Community members at Penn State Berks walk the campus labyrinth. The campus’ newly expanded walking trail connects to the labyrinth, which serves as a perfect stopping point for hikers in need of a mindfulness break. Image: Penn State
Penn State Berks, in partnership with Penn State LionPulse, has taken steps to improve health and wellness initiatives on campus thanks to a seed grant supporting the “Enhancing Health” thematic priority in the University’s strategic plan.
After reviewing feedback from the campus’ student and employee wellness assessment, LionPulse Health Champion Lisa Weaver and the Berks wellness committee discovered that physical activity was of particular interest to the community. As a result of these findings, the committee invested to expand the existing walking trail on campus by 1 mile. Additionally, after learning that several previously established trails were overgrown, the group unanimously agreed to reinstate and maintain these trails to help promote physical activity on campus.
The stress-free zone at Penn State Shenango includes a massage chair, a mediation/yoga station, and a computer station with a natural daylight lamp to improve mood, energy and concentration.
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College students and faculty and staff alike face many new challenges that can be stressful. Addressing stress in a healthy way and having the right resources to help individuals cope with stress is essential to a person’s well-being and academic success.
Fortunately, through participation in the Penn State LionPulse initiative, an outreach effort of Penn State PRO Wellness, Penn State Shenango now offers a stress-free zone — a walk-in space where students, faculty and staff can take time for self-care and reduce stress through mind-body relaxation. Campus health champion Tony Paglia is leading this initiative in collaboration with the Shenango wellness committee.