Lakewood, N.J., April 25, 2017—From working their way through adult coloring books to making rigorous workouts part of their daily routines, today’s college students are increasingly creative in the ways they combat stress and embrace healthy behaviors, according to the organizers of “Healthy Campus, Healthy Community,” at Georgian Court University.
Encouraging wellness is the focus of the one-day conference slated for Friday, April 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Casino building on Georgian Court’s historic Lakewood campus. Registration is $20 for members of the community and includes lunch; the event is free to members of the GCU community. Support is provided by the New Jersey Nursing Initiative, a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation® with assistance and support by NJHA/HRET of New Jersey.
“Healthy Campus, Healthy Community,” is hosted by the GCU-Meridian Health School of Nursing and draws on the expertise of nursing and holistic health faculty, student affairs leaders, and others. In addition, conference sponsors from the Integrative Health & Medicine program at Hackensack Meridian Health will highlight the “Five Pillars of Health”—purpose, resilience, nutrition, sleep, and activity.
“We want to explore the many ways we can create a culture of health on our college campuses while inspiring everyone in our community to live healthy lives,” said Teri Wurmser, RN, Ph.D., chair of the university’s nursing program. “It’s really a day where everyone can participate in activities that promote healthy living beyond our campus gates and in the greater community.”
Wellness—A Return on Investment
The conference keynote speaker is Bernadette Melnyk, Ph.D., RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FNAP, FAAN, who serves as associate vice president for health promotion, university chief wellness officer, and professor and dean of the College of Nursing at The Ohio State University.
The role of chief wellness officer is a first for OSU, but one that corporations have embraced for years. Now universities and colleges nationwide are doing more to promote healthy behaviors, which can lead to a 5:1 return on investment, according to Dr. Melnyk. She also is an expert on evidence-based practices and intervention research to help families, children, and adolescents.
Other conference guests include:
Felicia McGinty, Ed.D., Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Rutgers University
Sara Scheller, Integrative Health Coach, Hackensack Meridian Integrative Health and Medicine
Kathleen Sanford, RN, FACHE, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, Catholic Health Initiatives
Scott Woodside, Director for Student Health Services, Rowan University
Peter Wenger, M.D., Chair, New Jersey Immunization Network
In addition to hearing from speakers, participants can join interactive sessions such as “Sugar 101,” “Sound Healing,” and “Qoya Dance Movement.”
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, Georgian Court expands possibility for more than 2,300 students of all faiths and backgrounds in 33 undergraduate majors and more than 10 graduate programs. In 2015, GCU was named #25 among MONEY® magazine’s “Top 50 Colleges That Add the Most Value” and a Best Bang for the Buck School by Washington Monthly. GCU has also been recognized by The Economist and Colleges of Distinction and is a Military Friendly® School. 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 Hazlet, and through multiple online certificate and degree programs.