Tips to promote student wellness at Saint Martin’s

Amanda Chappell, Staff Writer


One of the most important things to maintain while attending college is one’s health. Here at Saint Martin’s, we have several opportunities to help students maintain their health. From the Counseling and Wellness Center to the Student Health Center, there are many ways to ensure that a student’s health is just as prioritized as high as their grades.

The Counseling and Wellness Center (CWC) is located in the Lynch Building, just outside the Abbey church. The CWC consists of a team of highly trained, friendly staff committed to ensuring students emotional wellbeing, safety, and comfortability while attending college. Some of the services that the CWC offers are individual counseling, crisis intervention, and helpful tips to thrive as a college student. Whether students have a decision that could use some guidance, or just need someone to talk to, the counseling center is always willing to help. To schedule an appointment, students can either walk in, email, call, or click the link on the CWC website. Their hours are from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

From flu shots to sports physicals, the next available resource for students is the health center, located in Burton Hall, Room 102. With the fee included in tuition, the health center is the perfect place to go for non-emergency health concerns. A team of certified nurses and providers facilitate the health center and are all there to ensure a healthy student body. Students are encouraged to visit the center for basic health needs and questions, or even to stock up on cough drops. The health center is open from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

Another resource on campus that can help inspire positive health is the Charneski Recreation Center, a place to fulfill all fitness and well-being needs. Charneski is home to several cardio and strength training machines, all available for student use. The lower level of the rec center has three full-size basketball courts, indoor batting nets, lockers for day use, and a plethora of workout and training equipment. Upstairs, there is an indoor three-lane track (where ten laps are equal to one mile), a studio and classroom that can be reserved, and many cardio machines  such as ellipticals, treadmills, and exercise bikes.

The rec center also offers intramural sports, wellness classes, Saints Outdoor Adventure Recreation (SOAR) trips, and tennis courts for a different kind of workout. Intramural sports provide students with the opportunity to play a team sport, in a less competitive setting.

This fall semester, three-on-three basketball, badminton, flag football, floorball, spikeball, team tennis, ultimate frisbee, and volleyball are all offered. The registration for these leagues has already closed, but students are encouraged to support their classmates by watching the games. Intramural sports are also offered in the spring semester as well.

There are a variety of fitness and wellness classes offered at the rec center, one for each intensity preference. From yoga to high intensity training, there is a class for everyone. Check the schedule on the Charneski Center website to find a time that fits with your schedule.

Saints Outdoor Adventure Recreation (SOAR) trips are offered throughout the school year, and their goal is to promote a healthy lifestyle and to help facilitate the building of connections between classmates. So far this year, Saints have hiked Twin Falls, explored the Ape Caves, and competed in paintball. More information can be found on the SOAR Facebook page, where scheduling for these activities is constantly updated.

The tennis courts behind the softball field were opened early this fall, and they provide a fun, fast-paced exercise option. Racquets and tennis balls can be checked out from the member desk inside the Charneski Center.

Staying healthy and in shape is an important part of being both an adult and college student. Saint Martin’s encourages students to do this by using any of the on-campus facilities designated to promote student wellness.

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