To educate, inspire and support all members of the Albright community towards a healthy lifestyle and an improved quality of life.
Wellness Eats Program
Working in collaboration, the Albright Wellness Committee and Dining Services is excited to offer faculty and staff a $6 meal with participation in the new Wellness Eats program. Find out more by following this link!
Article: Toward a Culture of Self-Care
If greater numbers of institutions implement such programs, they will be better able to promote student success, to produce higher levels of research and to serve as exemplary educational models, write Shari Tarver Behring, Carolyn Jeffries and Michael Spagna. Read the article from Inside Higher Ed
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The foundation for wellness at Albright College is based upon the Wellness Wheel. Seven areas of wellness are recognized and defined below:
Wellness, the ability to recognize our search for meaning and purpose in human existence.
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Intellectual Wellness, the ability to recognize your creativity, as a way to stimulate your mind.
Physical Wellness, the ability to recognize the body’s need for physical activity, along with understanding diet and nutrition.
Financial Wellness, the ability to find the intricate balance of the mental, spiritual and physical aspects of money.
Mission Statement: To educate, inspire and support all members of the Albright community towards a healthy lifestyle and an improved quality of life.
The Council shall act in an advisory capacity to the President and Cabinet and recommend to them health and wellness policies for adoption.
The Council shall identify health and wellness concerns among the community and suggest appropriate solutions to eliminate or minimize them.
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The Council shall solicit and encourage feedback from students, faculty and staff regarding wellness-related issues, ideas, and solutions.
The Council shall communicate wellness policies, training programs, and other health- and wellness-related matters to employees and faculty.
The Council, working closely with our health insurance provider, will ensure that the community is aware of and able to access all available health insurance benefits.
The size of the Council shall be determined by its workload and assigned duties. Two co-chairs will be responsible for the oversight of the Council.
The Council shall include as permanent members, representatives of Human Resources, the Gable Health Center, and the Schumo Center, respectively.
The Council shall include at least one student member.
Council membership shall reasonably represent all divisions.
Members shall serve 3-year staggered terms and be eligible for re-election at the completion of their terms.
Nominations for membership may be made by any member of the College community, including self-nominations.
Utilizing information obtained through the interview process, the council members will vote on replacement members. Replacement members receiving the highest number of votes will be offered a position on the Council.
The Council shall meet monthly at a mutually accepted day/time.
Student & Campus Life (co-chair)
Schumo Center for Fitness and Wellbeing (co-chair)
Department of Public Safety
Tracy Gray Hayes
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Wellness is the ability to recognize our search for meaning and purpose in human existence.
Almost always = 2 points Sometimes/occasionally = 1 point Very seldom = 0 points
_____ 1. I am able to develop and maintain close relationships. _____ 2. I accept the responsibility for my actions. _____ 3. I see challenges and change as opportunities for growth. _____ 4. I feel I have considerable control over my life. _____ 5. I am able to laugh at life and myself. _____ 6. I feel good about myself. _____ 7. I am able to appropriately cope with stress and tension and make time for leisure pursuits. _____ 8. I am able to recognize my personal shortcomings and learn from my mistakes. _____ 9. I am able to recognize and express my feelings. _____ 10. I enjoy life.
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Score: 15 to 20 Points – Excellent strength in this dimension.
Score: 9 to 14 Points – There is room for improvement. Look again at the items in which you scored 1 or 0. What changes can you make to improve your score?
Intellectual Wellness is the ability to recognize your creativity, as a way to stimulate your mind.
Intellectual Wellness at Albright College
“Physical fitness is not only one of the most important Keys to a healthy body; it is the bais of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.” – John F. Kennedy
The Wellness Program at Albright College promotes intellectual wellness among community members through education of physical activity and exercise, participation in scholastic and cultural activities, and promotion of healthy life choices. This site serves as an educational hub for Intellectual Wellness opportunities, activities and resources on and off the Albright campus.
Participation in scholastic, cultural, and community activities is found to assist people maintaining good cognitive functions as they age. The following are opportunities to take advantage of at Albright.
Community Opportunities – Similar to the opportunities at Albright there are numerous cultural and historical opportunities in Berks County to get your mind going. Healthy mind, healthy body. Here are some recommendations from the Wellness Committee:
Exercise and Intellectual Wellness – The following are studies that show that physical activity and exercise promotes mental wellness, helps minimize stress and anxiety, and improves the brain’s ability to solve problems. Another great resource is Albright’s Schumo Center for Fitness and Well-Being, stop by today!
Being better prepared and educated to handle stress, work-life-balance, and other family situation can prevent or assist in alleviating things such as depression that can cause larger problems at work, school, and home. The following are recourses available.
Brown bag lunch
Career Services and ALC information on Time and Stress Management
The American Heart Association recommends 30 minutes of activity each day to reduce the risk of heart disease. Physical activity is anything that makes you move your body and burn calories, such as climbing stairs or playing sports. The American Heart association and the American College of Sports Medicine are great resources to help you get started.
Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker. The creators may be MyFitness Pal, but the nutrition analysis features will make this app your best nutrition friend. Adjust goals, enter caloric intake (food) and output (exercise), add to the food library and check the progress screen to track how you’re doing.
Eat and Move-o-Matic Developed by the Learning Games Lab at New Mexico State University to support the National 4-H Council’s Youth Choice program, this app lets users compare the calories they eat with the time it would take to burn them off through physical activity.
Hartz Natural Foods (The “H” of B&H) – Morgantown – is a place for organic dried herbs, and many other random all natural and organic products from cleaners to supplements to meat. A mini grocery store. It is on an organic farm, tucked into the countryside so people who have lived here for years even miss it sometimes!
Down Home Acres – Fleetwood. Local, organic produce with a focus on heirloom tomatoes.
Nature’s Garden – Reading. Multi-purpose natural store with a little of everything. Like shopping in a mini grocery store.
Kimberton Whole Foods – Kimberton, Douglassville, Downingtown and Ottsville – They have a huge supply of everything under the sun – again like a grocery store.
Social Wellness is the ability to relate to and connect with other people in our world. Our ability to establish and maintain positive relationships with family, friends and co-workers contributes to our Social Wellness.
Social Wellness is about relationships. Friendships, family, romance, and how you treat the cashier at the grocery store are all aspects of your Social Wellness. Social Wellness involves your ability to foster intimacy in relationships while maintaining supportive boundaries; respecting the needs of others, as well as balancing a social life with personal responsibilities. When your Social Wellness is in order, you feel both supportive and supported. Social Wellness is about the give and take that occurs in healthy relationships so that everyone feels nurtured and loved.
Environmental Wellness is the ability to coexist in the Environment in a positive and sustaining way for the environment that you exist in.
USE ECO FRIENDLY HOME CLEANING SOLUTIONS:
Baking Soda – cleans, deodorizes, softens water, scours.
Soap – unscented soap in liquid form, flakes, powders or bars is biodegradable and will clean just about anything. Avoid using soaps which contain petroleum distillates.
Lemon – one of the strongest food-acids, effective against most household bacteria.
White Vinegar – cuts grease, removes mildew, odors, some stains and wax build-up.
Washing Soda – or SAL Soda is sodium carbonate decahydrate, a mineral. Washing soda cuts grease, removes stains, softens water, cleans wall, tiles, sinks and tubs. Use care, as washing soda can irritate mucous membranes. Do not use on aluminum.
Isopropyl Alcohol – is an excellent disinfectant. (It has been suggested to replace this with ethanol or 100 proof alcohol in solution with water. There is some indication that isopropyl alcohol buildup contributes to illness in the body.)
Cornstarch – can be used to clean windows, polish furniture, shampoo carpets and rugs.
Citrus Solvent – cleans paint brushes, oil and grease, some stains. (Citrus solvent may cause skin, lung or eye irritations for people with multiple chemical sensitivities.)