By Jim Walsh, The Bloomington Center
Matt Patterson works at the IU Wright Food court hauling piles of heavy trays, washing pots and pans, carrying out the trash, and wiping tables during the hectic daily ebb and flow of the student population. However, rather than just zonking out on the couch after such a physically strenuous shift, Matt has been keeping with his own active fitness program.
On Mondays, Matt has an individual wellness session where he does an hour of guided weight training. This session is also used to monitor Matt’s weight, which has steadily been declining since the summer. “I haven’t had French fries for like 4 months, I’ve also cut back on my pop,” Matt said. “I can’t wait till it gets warmer, when I can walk and ride my bike around more.”
On Tuesdays and Thursdays Matt goes to the Indiana University Tennis Center for two hours. He practices his serve after stretching with his tennis group and then participates in a number of varied drills to improve form and technique. Fridays, Matt attends CIP’s Wellness Class where he does yoga and a variety of different stretches to improve balance and flexibility. Matt doesn’t take a break on the weekends, either. He attends hiking club for over an hour every weekend.
Last Saturday, Matt participated in “adopt-a-trail” at a local park—there he hiked and picked up trash along the way. The Wellness program at CIP does not simply involve getting students to go to the gym. The program coaches students towards exploring a wide variety of activities to fit their interests, preferences, and abilities. For working with CIP staff to create his own unique, varied, pro-active routine and balancing it with a tough part-time job, Matt gets Bloomington Center’s Wellness Student of the Month!