Wellness Workshops

HPEC hosts wellness workshops throughout the semester. Students can learn about health issues that impact their academic success in a fun and interactive environment. Workshop topics change every semester. See below for the current offerings.

Building skills as a professional is a key to success in your profession. As we work on our professional development, one of the skills we want to recognize is learning how to take care of our health. Join us as we talk about what is self-care, implementing healthy routines within work, managing burnout and additional tools aimed to help you cultivate the benefits of self-care as a professional. Free snacks will be provided and two lucky students will win special raffle prizes.

Wednesday, February 8 @ 3:10 - 4:15 pm

Facilitator: Stephanie Orjiakor, BS

In our current world, we encounter so many sources of stress… and also many changes! How can we manage stress and remain healthy so that we can continue our good work and enhance our chances of success? Come address these questions with us as we explore ways to approach each day of the week, tuning in to clues from our ancestors, and from nature itself.

Wednesday, February 22 @ 3:10 - 4:15 pm

Facilitator: Amelia Russo-Neustadt, MD, PhD

In this 4-part series you will learn the basics of healthy eating habits in college. Attendance is not required at each session, come to one or come to all! See below for session dates and topics:

College Nutrition 101
February 27 @ 3:10 –4:15 p.m.

Eating Healthy and Saving Time
March 6 @ 3:10 – 4:15 p.m.

Eating Healthy on a Budget
March 13 @ 3:10 – 4:15 p.m.

Exercising as a College Student
March 20 @ 3:10 – 4:15 p.m.

All workshops will provide free food samples! Participants who attend all four workshop will be entered to win a free crockpot!

There are all kinds of emergencies out there that we can prepare for. Take a zombie apocalypse for example. You may laugh now, but when the undead start chasing people down the streets, you'll be happy you came to this workshop. Zombies aren't the only thing to worry about; join us to learn about staying safe during natural (and unnatural) disasters. Free snacks will be provided and two lucky students will win emergency packs.

Wednesday, March 15 @ 3:10 – 4:15 p.m.

Facilitator: Jhoanna Avelino, BS, CHES

In our current culture we are challenged by lack of time to truly care for our health, and much confusion about which of the many convenience foods, “superfoods” and supplements being sold to us we should use! In this workshop, we will explore ways that you can know your own individual “body type”, or constitution, and how you can promote your own wellness and balance using simple, real food. Also included in this workshop will be several healthy eating guidelines that can support the health and success of all of us, regardless of “type”.

Wednesday, March 22 @ 3:10 - 4:15 pm

Facilitator: Amelia Russo-Neustadt, MD, PhD

With the stresses and demands that current life brings, we can very easily become disconnected from ourselves. Our physical and mental health suffer as a result of this. True presence, termed mindfulness, is a quiet state of mind that, when practiced regularly, increases concentration, reduces stress and creates opportunities for significant personal growth over time. In this workshop, we will explore ways that we can practice mindfulness throughout the day. This can be a means not only to pace ourselves and provide mental rest, but also a way to keep us connected with our world and with life itself.

Wednesday, April 26 @ 3:10 - 4:15 pm

Facilitator: Amelia Russo-Neustadt, MD, PhD

Attention college students! Are you tired of feeling tired? Get the sleep you need to succeed with our upcoming Snooze or Lose Workshop. Join us on May 3rd at the Student Health Center, Rm 210 for an interactive and informative session on the importance of sleep for your health and academic performance.

At the workshop, you will learn about:

  • The science of sleep and its impact on your body and mind
  • Strategies for improving the quality and quantity of your sleep
  • The dangers of sleep deprivation and how to avoid it
  • Tips for creating a sleep-friendly environment

The workshop is designed specifically for college students and will be led by health promotion staff. Whether you're a chronic insomniac or just looking to improve your sleep habits, this workshop is for you.

The workshop is free and open to all Cal State LA students. Light refreshments and snacks will be provided. All participants will receive a sleep kit and be entered to win the special raffle prize.

Get ready to say goodbye to sleep deprivation and hello to a brighter, more focused tomorrow!

Wednesday, May 3 @ 3:10 - 4:15 pm

Facilitator: Marisa Marcarello, MPH, MSN, FNP-C

In our fast-paced culture, more than ever before we need to set time aside to quietly be in touch with ourselves and our surroundings in the present moment. You probably are aware that mindfulness practice can calm you, but going deeper, this practice can also help you transform into your “best self”, developing a deeper understanding of your negative states of mind, such as anxiety and anger, and cultivating compassion and joy. In this workshop, we will draw upon teachings from an ancient spiritual tradition in a non-sectarian way, exploring how mindfulness practice can allow you to live your life more fully and find your true purpose.

Wednesday, May 10 @ 3:10 - 4:15 pm

Facilitator: Amelia Russo-Neustadt, MD, PhD

Attending a Workshop

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