Programs at the Sallie Tiernan Field House

Loving your body is not just about "loving the skin you're in"—it's also about appreciating the different aspects of yourself that contribute to your physical and mental well-being, and taking steps to ensure your overall health. With this in mind, the Sallie Tiernan Field House is offering the "Healthy Lifestyles" Program.

While some students may think of the facility as simply a new building with fitness equipment, the field house contains much more, and is run by a staff that is dedicated to promoting total mind and body strength in all students.

"We really want students to come away with this idea, that you're not only exercising physically," said field house Assistant Director Deborah Gisvold. "We're trying to create and give opportunities to students that maybe they don't normally see."

Healthy Lifestyles, a new series of seminars and workshops, involves collaboration with Student Health Services, Health Education Outreach and Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services. Its goal is to address a wide range of women's health issues and target the most important concerns for students today, from topics such as nutrition and body image to binge drinking.

One of the upcoming events of the program is a visit from Mariana Bowman, the director of Sweet Science Nutrition. Bowman will be available at the field house from 4:15 to 6:30 p.m. on March 12, April 16 and May 5 to talk with students about a wide range of topics pertaining to nutrition.

Each session will begin with a 20-minute general information session in which Bowman will address general questions about subjects such as snacking, food cravings, metabolism and healthy diet. After this, students may sign up for 10-minute one-on-one appointments to ask more individual questions.

"There will be a small session first, to answer those very basic questions many people have, and then in the one-on-ones [students] can get more personal with those questions," Gisvold said. "We're going to also make a questionnaire and tailor the questionnaire so that [Bowman] will be able to have a starting point in her conversation with somebody if they're not coming in with a specific question already."

Other events in the program focus on a variety of issues, like injury prevention and stress reduction. Many of these sessions involve partnership with other resources from the College community; one such seminar, held on March 9 from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. in Career Planning and Resources centers around careers in community health and nutrition.

As Gisvold pointed out, this integration of multiple disciplines and focuses is essential to the objectives of this semester's program.

"I think it's really about the entire program and focusing on the entire person—really creating health and wellness overall in that person so they're not ignoring any one part [of themselves]," Gisvold said.

In general, the field house wants to promote positive lifestyles and attitudes that will stick with students well past their college careers. This involves a wide range of programming to reach the maximum number of people. After all, the path to health is highly individual, yet the ultimate goal of living the most wholesome life possible is something everyone can share.

There are still people we need to reach, and we're getting out there and that's part of this particular seminar," Gisvold said. "We're trying to give people ideas so that they can discover at least one or two things that maybe they've never tried, but will like, and they can find something that they can do for a lifetime."

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