Wellness Week educates students about being fit
CU's Counseling Center focused Wellness
Week on balance. This first week in October
incorporated guest speakers with activities
to encourage students to feel balanced during a hectic
month of midterms, Homecoming and pledging.
The Counseling Center developed Wellness Week
four years ago to help students pursue life through
spiritual, emotional and physical wellness. This
year's theme, "Balance in a World of Extremes," was
chosen to educate students about extreme issues like
depression, anxiety, alcohol abuse and eating disorders.
Steve Rowlands, licensed marriage and family
therapist in Counseling and Health Services, said
Wellness Week provides students with additional
information on how to deal with life.
"Life is a constant juggle, even when you make
good choices," Rowlands said.
Various guest speakers were chosen by the
Counseling Center to speak in Chapel during the
week. Each speaker focused on a specific topic.
Tuesday, Dr. Cheryl Bacon, chair of the Department
of Journalism and Mass Communication, spoke
about relationship. And Thursday, Randy Harris, instructor
of Bible, spoke on being "Spiritually Disciplined."
Besides guest speakers, Wellness Week included
special activities in which students could participate.
The Campus Activities Team sponsored a dunk tank,
an inflated mountain, a human sphere and a challenge
course outside Moody Coliseum Friday.
The Family and Consumer Science Department
added to the week's activities with a display in the
Campus Center on nutrition. The display, which had
information about eating habits and disorders, coor
dinated with Wednesday's theme of being
"Physically Steady." Along with the table display
was a "Scale of Fortune," which was created to help
students with self-esteem problems with weight. The
scale gave papers of encouragement instead of actual
Margaret Davis, therapist in Counseling and
Health Services, said it is appropriate to incorporate
balance into an eating regimen.
"We want students to think of themselves as a
whole person, not an image," Davis said. "We also
want to educate students on having healthy bodies."
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