Wellness Week reminds students that "Every Body Matters"

Posted September 25, 2012

ACU's annual Wellness Week, taking place Oct. 1-5, brings special events and speakers to campus, promoting wellness of the mind, body and spirit. This year's theme is "Every Body Matters," emphasizing the connection between physical, emotional and spiritual wellness.

“We are proud to say that this year's Wellness Week is going to connect our campus with many local Abilene businesses and groups that are committed to health and wellness, as well as raise awareness of our own resources for holistic health at ACU,” says Shannon Kaczmarek, assistant director for Residence Life Education & Housing and co-planner of Wellness Week.

Events will include a chapel forum, a health food market, a Lunsford Trail walk event and two informational sessions. See below for more on these events.

Introductory Chapel Forum: Monday, Oct. 1, 7-8 p.m. in Moody Coliseum

John Delony, assistant dean for Residence Life Education & Housing; Samuel Cook, associate professor in the Department of Music; and alumnus Marshal Thompson will host a Chapel Forum to start off the week. Delony will explain the week's purpose and theme. Cook will share his journey of losing more than 80 pounds and explore the benefits he has gained from a healthy lifestyle. Thompson, a nutritionist and natural health consultant in Abilene, will talk about how food habits affect both our bodies and brains. Students will earn two chapel credits for attending.

Health Food Market: Monday, Oct. 1, 8 p.m. in Moody Coliseum

Following the chapel forum, a health food market will highlight healthy and local foods, showing students that local eating can be easy, practical and delicious. Vendors will include Natural Grocers, an Abilene supermarket; Bonterra Blu, a restaurant using local ingredients from farms in Abilene; the Istres, a family committed to self-sustained living; ACU Dining Services; and the Locavores.

Wellness Walk: Tuesday, Oct. 2, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the Lunsford Foundation Trail

A Wellness Walk event will take place around the Lunsford Foundation Trail, beginning in front of the Welcome Center and ending at Jacob's Dream. Students will earn one chapel credit for participating. More than 20 booths will be set up around the trail to educate on a variety of topics, including nutrition, exercise, spiritual life, stress and relaxation, safety and connecting with community.

The booths will provide services from several student groups and organizations from ACU or the Abilene area. The ACU Counseling Center will do screenings for depression and anxiety and provide information on stress management. The ACU Medical Clinic will administer flu vaccinations, the speech pathology department will give hearing assessments and Residence Life will talk about community. The Recreation Center will do yoga demonstrations, Jen Rogers will talk about spiritual health, Mark Jackson will explain how to get involved in campus activities and massages will be given by the Pura Vida Salon and Spa. Abilene’s Natural Grocers, the Bike Club, the Student Dietetic Association, ACU Judicial Affairs, ACU Intramural Sports, the Outdoor Club and the Abilene Runner’s Club will also be present.

Dating Forum: Tuesday, Oct. 2, 9 p.m. in Gardner Hall West lobby

Jenny Butler, resident director of Gardner Hall, will host a forum on dating perspectives. All are welcome to hear various dating perspectives from knowledgeable mentors.

Women's Health Forum: Thursday, Oct. 4, 4:30- 5:45 p.m. in Chapel on the Hill

Michelle Drew, health services family nurse practitioner from the ACU Medical Clinic, will host a talk on women's health. Topics covered will include sexual health, women's health, self esteem, femininity and self defense. Justina Thompson, ACU alumna and women's health expert, will discuss women's attitudes towards their appearance and about alternative medicine.

"This isn't the typical sex ed talk," says Kaczmarek. "This forum will explain how women can approach their sexual health in a life-giving way."

We hope you will join us in celebrating physical, emotional and spiritual wellness through the events of Wellness Week 2012.