College of Saint Elizabeth (CSE) Wellness Week, April 9 to 14, 2012, began with good, nutritional advice from Dr. Mark Liponis and ended with an invigorating run/walk about the campus. In between, there was a variety of activities aimed at getting students, faculty, staff, and neighbors into a healthy lifestyle.
Dr. Liponis, the medical director of Canyon Ranch Health Resorts, launched CSE Wellness Week with an open-to-the-public lecture in the flex classrooms in Annunciation Center, speaking about ultra longevity, ways to live a long life without illness, disability, or loss of function, to a standing room only crowd. He followed that appearance with a second the next day to the CSE student body as part of the annual CSE Study Day.
The author of UltraLongevity: the Seven-Step Program for a Younger, Healthier You, and UltraPrevention: The Six-Week Plan That Will Make You Healthy for Life, gave simple, easy-to-follow advice. Eat foods with color, such as broccoli, kale, and peppers. Get plenty of sleep. “No all nighters!,” he admonished the students. Eat a high fiber diet, and finally, get plenty of aerobic exercise.
During this CSE Wellness Week, students, faculty, and staff kept nutrition journals, attended yoga classes, played nutrition-related games, and took a power walk. They had their body fat analyzed and learned to manage their stress.
CSE Wellness Week ended on a beautiful Saturday morning when 59 runners/walkers came to campus for the first CSE Wellness Week 5K Race/Walk on Saturday, April 14, 2012. Two of CSE’s own placed first and second: Foods and nutrition major Brittany Hinton, ’12, and music major Shannon Tipton, ’13. Whether they placed or not, all the participants left that day feeling good.