At the core of the program, CIP is committed to address the wellness of each student. CIP offers individual and group wellness sessions as a means to reduce stress and promote a healthy lifestyle. The following CIP students have been chosen as October “Wellness Students of the Month” for their vast improvements and devotion to the program.
Our national collection of Health and Wellness coordinators call attention to the students excelling the most in the new CIP Wellness Program.
Berkshire Center: Rane Browse
By Justin Green, Berkshire Center Health & Wellness Coordinator
Rane is self-motivated in her goal to be more fit and healthy! In her individual wellness sessions, she has been learning body weight exercises that she can do at home. She also stays active by playing volleyball, joining the walking group, biking, and running.
Rane is dedicated to improving her diet and has made some healthy changes, including limiting sugar and junk food. Some of her wellness tips are:
- replace soda with water and natural fruit juice
- when watching TV, resist the urge to mindlessly eat by doing something active
(Rane likes to do push-ups or jump rope)
What inspires Rane to be healthy? She says, “You only have one life to live-why make it an unhealthy one?”
Brevard Center: Ben Kesselhaut
By Jamie Kennedy, Brevard Center Health & Wellness Coordinator
Ben’s favorite part of his individual Health and Wellness session is mastering the mechanics of different movements like push-ups and box jumps. Ben is training for a 2-mile run and has really enjoyed learning how to become a faster and more efficient runner.
Individually, Ben strives to accomplish the goals set forth in his Personal Fitness Contract. Some exercise goals he is working towards this month include improving his balance and stretching exercises and learning how to prepare well-balanced meals in a short amount of time. Ben’s six-week personal goals range from making new friendships to keeping organized binders and efficiently managing time to reduce stress.
In the two years that Ben has been at CIP he has been an active participant in many different sports activities. Kickball, dodge ball and tennis are some of Ben’s favorites but he excels best in circuit training exercises incorporating varied, functional movements. Never setting limits, Ben pushes himself for better form and new personal records. He is routinely early to Wellness sessions and spends his time doing extra warm-ups and proprioceptive exercises.
The determination and motivation that Ben displays encourages other students and has helped form a common interest in running amongst some of the students. Charlie and Peter, also previous Wellness Students of the Month, are joining Ben in the 2-mile run this December. Local road races support regional and national charities, in addition to being a great way to meet other young and active locals like Ben.
Since the inception of the Wellness Program, Ben has improved his ability to exercise longer and more consistently, learned how different foods can help him build muscle and increase his attention span and is striving towards goals he never before sought to attain. The rewarding outcomes of keeping a healthier lifestyle reinforce Ben’s already positive and determined attitude. Way to go, Ben!
Bloomington Center: Kiersten Dunklau
By Jim Walsh, Bloomington Center Health & Wellness Coordinator
“Anxiety tends to get the best of me,” often says first-year student Kiersten Dunklau, and even though living away from home has been difficult the last month, you wouldn’t know it by all the new activities she is trying. This past month she attended volunteer training at Wonderlab (Bloomington’s science museum for children), navigated the Bloomington Transit bus system, volunteered at the Hoosier Hills Food Bank, went to hiking club once a week, and still found the time to go to the gym every Thursday and Saturday. She is also planning on ticket taking at the IU football games later on this month.
Wellness at CIP is not just about eating healthy and working out—it’s about finding peace and calm in the stresses of day to day living. How is she learning to keep away her stress and tension? “Working out really helps, but I know I get really stressed out before the tests I take in my computer class each Monday,” she said.
“Becky, my therapist here, tells me to take deep breaths and hold it for a moment, counting to five as I inhale and then counting to five as I exhale.” Wellness class often focuses on learning about how to increase energy while lowering negative tension. For example, many studies have shown that just a simple ten minute walk can improve energy for one or two hours. As Kiersten’s advisor, we’ve put this into practice by taking a walk around the building to clear our minds before doing budgeting or writing emails together.
“I only worked out in gym class at school before,” Kiersten explained, “but now that I live on my own, I have to be healthy in a way that fits my schedule, so I’m learning how to do yoga in wellness class. Jim is helping me learn some easy yoga techniques for the in the evening so I can feel relaxed and sleep better at night.” Kiersten is also independently tracking her elliptical workouts and weight training progress; she has been learning to cook healthy meals for herself and typically only eats out socially on the weekends.
Congratulations Kiersten, you’ve started this semester out strong!
Berkeley Center: Caitlin Roth
By Nicole Knaebel, Berkeley Center Health & Wellness Coordinator
Caitlin has kicked off this fall semester in a healthy way! She is a first year student taking a college course, doing volunteer work with children and participating in the modules and activities at CIP, all of which keep her busy. However, her full schedule doesn’t keep Caitlin from being committed to her health and wellness. When asked how she feels about the Wellness Program, Caitlin commented, “health and wellness at CIP is a good thing… you learn about healthy ways to eat and stay fit.”
Caitlin excels in team sports and her aim now is to incorporate more individual strength training and stretching in her daily and weekly routine. She has begun exploring different strength training exercises and stretches, and is developing a routine that will support her goals as well as fit into her busy schedule. Caitlin compliments her wellness goals by maintaining a healthy, well balanced diet.