March 25 was the kick-start of Millersville’s Wellness Week, a week dedicated to promoting healthy lifestyle choices through a handful of different events for students to attend. Each day focused on a specific type of wellness, and the events of the day represented the type of wellness.
According to Millersville University student Kelsey Sevenski of the Women’s and Wellness Center, there were a number of students who participated and there was a great turnout. “It was packed and consistent!” she stated. “I think it’s safe to say that students had good things to say about the events!”
There were many events students could take part in during Wellness Week. There were daily events, such as the Fitness Center Triathlon and the Nutrition Table. However, each day had its own special events focused on whatever type of wellness was being promoted.
Day one focused on environmental wellness. Some events included Learn How to Play/Open Play Walleyball, Campus Canvas, a presentation of “Dirt! The Movie,” and a Lancaster Conservancy Information Table. Days two and three were all about physical and emotional wellness and included a DUI crash simulator, an open climb, and a presentation of the documentary “Sustainable Table, What’s on Your Plate?”
Day three events had a great turnout by students. Some events included a Mindfulness Stress Reduction group presentation, a Rape Aggression Defense information table, and Glow in the Dark Zumba, which was very popular. “There was a turnout of about seventy-five students,” Sevenski said.
Day four focused on social and intellectual wellness and consisted of events that brought students together to socialize and have fun. Some of the events included a Resume Doctor, Build your Own Healthy Soup and Healthy Eating Trivia, Board Game Night, and a Pinterest Party, which consisted of students getting together to make picture frames, bracelets, and other crafts.
Day five centered on spiritual wellness, and the biggest event was a “Dramatic Scripture Presentation” by Piercing Ward.
March 30 marked the end of Wellness Week, closing with Campus Cleanup.
For each event attended, students were able to earn one Wellness Week Buck, which could be redeemed on April 1. One Wellness Week Buck was able to enter you into a drawing for a 32GB iPod touch, six earned you a Wellness Week plastic drink tumbler, and if you earned twelve, you could get a Wellness Week t-shirt.
Wellness Week was an all-around successful event. Many students took part in it, giving events a great turnout. Students were encouraged to have fun at the events attended and were taught about the true importance of a healthy lifestyle.
“We tried to make sure students heard about the events so they could get out here and have fun,” Sevenski explained, “I think many heard about the events because of the great turnout we had.”
Wellness Week events were sponsored by Peer Health Educators, the Fitness Center, Campus Recreation, Millersville Police Department, Center for Counseling and Human Development, University Dining, Experiemental Learning and Career Management, Millersville Sports Officials Association, Campus Ministries partnered with Millersville Churches, and Millersville University Housing and Residential Programs.
If you want to get involved with wellness activities or if you have any kind of questions or concerns, contact the Wellness Center at 872-3841, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the Women’s and Wellness Center located at the Montour House.