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Sunday, May 31, 2020

Health

Students get tools to help them rock their bodies


“Dogs Don’t Eat Eggrolls,” a routine that showed the progress of how one individual unravels from the rest of the group Maritza Rodriguez/ The Daily Cougar

“Dogs Don’t Eat Eggrolls,” a routine that showed the progress of how one individual unravels from the rest of the group Maritza Rodriguez/ The Daily Cougar

From dancing to yoga, students learned there are different ways to exercise without lifting weights. Students gathered Wednesday at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center to learn how to live a healthy lifestyle.

The Counseling and Psychological Services held Rock Your Body Day where volunteers answered questions from students who want to live a healthier lifestyle.

“The purpose of ‘Rock Your Body Day’ is to promote greater body awareness, acceptance and improve students’ overall health,” saidKay Brumbaugh, the CAPS outreach coordinator and predoctoral intern Beatriz Craven.

As students walked around the lobby and visited booths, they learned that living a healthy lifestyle involves getting a nutritious meal.

Paul Alfonso, Smoothie King manager, says having a nutritional smoothie can be an alternative for fried food.

“We offer a meal in a cup,” Alfonso said. “We fill the need for various functions that students need before or after a workout.”

The School of Theater and Dance had an ensemble perform “Dogs Don’t Eat Eggrolls,” a routine that shows the progress of how one individual unravels from the rest of the group.

The ensemble’s choreographer, Jhon R. Stronks, said dancing is where you are acquiring knowledge but applying it to your body. The important part is about stopping yourself from doing something, not someone else doing it for you.

“If you are afraid of failing, then you’re just going to have to get over that. Until you actually fail, you don’t know if you will succeed,” Stronks said.

Students also learned that the Recreation Center provides activities on and off campus.

Caleb Whales, assistant director of Outdoor Adventure, showed students the different options they have to get involved.

“Be willing to try something new, believe that you can be successful with it,” Whales said.

Students coming in for their workouts were fascinated with the posters and booths set up on how to be fit. Psychology sophomore Anusha David said she was glad the event happened at the Recreation Center. It gives more awareness and motivation to the students who are coming in for their daily workout.

“It’s great that the event is giving out a message that it’s not all about working out, but it’s also about eating healthy,” David said.

CAPS and the Recreation Center volunteers are hoping their message has encouraged each student to have a healthy mindset and body. Brumbaugh and Craven hope the event has a lasting impact on each student.

“Once our community starts to learn about body image and eating concerns, the stigma attached should start to diminish,” Brumbaugh and Craven said.

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