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Students climb a rock wall at Chalon as part of a day of physical activities during the Mount Wellness movement launch.

Mount Wellness: Join the movement

The Mount Wellness movement is a go.

Hundreds of students joined in the official kick-off events held at Mount Saint Mary’s Chalon and Doheny campuses on Feb. 9 and Feb. 15. The launches featured health and wellness activities, delicious food, plenty of entertainment — and daylong slates of physical challenges such as rock climbing, yoga, hiking, sports and self-defense seminars.

Students had the chance to access resources and activities available from the Mount’s departments of health services, sports and wellness, women’s leadership, and counseling and psychological services. Coaches from the University’s soccer, volleyball and basketball teams participated as well. And sponsors such as Whole Foods, YogaWorks, SmartyPants Vitamins, Honest Tea, SoulCycle, and AMP Radio offered demonstrations, giveaways, and healthy food and drinks.

Mount Wellness is much more than a two-day event, though. This movement is a long-term, holistic campaign designed to help members of the Mount community achieve their wellness goals, so that they can be leaders and wellness advocates in their jobs, their homes and their communities.

“Leadership means accepting new and exciting opportunities and rising up to tough challenges,” says President Ann McElaney-Johnson. “That takes resilience. And to be resilient, you need to be healthy. That’s why we at Mount Saint Mary’s are focusing on health and wellness.”

This comprehensive initiative is based on a needs assessment that involved more than 1,000 students, faculty and staff members. The survey results highlighted four areas of focus that now form the tenets of the Mount Wellness movement: Eat Green, De-Stress, Sleep Well and Move More.

“Wellness is a journey, not a race,” says Chief Wellness Officer Bryant Adibe. “And the goal of this movement is to support members of our community on their wellness journey toward whatever goals are meaningful for them; not toward an image or appearance that has been idealized or glamorized in media or social media. Our goal is to be inclusive and empowering.”

Members of the Mount community are encouraged to sign up and join the Mount Wellness movement at msmu.edu/wellness. The site also contains health resources, wellness news, and special programs, clubs and activities available on campus.

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