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College Announces Spring ‘Wellness’ Series


SUNY Cortland will offer a Spring 2016 “Wellness Wednesday Series” featuring speakers, exhibits, self-help workshops and other programs intended to encourage campus and community members to learn more about health and wellness.

Programs continue through the spring semester under the theme “Treasure Your Health,” with topics addressing mental health, financial wellness, disability sport education and alternative means of achieving better health including massage, eating right and spiritual wellness.

Sponsored by the Health Promotion Office, the series will take place on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. in Corey Union Exhibition Lounge, unless otherwise noted. The events are free and open to the public.

On Jan. 27, the Financial Aid Office director Karen Gallagher and associate director Kimberley Slater will present “Get On Your Feet! Financial Wellness After College.” They will highlight strategies and resources that students can access on financial wellness and will discuss New York state’s “Get On Your Feet” loan forgiveness program.

On Feb. 3, “It’s Personal!” will present the tools needed to find reliable health information. Sometimes it’s difficult or embarrassing to talk with someone else. Besides that, we are all unique beings with different health concerns and needs. Senior assistant and instructional services librarian Anita Kuiken will suggest the best options for those whose health and well-being are at stake.

On Feb. 10, Jeannine Gettis, SUNY Cortland’s own yoga instructor and New York state licensed massage therapist, will offer free massages as well as demonstrations on home-made massages.  

“Compassion and Mental Health” is the Feb. 17 interactive presentation to be led by health educator Lauren Herman and senior counselor Andre Williams. They will show how compassion relates to mental health and will explore three ways compassion, along with activities, can help the way or change the way we think about others and ourselves.

On Feb. 24, author, speaker and eating disorder survivor Cheryl Kerrigan will present “Bringing Recovery to Life” at 7 p.m. in the Corey Union Function Room. Kerrigan is author of Telling Ed NO! and Other Practical Tools to Conquer Your Eating Disorder and Find Freedom (Gurze Books). She touches her audience through an honest and moving story of her struggle and recovery from a 25-plus year battle with anorexia. Through her story, Kerrigan provides the audience with important information on the inter-workings of the mind of an eating disorder (Ed), shares vital aspects of her recovery, provides successful and practical recovery tools and helps show you what life in recovery looks like. Cheryl’s inspiring story “Brings Recovery To Life.” Cheryl’s presentation and style is honest, engaging, compelling, humorous and very informative.

Wellness Wednesday Series events in March and April will be posted in a February issue of The Bulletin.

A poster list all the Spring 2016 events can be found at Wellness Wednesday Series - Spring 2016 and on the Campus Life page of myRedDragon.

 For more information or accommodation to attend an event, contact Lauren Herman, the College’s health educator, in Van Hoesen Hall, Room B-1 or at 607-753-2066.