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Community News

CSULB Observes Wellness Week

From Issue: Volume XXII - Number 7
4/4/2014


By Ivanna Lastra

Wellness Week at CSULB begins next Monday. Marking its third year, the College of Health & Human Services is organizing its annual weeklong event for the community and campus dedicated to health and wellness. The event provides an opportunity for students and faculty to connect with their neighbors here in Long Beach.

The Dean of the College of Health and Human Services developed the idea of Wellness Week in 2012. Dean Millar extends an invitation to all community members who would like to take part in fun fitness improvement activities and engaging lectures. Admission to the week-long event is free.

Sireth Torres, the development coordinator of the department, is expecting an even bigger outcome than previous years.
“Every year it gets bigger and better. The event really highlights our college to the alumni and the community,” Torres said.

The first three days of the event will start off with a 1-2 mile hike throughout the campus. The CSULB health department aims for the public to experience fun, health and wellness through walking. On the third day of the event Dean Millar as well as other department deans and administration will be joining in the Great Beach Walk On.

“This year, we will be supplying pedometers to participants and there will be stations throughout the route with information about the health benefits of walking and other recreational activities,” Torres said.

Following the self-guided walk, there will be the grand opening of the new physical therapy clinic for people ages 50 and up at the LifeFit Center @ The Beach. 

On Thursday, April 10 there will be a gardening workshop, providing an opportunity for hands on planting experience for all.

Wellness Week will end with the 50th anniversary of the CSULB archery program, which promises to be an exciting event celebrating the achievements of the archery program. The success of the program is in large part due to professor and archery coach of students, club and team Mel Leach. There will be a parade of archers, tours of the archery complex and campus and demonstration of Olympic style shooting. There is a registration fee of $10 for this celebration.

Though stress is a part of life, Wellness Week will provide tips on “how to survive the daily grind.” So take this week to reflect on your own well-being and participate to learn about ways to improve health and just be happier.

ivanna@longbeachcomber.com