"Happiness,"Climbing the Mountain," and "Earth Songs" - all are lectures the public can embrace this week as part of Le Moyne College's second annual Wellness Week. The health fair replaces the original "Stress-Free Zone" that was designed in the past for students entering finals in December, but according to college counselor Maria Randazzo, the school wanted to broaden its scope to include the whole college community.
"Le Moyne College is committed to educating the whole person and wants to see our students exposed to new and healthier opportunities to improve their physical, emotional and spiritual health in addition to learning ways of managing everyday stress," said Randazzo, who works in the Center for Personal Growth and Counseling Department. "We like to open our evening programs to the public as a way of offering education to the community, as well as fulfilling Le Moyne's foundational value of Cura Personalis, the care and concern of the individual."
Wellness Week is generally comprised of lectures, mini-courses and experiential presentations. Last year's events centered around self-esteem, Ignatian spirituality, mind-body exercise, relationships, motivation in the New Year and healthy eating, Randazzo said.
"Inasmuch as last year was our first Wellness Week, we were very happy with the attendance," she added. "This year, we are reaching out and promoting our events to many more community organizations involved in the work of the mind, body and spirit."
Wellness Week events
Visitors are welcome to join a panel of students, faculty and staff while they address the question, "What are some of the keys to creating a happy and meaningful life?"
The discussion, called "Happiness: What's Service Got to do With it?" will take place at 7 p.m. Monday Jan. 25 in Grewen Auditorium at Grewen Hall. The panel will share stories on service projects they've undertaken, and how these experiences affected them in deep, personal ways.