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ACU to focus on spiritual, physical, emotional wellness

October 3, 2005

Abilene Christian University's annual Wellness Week will be held Oct. 4-6, offering opportunities for students to focus on overall health and wellness. 

The week will include activities, guest lectures and exhibits focused on spiritual, emotional and physical health. Unstressed Day, featuring a dunk tank, rock wall, obstacle course and other stress relieving games and activities, will conclude the week Friday.  Flu vaccinations will be offered to students, faculty and staff on Friday from 11:30-1:30 p.m. for $15 in the Living Room of the Campus Center. 

"“We want Wellness Week to empower students, faculty and staff to make healthy decisions in all aspects of their lives," said Helen Marshall, counselor and outreach coordinator for the ACU Counseling Center.  "Wellness takes many forms in spiritual, emotional and physical capacities, and we hope Wellness Week can assist in educating the ACU community to nurture each part of their health."

Wellness Week Schedule  

Tues., Oct. 4
Spiritual Health
"A Hunger and Thirst for Spiritual Wellness"
Terry Brown, instructor of Bible, will be speaking in Chapel, followed by activities in the McGlothlin Campus Center Living Room and mall area, including Prayer Path Activities and booths sponsored by the World Wide Mission Group, the Department of Exercise Science and the Service Activities and Leadership Team’s "Act of Kindness" booth.

Wed., Oct. 5
Emotional Health
"Discovering Wholeness, Hope and Peace"
A brown bag luncheon featuring Mark Phillips, assistant professor of management, is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. in the Living Room of the Campus Center.  Information will be available about depression, anxiety, stress and relaxation, and relationships and how they shape the mind and attitude through booths set up in the Campus Center.  Free massages will also be offered. 

Thurs., Oct. 6
Physical Health
"Celebrating a Lifestyle of Wellness"
Facts and information will be available in the Campus Center Living Room about healthy eating habits, nutrition and diabetes, and blood pressure checks will be administered.  The Meek Blood Bank of Abilene will also be on hand for a blood drive. 

Fri. Oct. 7
Unstressed Day
This day will feature a dunking tank, rock wall, bouncing boxing, twister, bungee run, Velcro wall, an obstacle course and other activities in the mall area outside the Campus Center beginning immediately at 11:30 a.m.

For more information about Wellness Week, contact the ACU Counseling Center at 325-674-2626 or visit


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