Members of the Student Wellness Committee want to encourage other students to pursue wellness, both for themselves and as role models for future patients.
In upcoming posts, students will be writing about different aspects of the eight dimensions of wellness, as defined by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Here’s the first article, from first-year College of Medicine student Anna Cherian. Watch The Pulse for more!
One aspect of health that I am passionate about – and one that also affects many of the other dimensions of wellness – is physical health. Working out and eating healthy are two areas of physical health that can be easy to neglect with a busy schedule. In medical school, I decided to make these a priority, since I know when I eat well and work out regularly it helps me stay more focused and energized during classes and studying.
One of my favorite things at NEOMED is the Sequoia Wellness Center. I attend fitness classes at least three times a week, which is a great way to hold me accountable for my workouts. The times of the classes work with our class schedules, since early morning and later afternoon classes are available. Once you start going consistently, people notice when you miss a workout!
Additionally, one of my favorite grocery stores, ALDI, is located only seven minutes away from NEOMED’s campus. Aldi is an affordable way to eat healthy on a student budget. My favorite snack, which I purchase from Aldi, is sweet mini peppers and grapes.
Eating healthy does not have to be expensive or time-consuming if you plan your grocery list ahead of time! Food and fitness are two of my interests and I am willing to help any student in creating meal plans to assist on starting a healthier diet or be a workout buddy!
About the Student Wellness Committee
The Student Wellness Committee exists to identify student issues and needs around the eight dimensions of wellness; to develop and implement wellness programming to address these issues and needs in collaboration with other campus departments, and to ensure students’ academic, personal and professional success.