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Wellness Week

Published: April 3, 2017

CSULB’s College of Health and Human Services’ (CHHS) Wellness Week will be held on campus, Monday-Wednesday, April 10-12, with the theme of “Exercise is Medicine (EIM).”

The Exercise is Medicine Initiative was started in conjunction by the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Medical Association advocating for physical activity to be considered a “vital sign” for individuals.

“What that means is that every time a patient goes to a physician, they are being asked, ‘Are you physically active? How often are you exercising?’” said Ayla Donlin, the director of the LifeFit Center @ The Beach on campus. “If they are not meeting the minimum guidelines for exercise, then the physician is writing a prescription for that. Exercise is then carried out either under the supervision of clinical staff or by a fitness professional. The idea is bridging the gap between the health profession and the fitness profession.”

The immediate mission of Wellness Week 2017 is to promote the Exercise is Medicine Initiative, and general overall wellness, by engaging CSULB students, employees, alumni and the Long Beach community in wellness education and activities. The week’s activities will introduce a holistic approach to wellness, with emphasis on the physical, spiritual, emotional and social aspects of well-being.

“We hope that the week of activities will serve as a catalyst for positive lifestyle changes and inspiration for members of the CSULB campus and greater Long Beach community to pursue a lifelong commitment to wellness,” said Donlin.

The three-day event will have a packed schedule of activities, ranging from yoga to workout sessions to the Lauda Lecture, which will include a panel discussion comprised of health and wellness experts and campus leaders.

Wellness Week 2017 events include:

“Movement Monday” / Monday, April 10

12:15 p.m. – Kick-Off and Great Beach Walk-On / Friendship Walk, located at the base of the University Student Union (USU) stairs to upper campus
President Jane Close Conoley will give a welcome address to kick-off Wellness Week, followed by remarks from CHHS Dean Monica Lounsbery. The welcome will be followed by a one-mile fun walk around campus where participants can run, jog or walk the route with refreshments and snacks provided along the way.

CHHS Inter-professional Activities on Aging | Students Only
Join HHS departments in inter-professional activities designed to highlight issues related to aging and exercise, aging in place and aging within the Long Beach community. For activity descriptions, times and locations, click here.

5 p.m. – Lauda Lecture / The Pointe @ The Pyramid
The Lauda Lecture, named after former CHHS Dean Donald P. Lauda, will begin with a social event from 5-5:30 p.m., followed by an EIM panel discussion from 5:30-7 p.m. The conversation will focus on how individuals can connect campus and community partners to make Long Beach even healthier. Learn how the Exercise is Medicine Initiative is being implemented globally—and locally.

Scheduled to be part of the panel are:
• Dr. Robert Sallis, Chair, EIM Advisory Board, American College of Sports Medicine
• Monica Lounsbery, CHHS Dean, CSULB
• Devon Stone, CSULB undergraduate student in kinesiology

Dr. Robert Sallis will be part of Wellness Week during a panel discussion.
Dr. Robert Sallis will be part of Wellness Week during a April 12 panel discussion.

7th Annual “Live Your Life Day” / Tuesday, April 11
11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. – Project OCEAN Live Your Life Day / Speakers Platform
This year’s theme is “Live Your Life: Wherever You Are”. The event will provide emotional support animals to cuddle with, hammocks to rest in, free massages, a photo booth, a DJ, live musical performances, dance and cultural pieces performed by student groups, fun games and a free lunch. More than 40 organizations will be on hand to provide helpful resources both on campus and within the community. Life Your Life Day is hosted by Project OCEAN and dedicated to promoting mental health and overall wellness for all college students and members of the community. Visit the Project OCEAN website for more details.

“Wellness” Wednesday / Wednesday, April 12
11 a.m.-2 p.m. – Wellness Fair / Friendship Walk, located at the base of the USU stairs to upper campus
Activities will include a relaxing mind-body workshop, a fueling your exercise nutrition booth, informative wellness activities and screenings led by various campus and student organizations, and more.

12:15-12:45 p.m. – Mind-Body Workshop, located on the HHS1 West Lawn on lower campus, which will have yoga and meditation

11 a.m.-2 p.m. – Fueling Your Exercise Nutrition Booth, located on Friendship Walk with giveaways and education

11 a.m. -2 p.m. – Free HIV Testing, with a mobile testing center next to the HHS1 West Lawn on lower campus

11 a.m.-2 p.m. – Project Chill, where individuals can relax in a hammock on the North Lawn and enjoy a popsicle

For a campus map, click here.

For additional information on Wellness Week, click here or contact Donlin by email or at 562-985-2005.