By Jennifer Morgan '18
The Mount community kicked 2018 into high gear with Wellness Week, a robust and well-rounded series of wellness events and activities. At both Chalon and Doheny, each day focused on a different aspect of the Mount Wellness movement: eat green, move more, de-stress and sleep well.
The week began on Monday, Feb. 5, with an “Eat Green” day. For breakfast, students and faculty enjoyed a build-your-own parfait bar, including ingredients such as berries, granola and nuts. In the evening, the University hosted a first-ever “Mount Chopped” Mystery Cooking Challenge. Participants were given a variety of healthy ingredients, and then concocted their own creative, appetizing and nutritious meals, such as power bowls and delicious crepes.
Tuesday shifted the wellness focus to “Move More,” offering a wide range of fitness-related events. Both campuses hosted outdoor games, including volleyball, badminton and even a rock climbing wall. Throughout the day, fitness instructors offered movement classes like studio cycling, Pilates and even an outdoor Tae Bo session with Billy Banks, the famed Tae Bo creator and now a Mount instructor. The day closed late with a glow-in-the-dark game of “Capture the Flag.
Wellness Week culminated Wednesday with a “De-Stress” and “Sleep More” day. High-energy events were replaced by contemplative and peaceful events such as a bagel breakfast meditation, stress-relief yoga, and a unique creation called Nap-er-cise — a mixture of restorative yoga, stretching and a full-on napping cool-down.
“Nap-er-cise was rejuvenating,” said Stephanie Gomez ’18. “It was exactly what students needed — a midday break. The calming music and gentle stretching made relaxing simple. I would definitely recommend these sessions for students.”
The week of activities wrapped up with a trio of events that began with a late afternoon hula dance workshop led by the Mount’s own student Hawaiian Club, Na Pua O Ka ‘Aina. That was followed by a sunset hike along the fire trail in the mountains above the Mount’s Chalon Campus, capped off with stargazing and s’mores once the moon was out.
For those interested in staying on the move, the Mount’s Sports & Wellness team has created free, monthly group exercise sessions for Mount community members. February’s group exercises available include cycling, Zumba, yoga, Pilates and boot camp workouts.
Wellness Week is an annual initiative of the Mount Wellness movement, a University-wide effort to prepare students to be strong, confident and resilient leaders. The movement is centered on the principles of inclusion, empowerment and personal wellbeing, and is founded on the belief that students who feel well, do well.
Mount community members are encouraged to stay tuned for upcoming wellness events, including a farmer’s market this Thursday and a workshop with Wayne Scott Andersen, MD, wellness scholar in residence at the University.
Follow Mount Saint Mary’s on Twitter and Instagram at @MSMU_LA for news on public wellness events and Mount Wellness updates. Student activities are shared regularly on Instagram (@msmu.sports.wellness) and Snapchat (@msmu.sportswell) via the Mount’s Sports & Wellness team.