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Education, Exercise, and Exploration at Georgian Court University’s Wellness Expo on April 30

Georgian Court University Wellness Expo

One of the pandemic’s important takeaways—the importance of caring for one’s body, mind and spirit. Georgian Court University’s 11th Annual Wellness Expo on Saturday, April 30, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the Lakewood, New Jersey, campus, provides a fun, free opportunity for everyone to take a big step toward better integrative health and personal wellness.

The expo is hosted by the Department of Integrative Health and Exercise Science and run through the efforts and energy of about 20 GCU student volunteers, said Sachiko Komagata, Ph.D., PT, associate professor and department chair. The event’s student roots run deep. “The expo was the vision of Tracey Saliski, one of our department’s graduate students,” she said “Tracey wanted to share our faculty’s and other wellness experts’ knowledge with our community and also bring together wellness-related vendors and practitioners.”

Integrative Health Workshops from the Experts

Ever wonder why you gained back those “lost” pounds, if carbs are good or bad, or what options there are to mainstream medicine? Maybe you understand the importance of self-care and dealing with emotions, but don’t know where to begin. Perhaps you’ve known someone whose body was donated to science and are curious about what that means, why it’s important, and how to make those arrangements. The 11th Annual Wellness Expo has these and other topics covered throughout the day, beginning at 11:00 a.m. on the half hour. Topics and presenters include:

“Incorporating Self-Care Planning Into Our Daily Routines,” Joshua Burns, N.D., D.C., assistant professor of integrative health

“Why You Regain Weight and How to Avoid It,” Vincent Chen, Ph.D., assistant professor of exercise science

 “ _______ Is the Best Medicine,”  Sachiko Komagata, Ph.D., PT, associate professor and chair of the Department of Integrative Health and Exercise Science

“Unstuffing Our Emotions: Introducing Fear,” Suzanne McMurray, RN, GCU lecturer in integrative health and practitioner at the Center for Conscious Caregiving

“Body Donation for Use in Education and Research,” Rebeca Santiago, program support specialist at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Anatomical Association Body Donor Program, Rutgers University

“Adventures in Carb-Restricted Dieting,” Michael Wortley, Ph.D., assistant professor of exercise science

Click here for the full schedule.

Stretch, Shop, Smile!

Be sure to fit in time for some relaxing qigong with Darren Orr, D.M.Q., doctor of classical Chinese medicine, and to browse the tables of 50 to 60 service providers in the fields of acupuncture; pet therapy; yoga;  massage; physical therapy and chiropractic medicine; and wellness vendors of essential oils, crystals, jewelry, books and DVDs, photography, and much more!

GCU’s 11th Annual Wellness Expo will be held rain or shine at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, New Jersey. Look for the Wellness Expo signage! Questions? Please contact Sachiko Komagata at fxbzntngn@trbetvna.rqh.

Aerial view of GCU.

About Georgian Court University

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is Central and South Jersey’s only Catholic university. GCU is a comprehensive, coeducational university with a strong liberal arts core and a historic special concern for women. As a forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, GCU is known for expanding possibility for more than 2,100 students of all faiths and backgrounds in 35+ undergraduate majors and 10+ graduate programs. The GCU Lions compete in 15 NCAA Division II sports in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC). In 2020, GCU was named a Best Value College by and a Best Bang for the Buck (Northeast) by Washington Monthly. High student retention and graduation rates also make GCU a Top Performer on Social Mobility on U.S. News & World Reports rankings. The main campus is located in Lakewood, New Jersey, on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court, which is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, also serves students at other locations, such as GCU at BrookdaleGCU at Rowan College of South Jersey–Cumberland Campus, and through multiple online certificate and degree programs.

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