Massages, the Gazebo, and Wellness Week?
Andrews University seemed to be a buzz of movement as students and faculty flowed throughout the campus from activity to activity, treasuring the rest and peace that only Sabbath can bring. However, this particular Sabbath was unique in that it shared the day with another special event.
October 22, 2016, marked the first day of the 2016 Andrews University Wellness Week. According to the Andrews University Health & Wellness webpage, Wellness Week is a special block of time dedicated to, “asking every student and employee of Andrews University to consider living life to the fullest by making positive lifestyle changes and a commitment to improve health and wellbeing.”
This goal is being facilitated by a Wellness Team and Wellness Ambassadors who have turned just another week in October into a week dedicated “to making Andrews University the healthiest in the world,” according to University Health & Wellness’ mission statement.
The Team and Ambassadors are comprised of faculty and students who are dedicated to creating a campus that promotes the welfare of its students. The week that has been conceived will be filled with activities to get fit and stay healthy, such as total body fitness classes, offered in the Lamson Health Club, mental and emotional wellness testing and consultations, and a grand reopening of the Gazebo, which will take place on Thursday, Oct. 27.
The University’s efforts to create a campus environment with a heightened sense of awareness for students’ physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being has not gone unnoticed.
Cameron Phillpotts (sophomore, biochemistry, pre-med) said, “A week like this is a really great idea. I think promoting health and healthy activities in youth is a great idea, because nowadays, everyone is so connected via Internet, so a week dedicated to health breaks out of that.”
Even students who had never heard of Wellness Week before are receiving exposure to the concept, and many are on board with the idea.
Taylor Scalzo (freshman, design) stated that, “After looking into Wellness Week, it seems like a really good idea, and I think that it would be really fun to get involved in. I love physical activity, so it would be really cool to get involved in this project.”
Wellness Week will last from Oct. 22 to Oct. 29, and will provide many opportunities for students to better themselves in all aspects of their health. From lunch walks to massage chair appointments and to a Zumba Fitness Party, the message from the Wellness Team remains the same: “Become FULLY ALIVE,” and that is a message that will be clearly seen across the Andrews University Campus throughout the remainder of the week.
For further information regarding times and locations of Wellness Week events, refer to the University Health & Wellness: Wellness Week webpage at www.andrews.edu/wellness