Winter Wellness helps students be healthier

By Izzy Anderson - Staff Reporter

Learn how to cook up healthy habits for your mind and body this quarter with Winter Wellness.

Winter Wellness is a brand new series of workshops that focus in on teaching everyone how to physically and mentally take care of yourself through interactive sessions.

The workshops will take place all throughout Winter Quarter starting on Jan. 26 and finishing up on March 16. There are eight workshops total.

Winter Wellness is a product of the Cooking Club and the Unified Club coming together to support the unity and communication between those with and without disabilities, all the while promoting healthier lifestyles through these workshops, said Jennifer Sandler, director of Access Services.

"Especially in this time of year… we could all use a little bit of something [that will] bring us up and feeling better for a while," said Mary Howland, achieve support specialist.

Achieve is Highline's comprehensive post-secondary transition program, created to better prepare individuals with intellectual disabilities for higher education and employment.

The decision to put these workshops into motion was inspired by the Special Olympics program, SOFit, Howland said.

SOFit was created to encourage both people with disabilities and able-bodied individuals to be mindful and intentional about their lifestyles, diets, and exercise, in an encouraging and social setting.

Areas of health that SOFit focus in on are nutritional, social, physical, and emotional health.

"The SOFit initiative really is about inclusion… and learning that we're all more alike than we are different," Sandler said.

Future workshops include ones based around yoga, using food as medicine, fitness, stress and relationships, and how to healthily set future goals.

"What we're also trying to do is further Highline's mission of being an open and inclusive college," Sandler said.

The first workshop "Take Stock: Winter soups to warm your soul" begins tomorrow from 2 to 4 p.m. in Building 22, room 104. The Cooking Club is heading it, and will teach students how to cook soups that are healthy, easy to make, and cheap.

"It's remarkable how well we all get along when it comes to food and [fitness]… It's our common denominator," Sandler said.

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