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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato
Wellness Committee

Events - MSU

Page address: http://www.mnsu.edu/wellness/events/spring2010/

Spring 2010

MSU Faculty/Staff Yoga

  • Noon Wellness Yoga
  • Yoga for Health & Relaxation
  • Monday/Wednesday 12:05-12:50pm PH102
  • Pre-pay by the month for best bargain & convenience!  Or just Drop-in for more flexibility.
  • 2x/week = $20
  • 1x/week = $10
  • Drop-in = $3/class
  • Classes start Jan. 4th! No class on 1/18 (MLK Day)
  • Take some time out of your day for yourself.  Yoga can help people of all ages and skill levels to increase strength, flexibility, balance and reduce stress. 
  • Sarah Duda completed her teacher training at Sun Moon Yoga Studios in Mankato. 
  • For more info email Sarah at sarah.duda@mnsu.edu

  • “Yoga After Hours” 
  • Do something good for your body, mind, and soul this semester!   
  • 4:45-5:30pm , Tuesdays/Thursdays,PH 102         
  • Prepay for best bargain ($3/class)
  • 2X/week = $100
  • 1x/week = $50
  • Drop In = $5/class
  • A relaxing way to unwind from your day-modifications made for Every Body!
  • Classes begin Tuesday, January 5 and end May 6
  • ***No class March 9 & 11***
  • Instructor Honey Stempka has been teaching yoga for three years and various health/wellness classes for 11 years. She is also an instructor at Sun Moon Yoga Studios in downtown Mankato.
  • Please make checks payable to: Honey Stempka
  • You can also drop in on her class on Tue,  Dec 15th  and Thurs, Dec 17th for free and check out her classes.  These classes are at the same time as above.

Walking Trivia Challenge

  • Thursday, January 7, 2010
  • 11:30am - 1:00pm
  • Otto Recreation Center
  • Take a walk during your lunch hour and retrieve clues around campus to see how much you know about our fine university!
  • Teams and individuals are encouraged to test their stamina and their MSU “know-how”
  • Receive your clue sheet at the front desk of the Otto Recreation Center. When you have answered all the questions, return the completed sheet to receive your prize!
  • Fastest team or individual (determined by starting and ending time) will win a Wellness Goodie Bag!
  • All participants receive a prize. Questions should be directed to Jennifer Myers @ 389-3269.

Spring Forest Qigong

  • A presentation given by Lois Weber*
  • Tuesday, January 19, 2010
  • 12:00 - 12:50m
  • Centennial Student Union, Room 201 (Searing Room)
  • Qigong (pronounced che-gong), means “energy work.”  Come and learn about Qigong an ancient method of healing that has been practiced in China for thousands of years.  Each of us has energy flowing through our bodies.  When energy gets out of balance or stuck, blockages can occur.  Qigong helps balance energy in our bodies so that healing can occur.   This presentation will be informational and you will learn a simple qigong meditation. 
  • Qigong can help in the following ways:
    • for relief from pain, sickness, disease or injury
    • for relief from stress, anxiety, depression
    • for balance in your life
    • for abundant energy
  • *Lois Weber, former MSU employee, has been practicing and studying Spring Forest Qigong for almost 10 years.   She is a certified Spring Forest Qigong Instructor and Master Healer.

Spring Forest Qigong - Butterfly - Guided Healing Meditation

  • A presentation given by Lois Weber*
  • Thursday, January 21, 2010
  • 4:45-5:45pm
  • Centennial Student Union, Room 202 (Cooper Room)
  • Qigong can help in the following ways:
    • for relief from pain, sickness, disease or injury
    • for relief from stress, anxiety, depression
    • for balance in your life
    • for abundant energy
  • *Lois Weber, former MSU employee, has been practicing and studying Spring Forest Qigong for almost 10 years.   She is a certified Spring Forest Qigong Instructor and Master Healer.

Fitness for your Back

  • A presentation given by Stephanie Pipal
  • Friday, January 22, 2010 (re-scheduled from December 14, 2009)
  • 12:00 - 12:50pm
  • Centennial Student Union, Room 204 (Nichols Room)
  • This workshop will cover how to prevent back injuries with good posture and exercise technique as well as how to exercise after a back injury. The most common posture problem is a rounded upper back, when the head and shoulders round forward. Since poor posture habits can lead to back injuries, we will go over good body mechanics for sitting, standing, and lifting. We will also discuss the importance of strong abdominal muscles in the prevention of lower back injuries. For those who already have back problems, some questions that will be answered include; “Will exercise really help my back get better?”, “What is the best kind of exercise for people with back problems?”, and “Are there some exercises I should avoid?”
  • The workshop will include handouts, demonstrations, activity and a prize drawing! This presentation is for faculty and staff only.
  • Flyer (JPEG)

Aim for Eight

  • A presentation given by Lori Marti
  • Wednesday, January 27, 2010
  • 12:00 - 12:45pm
  • Centennial Student Union, Room 201 (Searing Room)
  • What is the least amount of sleep a person can get and stay healthy? Are those extreme caffeine drinks safe? Find out the answer to these questions and more when you attend this program. Everyone is guaranteed to stay awake as they play this interactive game designed to help everyone win their way to a great night's sleep!
  • There will be a drawing for prizes. This presentation is for faculty and staff only
  • Flyer (PDF)

Mount Kato Ski Event with Alumni Association

Elderly Care Issues and Tips!

  • When: Tuesday, February 16th @ 12:00pm
  • Where: Centennial Student Union 204 (Nichols Room)
  • Are your parents or loved ones reaching an age where they need just a bit more care than you can provide? 2009 Minnesota State Mankato Alumni of the Year from the Department of Social Work and owner of Elder Care Services, Inc., Sharon Chader, will present about elderly care services available in the area and help you avoid some common problems. There will be a time for questions!
  • If you have questions related to this session, please contact Linda Leech at 389-2797 or linda.leech@mnsu.edu or Jill Frederickson – Kratzke at 389-2017 or jill.frederickson-kratzke@mnsu.edu.
  • Flyer/Poster (PDF)

Minneosta State Mankato Night at Mount Kato (Cancelled)

  • Friday, March 19, 2010 (cancelled - Mt Kato closes for season on March 12-14th weekend)
  • Mount Kato

Spring Forest Qigong

  • A presentation given by Lois Weber
  • Monday, March 22, 2010
  • 12:00 – 12:50 pm
  • Centennial Student Union, Room 203 (Daniel Buck Room)
  • Spring Forest Qigong
  • Qigong (pronounced che-gong), means “energy work.”  Come and learn about Qigong, an ancient method of healing that has been practiced in China for thousands of years.  Each of us has energy flowing through our bodies.  When energy gets out of balance or stuck, blockages can occur.  Qigong helps balance energy in our bodies so that healing can occur.   This presentation will be informational and you will learn a simple Qigong meditation.
  • Qigong can help in the following ways:
    • for relief from pain, sickness, disease or injury
    • for relief from stress, anxiety, depression
    • for balance in your life
    • for abundant energy
  • Lois Weber, former MSU employee, has been practicing and studying Spring Forest Qigong for almost 10 years.   She is a certified Spring Forest Qigong Instructor and Master Healer.
  • If you have questions related to this session, please contact Diane Roggow at 389-2016 or diane.roggow@mnsu.edu

March is National Nutrition Month. march nutrition month

To learn more about National Nutrition Month visit eatright.org/nnm

  • Posters to Display
    • 1 (PDF)
    • 2 (PDF)

Faculty and Staff Lead the Pack Challenge

  • A four week healthy lifestyle challenge
  • Join Ashley, a senior exercise science major, as she guides you through four weeks of health education and goal setting. Each week a new topic will be introduced; questions are encouraged! Everyone who completes the weekly goals will get their name put into a drawing to win prizes including free personal training, one month Otto Rec Center memberships, yoga mats, and more!
  • This program is FREE and lasts four weeks, with optional weight and body fat assessments conducted to help you stay on track. women lifting weights
  • To hold your spot in the program, email: jennifer.myers@mnsu.edu or call 389-3269 by March 31st.
  • Program dates: *each class lasts 30 minutes
    • Mondays (April 5th, 12th, 19th, 26) at 12:15 pm
    • or
    • Thursdays (April 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th) at 4:45 pm
  • The same topics will be covered on Mondays & Thursdays. If you can’t make your regularly scheduled timeslot one week, you may attend the other weekly session. Encourage your coworkers to join you and make spring 2010 the year you get on track and Lead the Pack.

Self-Defense Seminar

  • A presentation given by Darlene Loiselle and Christy Herrick
  • Thursday, April 1, 2010
  • 12:00 - 12:50 pm
  • Pennington Hall Room 104
  • Want to build your confidence and protect yourself at the same time?  Come and participate in a short seminar on Self-Defense. 
  • Participants will learn to access defense skills you already posses. 
    • Learn to recognize potential dangerous situations. 
    • Learn how predators select their victims.
    • Learn techniques to protect you in everyday life and avoid or escape threatening situations.
  • Dress in comfortable street cloths and bring some form of gloves to protect your hands, as we will be punching and striking weight bags.  Class size will be limited to the first 30 employees, so please call Diane at 389-2016 to register for this class.
  • Darlene Loiselle and Christy Herrick are current professors at MSU and have been teaching self-defense for a number of years.  
  • If you have questions related to this session, please contact Diane Roggow at 389-2016 or diane.roggow@mnsu.edu

Grocery Shopping and Healthy Food Purchases and Choices!

  • Friday, April 16, 2010
  • 12:00 - 12:45pm
  • Centennial Student Union, 204 (Nichols Room)
  • Poster (PDF)

grocery bag

“Shots Fired!”

  • Presented by Carol Jensen of the Security Department
  • Tuesday, April 20, 2010
  • 12:00 - 12:50pm
  • Centennial Student Union, 201 (Searing Room)
  • “Shots Fired!” ...the last thing you’d expect to hear at your college or university. Unfortunately, this contemporary, violent event has become a reality in our schools. Today, anyone can become a victim of an Active Shooter, but despite common belief, injury or death does not have to be the inevitable outcome. The key to survival is a proper mindset, knowledge and awareness, which enables action with purpose in this high stress situation. You can survive.
  • Shots Fired On Campus is a dynamic training program designed to instill the survival mindset and teaches students, faculty and staff realistic strategies for dealing with an Active Shooter situation on campus. Combined with a brief overview of crime prevention techniques and campus climate information, attendees will increase their ability to be prepared for tragic events on campus.
  • Please call Jill Frederickson-Kratzke at 389-2017 if you have questions regarding this event.

Money and the People you Love

  • A presentation given by Ryan McKeown, CPA, CFP
  • Wednesday, April 21, 2010piggy bank with coins
  • 12:00 - 12:50 pm
  • CSU 203 (Daniel Buck Room)
  • Want to build your confidence and your ability to plan for your financial future? This presentation
    • Addresses a plan of action, yet practical, financial strategies that you can use to better balance your investments, pay less in taxes, plan your estate, etc.
    • Learn how to avoid catastrophic mistakes.
    • Learn how to take control of your financial future.
  • This presentation also focuses on prioritizing your life, not just on money, but on your personal relationships as well.  Sometimes it can feel like things are out of our control, and sometimes they are. That is when it’s best to focus on what is truly important to you, and how can you best arrange your finances to accomplish your goals.  An open question & answer session will be part of this presentation as well.
  • Ryan McKeown is currently an adjunct professor at MSU and is a frequent guest on the radio program “Your Money” which is aired on WCCO & KTOE at 8:30 am Sunday mornings.

Adult CPR & AED Certification

  • Why? It is easy to learn CPR, and you can save someone’s life! American Red Cross
  • When? Saturday, May 1st, from 9 am to 12 pm (room number given after you register)
  • How much? $15-includes non-reusable mask & gloves
  • How do I register? Call Jen Myers @ 389-3269 to register. Limited to first 15 p

Individuals with a disability who need a reasonable accommodation to participate in these events, please contact Wellness Committee at 507.389.2068 (V) or 1.800.627.3529 or 711 (MRS/TTY) at least five days prior to the day of the event.


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