Week of Wellness will cure what ails you

By Matthew Thomson - Staff Reporter



The five pillars of psychological, physical and economic health will be showcased during Highline's Week of Wellness, May 7-10. 

The Week of Wellness is a four-day series of events running the gamut from yoga to low-cost stress relief and how to stick to an exercise routine. The week will end with the Artsy ParTea! 

The goal of the Week of Wellness is to decrease stress levels, improve health and decrease student debt, said coordinator Vince Sanchez. 

On May 7 at 12:30 p.m. the Week of Wellness kick offs in Building 2 with speaker Darin Smith discussing psychological strategies to boost motivation by focusing on exercise routines.

Smith will talk about ways to integrate exercise into your daily life, according to the event webpage.

 A beginners' yoga seminar will be led by professor Amy Rider, on May 8 at 1 p.m. in Building 2. With the principles of mindfulness at hand, Rider will take attendees on a journey of relaxation by teaching the core principles of yoga in everyday usage. 

Participants will enjoy a light workout.

Tom Humphreys and Nicole Hoyes Wilson will present easy low-cost ways to reduce stress, on May 9 at noon in the Student Union, Mt. Skokomish meeting room. This will be a tips and tricks session with two experts from the Counseling Center.

An Artsy ParTea! hosted by Gloria Koepping and Thressa Alston, takes place on May 10 at 11 a.m. in the Student Union in Mt. Constance. This event is a "tea party with adult coloring books," Sanchez said. 

The intent of the Artsy ParTea! is as a to be introspective and creative, according to the Week of Wellness webpage.      

Some of the difficulties of coordinating this event was figuring out the optimum time to offer particular sessions. 

Emphasis was placed on balancing when the most students will be on campus and when the students are going to be able to attend while also considering students' work lives, Sanchez said.

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