A Week Spent Knowing, Learning, and Sharing Good Health

Student Life and Retention held WAU Health and Wellness Week in the Wilkinson Hall Lobby from November 15-18. TheIMG_5020_edited four-day event gave students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to become aware of their health through various tests, information videos, and discussions with event staff.

Participants used Health Risk appraisal questionnaires to asses their fitness. They also checked their body fat percentage. Those who were willing to move around took the “sit and reach test” to check lower back and hip flexibility as well as the “step test” to check their cardio-respiratory fitness. To spread awareness of HIV infections, the video,” It Won’t Happen to me” portrayed the story of a woman who contracted AIDS.

Students from the Christ–Centered Wellness Class set up a table and chatted with participants about spiritual as well as physical well-being.

Dr. Alban Baccus, professor in the Health, Wellness, and P.E. Department, as well as instructor for Christ-Centered Wellness, Health Fitness Assessment, and  Exercise Physiology, shared why his students were there,” When we look at wellness holistically, wellness of the soul is paramount. For Christians, this empowerment is through Christ. We use principles of wellness of the soul to inspire people to be motivated to maintain wellness of the body.”

Dr. Baccus is hopeful that the event, one that has been held annually for the last 6 years, will become a permanent fixture in the WAU calendar, “Health and Wellness Week can become a major stimulus for the WAU community and I encourage Student Life to keep it going.”

The event culminated on November 18, with the Red Cross holding a blood drive.