From food and fitness to vision boards and dance floors, Brock University’s Wellness Week offers students a variety of opportunities to reflect, relax and recharge.
More than two dozen events are planned for Monday, Nov. 14 to Friday, Nov. 18 that will support students in contributing to their overall health and wellness and focus on their social, mental and physical well-being.
“Wellness is always essential, but for students trying to stay on top of schoolwork, it can be challenging to dedicate time to health and wellness,” says Julie Fennell, Health Promotion Educator with the Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre (SWAC), one of several Brock units planning and hosting events. “Wellness Week offers pre-planned activities to make it easier for students to relax, have fun and make connections.”
The annual initiative is organized by the Brock University Students’ Union (BUSU) in collaboration with SWAC, the Faculty of Graduate Studies, the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA), Human Rights and Equity, Brock Recreation, and Learning Services.
BUSU Vice-President of Student Services Yasmine Hejazi says Wellness Week aligns with the student union’s mission to provide the best student experience possible.
“We recognize that mental health resources and support for students play a huge role in this,” she says. “We look forward to once again hosting a lineup of fun and beneficial Wellness Week events.”
BUSU’s Wellness Week website includes wellness resources and activities, student clubs that focus on well-being and a long list of events, such as free hot and grab-and-go breakfasts, trivia and games nights, a paint night, a headphone disco, vision board creation, a workshop on healthy relationships, a human library, a wellness fair and fitness opportunities.
The University’s annual Night Against Procrastination will also take place during Wellness Week, which features tutoring, group and one-on-one consultations, relaxation sessions and free pizza.
In addition to the events listed on BUSU’s Wellness Week website, graduate student-focused events include a therapy dog room, morning yoga, an afternoon refreshment break, a paint night, a movie and pizza night, an information session about health insurance plans, and workshops about the science of mindfulness and finding balance through mindfulness and meditation.