Wellness Week 2013

Click here to see the official Wellness Week calendar of events and click here to register for GSA's graduate specific events!

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Gear up for UChicago’s homecoming with a week of activities that promote community and encourage healthy, stress-free lifestyle choices. Every event you attend will give you a chance to win great prizes worth up to $500. Stop by our events all week to try new things and make new friends!

Monday October 14th:

Be Wise Be Well Workshop - What the help? 
Noon - 1pm,  Bartlett Lounge
Want to make sure your friends have a fun and safe time here at UChicago? We thought so! Come learn how to reach out & support your fellow Maroons by learning skill to become an active bystander!

Diaper & Dissertations- Panel Discussion
Noon,  Classics 110
Lunch is provied.
Click here to register for this GSA sponsored graduate event

Stressbusters Kick-off 
3pm - 5pm, Reynolds Club Marketplace  
Come join us for free back rubs from the incredible Stressbusters team, snacks, and other fun wellness activities!

4:30pm - 5:30pm, Crerar Room 320B
Scholarly work can be tough on the body. In this workshop we'll go over study-space basics with plenty of time to address individual questions and concerns. Easy exercises, study-break strategies and simple pain management techniques will be introduced by Sports Medicine Movement Specialist Meredith Haggerty.

The Frugal Grad: Cooking Well in Graduate School
7:00pm - 9:00pm,  IHouse
Click here to register for this GSA sponsored graduate event

Pool party with PE&A!
7:30pm - 9:00pm, Ratner Athletic Center
Come make a splash and have a blast! Bring your suits, flip flops and towel and join us for some fun!

Tuesday October 15th:

Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) Demonstration
Noon - 2pm, Ida Noyes Hall
Health Promotion and Wellness believes a crime is never the victim's fault. In effort to empower women and provide self-defense techniques, HPW will partner with UCPD to offer RAD classes as one part of a multi-pronged approach to help address violence at UChicago. We support Resoucres for Sexual Violence in the work they do all year long to promote healthy gender relations through dialogue and education and to work toward the elimination of sexual violence.
The Rape Aggression Defense System is a comprehensive course for women that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, then progresses on to the basics of hands-on defense training. Come learn more about this program, take part in a demonstration of self-defense techniques, and learn how to sign up for a full R.A.D. course in the future.

Making Graduate School Work- presented by Jonathon Lear
Noon,  Classics 110
Lunch is provied. 
Click here to register for this GSA sponsored graduate event

Tea and Pipes
4pm, Bond Chapel
Join Spiritual Life for some tea and biscuits in Swift Hall followed by relaxing classical musical on Bond Chapel’s Reneker organ.

Yoga, Self Care, and Caring for Others
4pm – 6pm Rockefeller, UnCommon Room
Yoga as a mind-body integration practice that supports holistic self-care - which, in turn, supplies us with the resources needed to effectively care for others. A lecture/discussion followed by a yoga class.

Flirting with Danger Film Screening
 6:30pm - 8:00pm, The Knapp Center for Biological Discovery- Room 1103
This film explores the line between consent and coercion in this thought-provoking look at the ways real girls and women navigate their heterosexual relationships and hookups, including how the wider culture's frequently contradictory messages about pleasure, danger, agency, and victimization enter into women's most intimate relationships with men. The result is a refreshingly candid, and nuanced, look at how young women are forced to grapple with deeply ambivalent cultural attitudes about female sexuality

 Love Your Body Part 1- Evaluating Media's Role in Body Image
8:30pm, Harper 151
Join Hermanas for pizza and a screening of American the Beautiful, a documentary that looks at the portrayal of women's bodies in the media. The film will be followed by a short discussion. 

Genki Kai Ki-Aikido Club Intro Class 
8pm -9pm, Henry Crown Field House Multipurpose/Martial Arts Room
Genki Kai Ki-Aikido is a recognized RSO and Sports Club at the University of Chicago that brings training in the mind-body discipline of  Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido to the UChicago. Join us for an open class and demonstration in the Martial Arts Room of Henry Crown. All interested can participate free of charge, and no prior experience is needed.

Wednesday October 16th:

11:30am -1:30pm, Main Quad
Wellapalooza is our bi-annual wellness festival highlighting wellness resources on and around the UChicago campus! Join us for dogs, back-rubs, FREE food and SWAG, crafts, bike & laptop registration, a drum circle, and much much more!  

Failure to Launch: How Anxiety Effects Our Brain's Performance- presented by graduate student Jason Sattizahn
Noon,  Classics 110
Lunch is provied.
Click here to register for this GSA sponsored graduate event

ASAP- Smart Tips and Study Strategies Workshop 
4:45pm -6:00pm, Bartlett Lounge
Space is limited!  Register online at counseling.uchicago.edu.

Stressbusters Training
5:30pm - 8:30pm, Ratner Athletics Center- Ratner Film Room
Complete our online application at UChicagostressbusters.com and attend this fun, interactive training to join Stressbusters.  As a team member you’ll learn effective backrub and other stress reduction techniques, gain experience working on a high-profile health promotion initiative, and have a great time making new friends at UChicago!

Maria Costa's "Macho Men and the Women Who Love Them"
6pm - 8pm, IHouse 
Come watch feisty actress/comedian Maria Costa as she confesses her struggles in loving a traditional “macho” man. Check out our FB event here: http://bit.ly/mariacostachicago

Thursday October 17th:

Seeking Life/ Work Balance- presented by Lizanne Phalen
Noon,  Family Resource Center
Lunch is provied.
Click here to register for this GSA sponsored graduate event

International Spouses & Partners Welcome Event
9am - Noon, Ida Noyes- 3rd Floor Theatre
The International Spouses and Partners Welcome Event is a great opportunity to meet other partners and spouses, talk about work and volunteer options, support each other through the adjustment process, and share ideas and resources. Childcare will be available!

Modo Meet ‘n’ Greet
10am, Rockefeller Chapel
Drop in to meet the Chapel cat, “Modo,” Spiritual Life’s General Health and Wellness administrator! Morning treats provided.

Yoga and Creative Writing
10:45am- 11:45am, Ratner Athletics Center- Room 206
This workshop will explore the ways yoga can relax the mind and tame the inner critic, getting us into a place of creativity. Whether you have the desire to start a journal and are inhibited by lack of knowledge on where to start or you are in the midst of a paper and are feeling stuck, this workshop will teach you how to get in a "state to create." We will start with a discussion and short asana practice. We will then move into an open writing session where you can either work on your own project or on one of several provided exercises - all with the intention of freeing your voice. There will be opportunities for discussion and reading, but no one will be pressured to speak. Mats will be provided, however participants may bring their own if they prefer.

 Love Your Body Part 2- Positive Thoughts
12pm - 2 pm, Cobb Hall
Stop by our trash talk table outside Cobb as we toss away the negative thoughts we have about our bodies. Then partake in a photo shoot and hold up a sign telling us why you love your body! 

Homecoming Banner Painting Competition
8pm - 10pm (doors open at 7:30), Ratner Auxiliary Gym 
Take part in the Annual Homecoming Banner Competition.  Come with your RSO, House, Greek Organization or Sports team to show your UChicago pride by making a banner to be displayed at the Homecoming Block Party. Winning banners will be announced at the Homecoming Game on Saturday, October 19th. Snacks will be provided.

Friday October 18th:

Mindfulness on Location 
Noon - 1pm, Rockefeller Chancel
Join us for this relaxing guided meditation in a beautiful UChicago landmark.

Ensuring & Insuring Health at UChicago
1:30pm, Ida Noyes Hall- West Lounge
Learn about service provided by Student Health and Counseling Services to support students’ health. This workshop will cover how to access medical health, mental health, and health promotion services, and information about the University Student Health Insurance Plan (USHIP). Learn about health insurance requirements, how to enroll in the high-quality health plan available to students or learn how to waive if you already have comparable health insurance.

Maroon Madness
10pm - 11pm, Doors open at 9:30,  Gerald Ratner Athletics Center
Find paper airplanes, rice Krispies, and dizzy students all in the same room! Join the first annual Maroon Madness—a night of games, prizes, and UChicago giveaways.

Saturday October 19th:

Cash Mob and 2nd Annual Chef Throwdown at the 61st Street Farmers Market 9am, Main Quad Flag Pole & E. 61st St. and S. Dorchester Ave.
Help support your local farmers and food economy and get some great food too!  Meet at at the flagpole on the main quad at 9am and walk with friends to the 61st Street Farmers Market at 61st and Dorchester.  While you’re there, watch Chicago culinary students compete in an outdoor cooking competition and vote on a winner will then vote on a winner.  All dishes will include locally grown vote for your favorite. Teams start shopping and preparing food at 9am, and will serve their completed dishes 11:30am.

(Remember to bring $10 to spend at the market.  Even though your individual buying power as a college student  might be small, your collective buying power as a student body is large.  If even just 50 students came together each spending $10- that's $500 injected into the local food economy.)

Resilience Lecture 
11am - Noon, Harper Memorial Library, Room 130
New scientific research suggests that resilience isn't something with which only a fortunate few of us have been born, but rather something we can all take specific action to develop. To build strength out of adversity, we need a catalyst. What we need, according to Dr. Alex Lickerman, is wisdom—wisdom that adversity has the potential to teach us.  Dr. Lickerman teaches principles for our own lives, enabling us to develop for ourselves the resilience we need to achieve indestructible happiness

Homecoming Block Party
11am - 2pm, E. 56th St. and S. Ellis Ave.
Enjoy food, friends and football at the UChicago Block Party! Free entry with student ID.  Attractions include the Housing Tug of War competition, free food tents, bounce houses, and more. The first 500 students to enter will get a FREE Homecoming T-Shirt. Attendance includes entry to the Homecoming game against Macalester College. UChicago Peer Health Advocates will also be attending and we got you covered. Be the coolest kid on the block & stop by our booth to play games to win awesome swag!

All Week:

Flu shots:
According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention one of the best ways to protect yourself against the flu is by getting a flu vaccination each year, and UChicago offers this important vaccination for FREE! They’ll be available:

  • Monday 9am - 3pm Regenstein
  • Tuesday 9am - 3pm SSA
  • Wednesday 11:30am - 1:30pm Wellapalooza (main quad)
  • Thursday 1pm - 8pm Bartlett

Meditation Corner:

  • Twenty Minutes Still Weekdays at 8am Rockefeller
  • Mindfulness Meditation Mondays at 1pm and Wednesdays at 2:30 and 3:00pm Rockefeller
  • Zen Meditation Wednesdays at 5pm Rockefeller

Lets Talk:
Take advantage of these free and confidential consultations. Speaking with a “Let’s Talk” counselor can help provide insight, solutions, and information about other resources. No appointments are necessary. 

  • Mondays 2:00pm-4:00pm at OIA
  • Wednesdays 11:00am-1:00pm at Rockefeller
  • Friday’s 1:00pm-3:00pm at 5710 Woodlawn

Get Active:

  • Restorative Yoga Tuesdays at 4:30 and 5:45pm Rockefeller
  • Gentle Yoga Thursdays at 4pm Bond Chapel
  • FitChicago Classes
  • PE&A offers FitChicago exercise classes free to students every weekday at a variety of times.  Choose from activities like yoga, zumba, pilates, and cardio kickboxing. Visit click here for a full schedule.
  • Carillion Climb Weekdays 11:30am and 4:30pm in Rockefeller Chapel, meet at the front desk
  • IM Sports
    IM volleyball and flag flag football games will be taking place throughout wellness week!Gather some friends and register a team online at http://athletics.uchicago.edu/campus/campus.htm!

Show Your Spirit

  • Cheer on the teams competing in IM Flag Football and IM Volleyball all week long!  Games will be held the 14th -17th from 7:30 pm to 11:30 at Stagg Field and Henry Crown
  • Homecoming Banner creation Thursday night
  • Homecoming celebration Saturday