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Join us for a remote wellness activity. Check out the opportunities below. 

Eating Disorders Awareness Week (February 22-26)

National Eating Disorder Awareness Week is February 22 - 28, 2021.  This year’s theme is Every Body Has a Seat at the Table, which was created by the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA).  Through this theme, NEDA hopes to generate conversations to raise awareness, challenge systemic biases, and share stories from all backgrounds and experiences, especially stories from marginalized communities.  Learn more by attending the programs we have planned for the week: 

All events & programs are funded by the Laura R. Whitaker Fund. More details on the week of events by day are below:

Monday, February 22

The Body Project Session 1 from 5:00-6:30 p.m. via Zoom (pre-registration only, email promotinghealth@psu.edu by noon on Friday, 2/19 to sign up or get more information.)

The Body Project will help you develop new ways of thinking about your body and your appearance.  Learn new strategies that will help you cope in today’s hyper-digital environment.  Staff will lead discussions that are designed to challenge traditional narratives about the female body. Please note this event is by pre-registration only. Email promotinghealth@psu.edu by noon on Friday, 2/19 to sign up or get more information.

Tuesday, February 23

Performance by Kimberly Dark: You Don’t Owe Anyone Pretty, followed by a discussion from 7:00-8:30 p.m. via Zoom

In this powerful storytelling performance, award-winning performer Kimberly Dark shares stories from her new book, Fat, Pretty and Soon to be Old (AK Press, 2019), in order to remind us: “You don’t owe anyone pretty.” In this moving and hilarious show, Kimberly Dark invites her audience to live in the experience of the body, not the appearance of the body.  Join her to explore how the architecture of our social world constrains us and how we might help one another break free. 

Wednesday, February 24
Thursday, February 25

Movement for Finding Your Inner Confidence from 6:00-7:00 p.m. via Zoom 

Join Elisha Halpin, professor of theater, and learn new dance moves that will encourage you to tap into your inner confidence.

Thursday, March 4

Breathwork for Finding Your Inner Confidence from 6:00-7:00 p.m. via Zoom

Join Elisha Halpin, professor of theater, and discover breathwork that will encourage you to bring out your inner confidence.

Resilience Workshop

This workshop is currently full. If interested, please email promotinghealth@psu.edu for additional dates. This will be a fun and fast-paced crash course aimed at helping you increase your wellness, manage stress, and find balance. This student and staff collaboration will host a small group of students for 4 weeks. The meetings will include: meditation, reflection, and journaling.  Our goal is for you to leave this program with research-backed strategies to help you grow towards a healthier and more resilient you. 

Live Cooking Shows

Join our interactive, virtual cooking show to cook with us in real-time. HealthWorks peer educators will lead with step-by-step instructions so you can follow along and learn new cooking skills.  You can choose to watch and observe or cook along with us!

Join in at 7:00 p.m. on the following Mondays for our virtual cooking show

  • Monday 3/1: Turkey Burger with Sweet Potato Fries

  • Monday 3/15: Tilapia with Roasted Broccoli and Brown Rice 

  • Monday 3/29: Vegan Loaded Sweet Potato 

  • Monday 4/12: Chicken Salad and Hot Cauliflower 

  • Monday 4/26: Homemade Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Energy Bites 

You can learn more about what we plan to cook at each session by visiting www.healthypennstate.psu.edu, or viewing our cookbook.  

Weekly Wellness: Strategies to Manage Stress and Enhance Your Well-Being

Join us for a drop-in group which focuses on all things college life, from conflict resolution to navigating COVID-19, to sleep. Join CAPS and HPW staff weekly where you will gain tips and strategies on overall wellness. Drop-in groups are open to all enrolled students and operate on the assumption that attendance is self-initiated. To maintain confidentiality of all attendees, CAPS does not confirm attendance and will not allow screenshots of the group to be taken as a method for doing so.

Tuesdays 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. beginning January 26
Weekly Wellness Zoom Link

Well-being Wednesdays

Join us every Wednesday at 4:00 p.m., virtually during the spring semester. These interactive activities are facilitated by HealthWorks students and begin on January 27. Join Well-being Wednesday virtually through Zoom. Starting February 17th, we will also be on-site in 229 HUB! You can join in-person by following physical distancing and masking guidelines. Max of 10 participants per activity. 

Below are our schedule of activities:

  • March 3 - Design a sleep oasis 
  • March 10 - Create a Mind Map 
  • March 17 - Doodle to Destress 
  • March 24 - Free your Mind  
  • March 31 - Create Happiness 
  • April 7 - Unplug: Digital Detox 
  • April 14 - Experience the relationship between calm and walking 
  • April 21 - Cloud gaze and enjoy a nature meditation 
  • April 28 - Stress relief through Art and music 

Join Well-being Wednesday virtually through Zoom. We look forward to seeing you at one of our activities. 

    Yoga and meditation

    Join yoga and meditation on Zoom every Monday and Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  The class runs from Monday, January 18  to Wednesday, April 28.

    The instructor, Sima Farage, RYT 200, MBA, CHC, CEE, will guide the class through a blend of yoga and meditation during each one hour class. Pre-registration is not required. Simply click the yoga and mediation link and to join. 

    Mindful Making Series

    Health Promotion and Wellness has teamed up with Student Engagement Programs and the Center for Performing Arts to bring you the Mindful Making Series. These activities are available to students on-site every Thursday. Workshops are capped at 10 people, please arrive early to reserve your spot. Here's the schedule:

    • March 4 - Mask Making HUB Art Alley
      • Students will learn about how different cultures use masks to express their identity. 
    • March 11 - Paper Marbling & Gratitude HUB 302
      • Students will be introduced to the art of paper marbling and gratitude journaling practices. 
    • March 18 - Portraits of Nature HUB 302
      • Students will use objects from nature to curate a piece of art.
    • March 25 - Paper Lanterns HUB 302
      • Students will decorate paper lanterns and learn about celebrations of light around the world.

    Stress Management 101 

    Health Promotion and Wellness has created a short self-guided course to help you manage and reduce your stress. This course will help you:

    • develop your understanding of stress and how it impacts your life 
    • identify your stressors  
    • develop coping mechanisms, strategies and tools to manage your stress   

    Get started with stress management today.

    Stress Mini Series

    This program is designed to guide you through understanding stress and how it affects you, identifying what causes you stress and learning how to manage it. We will be meeting every three weeks on Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. for 60-minute interactive sessions via Zoom. Below are the dates and topics:

    • February 16 - Aligning Your Goals and Values
      •  Learn how aligning your goals & personal values can reduce stress and participate in a guided imagery meditation. 
    • March 9 - Mindfulness and Self-care
      • Explore mindfulness and self-care and participate in a breath, sound, body meditation. 
    • March 30 - Affirmations and Action Planning
      • Create an affirmation and action plan to reduce stress and participate in a loving kindness meditation