CSULB welcomes students back with health and wellness fair

After a week of reckless spring break shenanigans, students may want to look to the College of Health and Human Services and the Wellness Week event to get back into living a healthy lifestyle.

The second annual Wellness Week is designed to to help students, faculty and staff connect with the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) and other health organizations outside of Cal State Long Beach, according to Karen Palmer, secretary for the CHHS Student Council and Wellness Week coordinator.

The theme of this year’s Wellness Week is “Fit for Life: Healthy Lifestyles Through Nutrition and Fitness.” The four-day event begins today and will continue through Thursday, Palmer said. Information tables will held Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Friendship Walk and Maxson Plaza.

Palmer said students should come to Wellness Week to gain awareness on healthy lifestyles.

“Students can come out and learn how to take care of their bodies,” Palmer said.

Throughout Wellness Week, attendees will also be able to take tours of the CHHS’s different departments, clinics and centers, Palmer said.

The signature event of the week is the “Healthy Organizations, Healthy Communities” Lauda Lecture, which is named after a previous dean of the CHHS, Palmer said. The lecture will take place at The Point in the Walter Pyramid from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Three health care industry experts will speak about health and wellness topics during the lecture. Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask experts questions about health care and about what their organizations are doing for the community, according to health care administration assistant professor Brenda Freshman.

“It is rare to be able to hear three high-level executives in one room,” Freshman said. “Students interested in leadership, wellness and anyone interested in their own health will benefit from the lecture.”

The panelists include President of Molina Healthcare of California Richard Chambers, Chief Executive Officer of Long Beach Memorial Medical Center Diana Hendel, and President and CEO of SCAN Health Plan Chris Wing.

Freshman said the lecture will be a great opportunity for students to network and exchange information with other students and organizations.

“It’s a great opportunity to meet community members for internships and jobs,” Freshman said.

Although the lecture is free, students need to RSVP for the event on the CHHS website.

Archery demonstrations will also be offered on Tuesday from 1 to 2 p.m. at the CSULB Archery Fieldhouse and on Friday from noon to 1 p.m. The demonstrations will be offered by professor Mel Leach, who also teaches archery classes with Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at CSULB, a program that offers courses of interest for people 50 years of age or older, according to Palmer.

To conclude the week, the LifeFit Center, located in Health and Human Services building 2, will have an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, according to Palmer.

“The LifeFit Center offers health and fitness programs for the 50 or older community,” Palmer said.

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