happen?” with Marissa Whitaker, substance abuse prevention and education associate, at 6 p.m. in Corey Union Exhibition Lounge. You might not think it is big deal to get caught with a fake ID or marijuana, but for many students, breaking these laws can have lasting consequences. Alcohol and drug violations can impact your financial aid, career options, and future life choices. We will take a look at the worst-case scenarios and the ripple effects involving alcohol, drugs, and the law.