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Cedar Crest College Presents 7th Annual Conference on Health and Wellness on Tuesday

The Health Connection at Cedar Crest College will host its 7th Annual Conference on Health and Wellness on Tuesday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The theme of this year’s conference—most of which will be held in Tompkins College Center—is “Rediscovering the Past, Exploring the Future.”

The conference, which is open to the campus community, takes a holistic view of health and wellness by including activities and presentations that explore and promote the health of mind, body and spirit, as well as societal implications on wellness. Attendees have the opportunity to learn about the science of health through student and faculty scientific research presentations and workshops, posters, blood pressure and body fat screenings, information tables, and more.

A few of the dozens of thought-provoking research presentations and workshops include “Worthy of Happiness: An Exploration of Self-Esteem;” “Evaluating Health Information on the Internet;” and “Turn Your Life Around,” which highlights 10 ways to a healthier lifestyle not related to dieting or working out in the gym; and more. In addition, campus clubs will be hosting interesting hands (and feet)-on activities for the duration of the conference, including the Society of Asian Animation hosting a Dance Dance Revolution video game party to show that some video games can be healthy; the Art Society providing coloring books and crayons to illustrate how coloring can be a great way to relieve stress; and faith organizations on campus showing how various elements of their spirituality can lead to improved wellness (For the schedule of events, click here).

Other highlights of the Conference on Health and Wellness include:

  • Dr. Tirun Gopal, a doctor of obstetrics and gynecology from Saint Luke’s Physician Group in Allentown, will give the keynote address, titled “Improving Relationships Through Yoga and Meditation,” at noon in the Tompkins College Center 1867 Room. The address will be immediately preceded by a welcome from Cedar Crest College President Carmen Twillie Ambar.
  • Martine Scannavino, chair of the nutrition department, and Cedar Crest nutrition students will hold a “Spa Cuisine” cooking class from 1-2 p.m. in the Miller Building Nutrition Food Lab, illustrating how to make tasty, healthy meals with locally grown products.
  • Arboretum Curator Kelly Austin will provide a guided tour through the campus’ arboretum from 2-3 p.m., which will surely bring the relaxation of spring into full focus.
About The Health Connection

The Health Connection at Cedar Crest College is a multi-pronged program dedicated to promoting the health of mind, body and spirit through education, experience and research. The goal of the program is to implement and evaluate interventions that are intended to transform our campus into a healthy community that will, in time, inspire other colleges and universities to reach for similar goals. In 2006, The Health Connection was selected as the Gold Award winner in the category of Student Health, Wellness and Counseling by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA).