Campus News

Wellness Focuses on Nutrition and Exercise

February 21, 2014
James Helmsworth

Beginning Monday, February 24, the Office of Wellness will host Feed It–Move It, a weeklong series of events designed to inform on-campus community members about how their eating habits affect their overall health and well being. Programs during the week such activities as dancing, yoga, and climbing and talks and discussions about the politics of food, the role food plays in our moods, and how it affects our overall health and well being.

The programming was put together in large part by fourth-year Colin Doyle, the wellness office’s fitness peer health advocate, and second-year Gabriela Goldsmith, the nutrition peer health advocate. “There are a vast number of positive effects that eating right and staying fit can have on your body and on your life,” says Doyle. "We hope that the opportunities this week has to offer can help everyone find a way to eat right and stay fit at Oberlin."

"Oberlin College has resources for staff and students in terms of accessible fitness resources and healthy foods,” says Lori Morgan Flood, associate dean and director of wellness. “We want the campus community to celebrate our shared vision of improving health. Wellness is a process, not an outcome.”

The week’s events are:

Improving Food & Fitness Habits through Better Planning
Monday, Feb 24, 12:15-1:30 p.m., Wilder 112 (light lunch provided)
Open to staff and students. Limit: 25 RSVP requested by February 21 to oswell@oberlin.edu.

Meals, Mood & Mindfulness: How Deepening Your Awareness Can Help Manage Eating, Stress & Mood
Tuesday, Feb 25, 5:00-5:45 pm, Wilder 112
Open to students and staff.

Food For Your Well-Being
Tuesday, February 25, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Stevenson Dining Hall
An opportunity to learn about the many campus dining initiatives designed to help you make smart and healthy dining choices that are right for you.

Film Screening: *Food Matters*
Tuesday, Feb 25th, 7 p.m., Dye Lecture Hall
The 2008 documentary film purports that a selective diet can play a key role in treating a range of health conditions such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease and depression, often substituting for medical treatment.

Afternoon at the Climbing Wall
Tuesday, Feb 25, 7-9 p.m., Oberlin Climbing Wall (Phillips)
Don't worry about bringing gear, we have it all here, and one of our student instructors will give you a belay!

Food For Your Well-Being
Tuesday, February 25 5:30-6:30 p.m., Stevenson Dining Hall
An opportunity to learn about the many campus dining initiatives designed to help you make smart and healthy dining choices that are right for you.

Yoga Class
Wednesday, Feb 26, 6-7 p.m., Asia House basement (multi-purpose room)
Don’t forget to bring your yoga mat or a towel! Try it out, it’s free.

Blues / Swing Dancing
Friday, Feb 28
Swing Dance 9pm-12am in Hales (FREE)
Late Night Blues 12am-1:45am in the Cat (FREE)

Saturday, March 1
Big Swing Dance 9pm-12am in Hales ($10)
Late Night Blues 12am-1:45am in the Cat (FREE)
These dances are offered as part of Oberlin’s 2014 Jazz Dance Festival. No experience necessary! This is a great opportunity to meet new people while getting great exercise! For the full schedule of lessons and dances, go to http://oswing.org/ojdf/

Special Meal at Third World Co-op
Date: March 1, 6:20 pm, Third World Co-op
A special meal that will include foods of all ethnic backgrounds cooked in a healthy way.

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