Many would agree that doing well in college doesn’t only mean performing well inside of the classroom.
“They need to also focus on the fact that keeping themselves healthy outside of the classroom will help them inside the classroom.” Associate professor health, physical education and recreation Stacey Ellis says.
Lord Fairfax Community College is designating a whole week to wellness. The week will allow students to focus on professional growth with a health-themed career fair. And a list of other events are taking place to promote physical and mental health.
“Especially with our therapy dogs, when they visit it lets students let off steam because they automatically know that’s something’s going on, and with yoga, its another way to relieve stress.” Emily Walker of Lord Fairfax Community College says.
One of wellness weeks’ coordinators Stacey Ellis says academics are important, but putting wellness on the back-burner won’t do students or staff members any good.
“We think about all the task we have to get done in the day and we don’t focus on the fact that if we’re not healthy we cant accomplish those task effectively, emotionally mentally, we’re not fully there,” Ellis says.
Students say wellness week came just in time. And their grateful that their school stresses its importance.
“Especially with test coming up, and finals week it can be pretty stressful,” Walker says.
“Adding those different events, those picnics, and those different outreach events are very accessible to the student, distinguishes Lord Fairfax from other community colleges.” Colt Millican of Lord Fairfax Community College says.
The school will be ending the wellness week with a “Wits for Wellness” 5K run on Saturday.