AU Wellness Center promoting health, fitness and relaxation
The Aurora University Wellness Center is a nurse-directed clinic that provides college-specific nursing care for all currently enrolled AU students. From the common cold to strep throat or the flu, the staff is able to test and treat a variety of conditions that are most common amongst the college student population. Services are free, with the exception of a small charge for prescription medication.
“In addition to helping students that are not feeling well,” explains Director of the Wellness Center Cheryl Block, RN, MS, “the Wellness Center provides a number of health promotion and prevention services that focus on empowering students to take active roles in managing their own health.”
For freshman social work major, Josh Guthrie, one of the Wellness Center’s newest programs, the Relaxation Room, has been an encouraging resource that helps him manage college and personal difficulties. “The Relaxation Room has allowed me to cope with stress in a healthy and effective way,” says Guthrie.
The Relaxation Room’s main purpose is to give students a quiet place to unwind and try out a variety of stress relieving activities. While there, students can listen to calming music, play with games and puzzles, or use a computer software program that helps them relieve stress.
In addition, the Center hosts several other programs including Wellness Works, a series of events to get students active, eating healthy and managing their stress. Students also are encouraged to attend free weekly exercise classes, such as yoga or zumba, and participate in the Spartan Defense program which gives students information on how to defend themselves during cold and flu season.
“Whether it’s attending one of our zumba or yoga classes, stopping in to check out our Relaxation Room, or dropping into one of our many health events throughout the year, students have a number of fun opportunities to learn how to care for themselves,” says Block.