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Summer Wellness Series gives staff healthy advice

June 23, 2015 : By Jenny Kujawski/Liberty University News Service

Continuing its efforts to promote healthy lifestyle choices for the Liberty University community, Liberty is hosting a summer wellness series for faculty and staff, with topics ranging from stress management and healthy eating to developing an exercise routine.

The summer wellness series, hosted by the LaHaye Student Union, is part of the university’s “Live Healthy Liberty” initiative, which was established last year under Campus Recreation to promote a healthy culture among students, faculty, and staff, including physical fitness, emotional/mental wellbeing, and spiritual vitality.

According to a university-wide survey, 96 percent of employees indicated they are interested in participating in wellness or health promotion activities at Liberty.

“Liberty University faculty and staff are an integral and essential component of the campus community,” Jamie Swyers, associate director of the LaHaye Student Union, said. “The Live Healthy Liberty initiative is working to create a healthy campus culture that educates, motivates, and empowers individuals to adopt and maintain healthy lifestyle behaviors.”

The first seminar of the summer series, “The Balancing Act — Fitness For Busy People,” was held May 26-27 at River Ridge Mall and the Jerry Falwell Library. During the presentation, Jaime Swyers, LaHaye Student Union associate director of fitness, and Heather Callahan, fitness coordinator, gave practical tips and applications for keeping fitness a priority amidst a busy schedule.

The next workshop, “We Need To Talk: How Avoiding Conflict Can Shorten Your Life,” was taught on June 17 by Dr. Linda Mintle, chair of the division of behavioral health for Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Employees learned their personal confrontation styles and how to work more effectively with others as well as how addressing conflict benefits mental health.

The third lecture, “Healthy Eating Made Easy,” will be held on July 21-22 at River Ridge Mall and the Jerry Falwell Library. Corrine Ware, a registered nurse dietitian will identify ways to incorporate healthy eating into every day life.

The final workshop, “Fitness Routines 101: Assess and Revamp your Exercise Program,” will be held at multiple locations (hosted within various departments) from Aug 4-6. Zachary Mayhew and Lydia Lee, personal trainers at the LaHaye Student Union will help attendees create a balanced exercise program and discuss how to progress in their current training regimen.

Additionally, employees can participate in group exercise classes throughout the day (several do so on their lunch breaks) this summer and work out at LaHaye Recreation and Fitness Center during expanded early bird hours. Consultations with personal trainers are also being offered to employees during select days throughout the summer.

The LaHaye Student Union is a state-of-the-art recreation facility that includes a variety of weight lifting and cardio equipment, a 4,000-square-foot rock wall climbing area, an aquatics center, indoor soccer center, indoor track, and recreational courts for basketball, volleyball, and racquetball.

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