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UW-Madison Wellness Symposium to join students with health ambassadors
Speakers and experts on wellness and health will attend the second annual UW-Madison Wellness Symposium at Union South on November 15.
Titled “Wellness Now: Being our best selves in the current moment,” the event is free for students who want to attend any of the 10 wellness-themed breakout sessions that range in topic from healthy eating to instructions for a relaxing desk garden.
The symposium is hosted by UWell, which works to foster general wellbeing among students by fitting convenient wellness strategies into their already busy lives.
Gabe Javier, Assistant Dean of Students, will deliver this year’s keynote address focused on the topic of inclusive wellness. Javier will speak about his belief that “the concept and practice of wellness should be accessible, available, and achievable to all people.” Javier directs the LGBT Campus Center and is the Interim Director of the Multicultural Student Center.
Student Wellness Coordinator Emily Borenitsch said the event was inspired by the seven dimensions of wellness UWell endeavors to promote among students. These include physical, emotional, and environmental factors that can have an impact on a student’s general wellbeing.
“We have intentionally offered a variety of activities, presenters and opportunities,” says Borenitsch. “Our hope is that everyone can find something that resonates with their definition of wellness and their personal priorities for their wellbeing.”
The event kicks off with a sunrise yoga and meditation session at 7:30 a.m. Faculty and staff are also welcome to attend for $20 and may register here.
Other breakout session topics include cultural identities, mindfulness, and balancing work and academics with personal wellbeing. For a complete list of breakout session topics and a full schedule, visit the UWell website.
Written by Andrew Hahn, UHS Web and Communications Assistant