For immediate release
September 29, 2004
The Counseling Center and Medical Clinic at Abilene Christian University will be sponsoring the eighth annual Wellness Week, with the theme "Passion for Life" Oct. 4-8. Wellness Week features booths, presentations and educational activities to promote physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health among the ACU community.
New to Wellness Week this year is the Wildcat Walk, which will be held Friday, Oct. 8 at 11:45 a.m. Participants will begin the walk at the bell tower in the Beauchamp Amphitheatre and are encouraged to bring an old t-shirt which will be exchanged for a new one. All t-shirt donations will be given to Healing Hands International. Friday is also "Unstressed Day," a day full of activities designed to promote the relief of daily stress for students. Activities will include a dunking tank, rock wall, bouncing boxing, twister, bungee run, Velcro wall and an obstacle course.
Wellness Week is planned for the first week in October when new students have had a chance to a settle in and participate in activities, and because students' class loads and stress levels are at a peak during this time, said Helen Marshall, Wellness Week coordinator and university counselor.
Students from the department of exercise science have produced wellness booths that will be on display in the Hilton Room of the Campus Center Tuesday through Thursday focusing on spiritual, physical and emotional health. Students will have the opportunity to participate in activities each day or to vote on their favorite booth and enter a drawing for one of the many prizes such as gift certificates, movie passes, dinner coupons and a DVD player.
"We hope that students, faculty and staff will get information on how to make better decisions about their wellness lifestyle," Marshall said. "The more they learn about health and wellness, the easier it will be to know which changes they may need to make and the best way to implement those changes."
The schedule for Wellness Week is:
Tues., Oct. 5 – 11 a.m. presentation in Moody Coliseum by Phil Ware, Minister, Southern Hills Church of Christ followed by a brown bag luncheon, "Reigniting the Passion" focusing on spiritual intimacy with God, at noon in the Campus Center Living Room.
Wed., Oct. 6 – Free depression and anxiety screenings by the University Counseling Center staff, as well as free massages by the Abilene School of Massage Therapy all day in the Hilton Room of the Campus Center.
Thurs., Oct. 7 – "Healthy Hearts" and "Healthy Nutrition" booths offered by the University Medical Clinic, including information on healthy sleeping habits, and a martial arts demonstration all day in the Hilton Room of the Campus Center.
Fri., Oct. 8 – "Unstressed Day," participants will be involved in a variety of activities to relieve the stress of daily living all day in the mall area outside the Campus Center. The Wildcat Walk will be held at 11:45 a.m.
For more information about Wellness Week, contact the University Counseling Center at 325-674-2626.
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