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Wellness Education

Student success at university is enhanced by health promotion, wellness education, and disease prevention. The Student Wellness Centre on the Waterloo campus enhances the physical, emotional, and psychological health of students at Laurier by promoting proactive wellness strategies and resources. Educational initiatives led by both peers and professionals are offered year-round and open to all Laurier students.

Peer Wellness Education

The Peer Wellness Education team supports the physical, emotional and psychological health of students at Laurier by promoting proactive wellness strategies and resources.

Under direction of the wellness education coordinator, peer wellness educators research, develop, and deliver a variety of health and wellness initiatives to engage students in learning about healthy living for the enhancement of their academic and personal success.

As part of a dynamic team, volunteers in this program also benefit personally from the development of their knowledge in health and wellness promotion, from building campus and community networks, and by growing their leadership, team and communication skills. Volunteers receive recognition on their Laurier Experience Record.

For the schedule of events, follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

The Wellness Education Coordinator on the Waterloo campus is Nathan Reeve.

Thrive Week

Thrive is a week-long series of free events for students on the Waterloo campus that focuses on building positive mental health and resilience. If you are interested in partnering with us for Thrive Week in January, please contact Nathan Reeve.

Wellness Education Certificate

All students on the Waterloo campus can earn the Wellness Education Certificate by attending ten approved wellness education activities and completing a short reflection on their learning. After you complete ten activities, complete the Wellness Education Certificate Application form. Once approved, the Wellness Education Certificate will be eligible for inclusion on your Laurier Experience Record.

Wellness Workshops

Our skill-building workshops are designed to offer practical tips for increasing resilience, managing stress and developing strategies to cope with the turbulence of life. Join us for Ride the Wave, hour-long sessions about topics in wellness delivered by professional counsellors from the Student Wellness Centre.

Peer Wellness Education

The Peer Wellness Education team supports the physical, emotional and psychological health of students at Laurier by promoting proactive wellness strategies and resources.

Under direction of the wellness education coordinator, peer wellness educators research, develop, and deliver a variety of health and wellness initiatives to engage students in learning about healthy living for the enhancement of their academic and personal success.

As part of a dynamic team, volunteers in this program also benefit personally from the development of their knowledge in health and wellness promotion, from building campus and community networks, and by growing their leadership, team and communication skills. Volunteers receive recognition on their Laurier Experience Record.

For the schedule of events, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

The Wellness Education Coordinator on the Brantford campus is Jodie Lockey-Duesling.

Ride the Wave

In the multi-purpose room in the Students Union Building.

Mindful Eating
Thursday, Feb. 14 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. 
Tuesday, Feb. 26 from 10:30 to11:30 a.m.

Healthy Relationships
Thursday, March 14 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. 
Tuesday, March 26 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. 

Grief
Thursday, April 11 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. 
Tuesday, April 23 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. 

Understanding Trauma
Thursday, May 9 from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. 
Tuesday, May 21 from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Thrive Week

Thrive is a week-long series of free events for students on the Brantford campus that focuses on building positive mental health and resilience. Thrive Week is March 4 to 8, 2019!  Visit the Students Union website for last minute changes to the schedule!

Monday March 4th
9 to 9:30am: CROSSFIT/BURN hiit class (Crossfit durst)
A workout composed of body weight movements + strength training and high-intensity conditioning.

9:30 to 10:30am: YOGA CLASS (Laurier Brantford YMCA Studio A)
12 to 1 pm: MOOD WALKS
ALL Afternoon: ALC’s headspace mindfulness challenge
It can be done from anywhere, just download the app, and track your progress!

4 to 4:30pm: CROSSFIT/BURN hiit class (Crossfit durst)
A workout composed of body weight movements + strength training and high-intensity conditioning.
 
Tuesday March 5th
9 to 9:30am: CROSSFIT/BURN hiit class (Crossfit durst)
A workout composed of body weight movements + strength training and high-intensity conditioning.

9 am to 2 pm: poster boards (Davis fuels walkway, RCW)
10 am: pancake breakfast
Free breakfast & career centre drop in for transfer students.

11:30 am to 1:30 pm: Paint a Piggy bank (Commuter lounge)
Painting and financial wellness tips!

4 to 4:30 pm: CROSSFIT/BURN hiit class (Crossfit durst)
A workout composed of body weight movements + strength training and high-intensity conditioning.

7 to 7:45pm: Tom Wilson guest speaker (SCJ127)
Indigenous & addictions speaker.

8 to 8:45 pm: Zumba class (Laurier Brantford YMCA Studio A)
 

Wednesday March 6th
9 to 9:30am: CROSSFIT/BURN hiit class (Crossfit durst)
A workout composed of body weight movements + strength training and high-intensity conditioning.

11 am to 2 pm: Mental health expo
Muse meditation headband station & Bathtub Bakery discount flyers!

3 to 4 pm: the balancing act (RCW324)
Striking a balance between academics, work, and family can be a difficult thing to do. Join the Wellness Education Team to chat about some strategies to help you juggle your responsibilities and practice self-care so that you can thrive at Laurier.

4 to 4:30 pm: CROSSFIT/BURN hiit class (Crossfit durst)
A workout composed of body weight movements + strength training and high-intensity conditioning.

4 to 5 pm: International women’s day (RCE004)
Award-winning researcher, social worker, and member of the Waterloo Region city council Jen Vasic will share her excitement and simultaneous struggles around navigating the transition from community advocator to community decision-maker. Light refreshments will be provided.

6 to 7 pm: Hot Yoga (Modo yoga)
6 to 11:30 pm: Vaisakhi Mela Celebration (Brantford Convention centre)
Please sign up at Laurier international Facebook page. Vaisakhi Mela celebrates the Punjabi New Year. It will be a dancing celebration. Come and dance to a variety of rhythms.Social with free food – childcare provided for mature/transfer students.

8 pm: Pub night (Devlin’s advocate)
Social with free food – childcare provided for mature/transfer students.

10:30 pm: Mood in living space (Expositor basement)
Several activities designed to foster positive mood within one’s living space.

 
Thursday March 7th
9 to 9:30 am: CROSSFIT/BURN hiit class (Crossfit durst)
A workout composed of body weight movements + strength training and high-intensity conditioning.

12 to 4 pm: Mature learner study space (Mpr)
Collaborate and study with other mature learners and transfer students. From 2-3pm, we will host Sara Neziol from Academic Advising, who will be available to answer questions about spring courses, program/GPA requirements, and adding minors/options to a degree. We will also have Christine Porterfield in the space from 2-3pm to answer questions about transfer credits.

2 to 3 pm: Eat Right, Think bright workshop (CB100)
Do you have balance in your life? How does nutrition play a role in mood, focus, and motivation? Engage in these important discussions in this one-hour workshop in partnership with Wellness Education for Thrive Week. Registration required: https://web.wlu.ca/studentsuccess/portal/

4 to 4:30 pm: CROSSFIT/BURN hiit class (Crossfit durst)
A workout composed of body weight movements + strength training and high-intensity conditioning.

8 to 8:45 pm: Zumba class (Laurier Brantford YMCA Studio A)
 
 
Friday March 8th
8 am to 5 pm: Extramural mens & women’s basketball tournament (Laurier Brantford YMCA Single & Double Gymnasiums)
Come cheer on your Men’s & Women’s Extramural Basketball teams as they take on other OCAA schools in a day full of basketball!

9 to 9:30 am: CROSSFIT/BURN hiit class (Crossfit durst)
A workout composed of body weight movements + strength training and high-intensity conditioning.

12 to 1 pm: learn how to dance forro (Faw-Haw)! (Laurier Brantford YMCA Studio A)
According to Collins dictionary, Forró is a style of popular music and dance that originated in the north-east of Brazil, but which is now popular all over the country. The instruments which feature in forró are the accordion, the bass drum and the triangle, and it is danced with a partner. For a sneak peak preview visit – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9w7ykclT8Y.

12:30 to 2 pm: hiv 101 Workshop (DC203)
4 to 4:30 pm: CROSSFIT/BURN hiit class (Crossfit durst)
A workout composed of body weight movements + strength training and high-intensity conditioning.

Wellness Education Certificate

All students on the Brantford campus can earn the Wellness Education Certificate by attending five approved wellness education activities and completing a short reflection on their learning. After you complete five activities, complete the Wellness Education Certificate Application Form. Once approved, the Wellness Education Certificate will be eligible for inclusion on your Laurier Experience Record.  Check back here soon for the form.