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Holistic Fitness for Clark

CUFit is a health and wellness initiative for Clark’s faculty and staff. You can find information below to develop and maintain an active and healthy lifestyle, and learn about upcoming presentations, classes, activities and tips on well-being.

COVID-19: Suspension of Workshops and Other Events

All workshops, presentations, screenings, and other events have been suspended due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

CUFit: Mind and Body

Zen Meditation

A growing body of research is showing a robust association between the practice of meditation and better mental and physical well-being. Beyond those practical effects, the ancient practice of Zen meditation provides a tried-and-true gateway to a direct and intimate experience of what it truly means to be alive and awake in a world of both bone-deep suffering and incredible beauty. If you’ve ever been interested, please do come to this brief introduction to Zen meditation and taste for yourself what it might have to offer you in your life.

This session will be led by Professor James Cordova, Chair of the Clark University Psychology Department and one of the guiding teachers in Boundless Way Zen.

Loose, comfortable attire recommended. Yoga mats are available, but feel free to bring whatever you will be comfortable, sitting, kneeling or laying on. Sessions will include guided introduction to meditation, sitting practice, walking meditation, a brief dharma talk and opportunity for dialogue about practice.

When:   Wednesdays, noon–1 p.m. and 6–7 p.m.
Where:  Bickman Multipurpose Room and Blue Room, Atwood Hall respectively
Cost:  Free

If interested, please simply come. No registration or sign-up necessary. All are welcome.

Faculty/Staff Yoga

In this 60-minute Slow Flow Yoga practice, we will work on connecting the mind, body and breath through a series of yoga poses. We will begin with a short seated meditation and then find movement as a way to connect to our senses and bring us calmness and focus. No two classes will be exactly alike. No experience is necessary and all levels are welcome. Find a new sense of stillness, strength and ease and leave the stress behind.

When:  Tuesday and Thursdays, noon – 1 p.m.
Where:  Bickman Multipurpose Room, Kneller Athletic Center
Cost:  $5/class
Contact: Sharon Griffin Edson  if you are interested in participating.

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  • For fitness apps ready to download visit My Fitness Pal
  • If you are runner, or would like to become a runner, visit the Cool Running website to learn more
  • Find running maps and map your route at Map my Run
  • No time to go to the gym? Visit Fitness Blenders website and fit in your exercise when it is convenient
  • Exercise Library/Descriptions, Exercise programs, nutrition, calculators and more: ExRx
  • Visit Men’s Fitness or Women’s Health for exercise, health and nutrition advice, fitness tips, and information on exercise programs
  • Fitivity is an organization dedicated to getting the world more active and has over 200 customized workout programs
  • Before starting any physical exercise program consider taking Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire – par-q

CUFit: Health and Safety

To learn more about Seasonal Tips and Tricks, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website to get information on Fall SafetyWinter, Spring, and Summer Safety Tips along with many more.

National Institutes of Health: Ergonomics at Work

For a collection of online health and fitness tips to help achieve a higher level of health the A to Z Wellness website is designed to provide resources that may assist your success in becoming healthier.

Visit WebMD to find information on health topics, drugs & supplements, living healthy, and more.

The World Health Organization (WHO) provides a number of links to variety of health topics and activities

Health and Wellness Advisory Group Members

Hamidreza Ahady Dolatsara, Assistant Professor, GSOM
Jessica Bane-Robert, Director Prestigious Fellowships/Scholarships
Cherilyn Bonin, Student Success Specialist
Ashley Brewer, Office Manager, Language, Literature and Culture
Mara Brown, Assistant Athletic Trainer
Trish Cronin, Director of Athletics
Andrew Dzaugis, Science Librarian
Ethan Fisher, Assistant Athletic Trainer
Allison Fong, Lecturer, Language, Literature and Culture
Sharon Griffin Edson, Help Desk Coordinator

Robin Huntley, Assistant Director, Project, Internship and Research Funding
Jenny Isler, Assistant Director Facilities, Director of Sustainability
Elyana Kadish, Title IX/Wellness Program Manager
Megan Kersting, Director Counseling Services
Susan Leo-Johnson, Assistant Director, Human Resources
Lynn Levey, Assistant Dean of Wellness and Campus Title IX Coordinator
Shawn McGuirk, Counselor and Community Education Coordinator
Arundhati Nag, Assistant Professor, Chemistry
Cynthia Shenette, Access Service Librarian
Danielle Strandson, Social Media and Marketing Communication Manager

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