November 03, 2011

Wellness Center plans variety of workshops

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- A variety of health and well-being topics will be the focus of upcoming workshops at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

The Student Health Center’s Wellness Center is offering the free presentations featuring the most current and accurate information available.  All workshops are at the Student Health Center Auditorium and the public is welcome.

The fall 2011 Wellness Workshops schedule through the end of the semester includes:

            •  Do I Have to Ask? Nov. 9, 5 p.m.  Most people think they could never commit a sexual assault but, sometimes there’s confusion about consent.  This session clarifies your understanding of consent and also examines how to think first of others, how to respect other people’s bodies and minds and how we need to deconstruct preconceived concepts about consent.

            •  Holiday Eating, Nov. 15, 6 p.m.  The holiday season typically comes full of built-in eating temptations.  This discussion will focus on healthy eating during the holidays with tips for navigating the buffet table, avoiding overeating, and maintaining activity levels.

            •  The Time is Now, Dec. 1, 4:30 p.m.  It is World AIDS Day and the Student Health Center Health Fair begins at 4:30 p.m. followed by the AIDS Walk at 6 p.m. to benefit the Southern Illinois AIDS Holiday Project.  Then, at 7 p.m., attend the presentation highlighting the facts of HIV/AIDS prevention and noting the importance of taking a leadership role in preventing HIV infection.

            •  You Can’t Tell Me Nothing:  Is Kanye West Right? Dec. 5, 3 p.m.  Just thinking of money and juggling finances can be frightening, even overwhelming, in the current economy.  This session suggests behavior is the basis for most financial decisions and examines the popular Kanye West lyrics “Wait ‘til I get my money right!” and how they address money attitudes and behaviors.

            •  Managing Stress for Academic Performance, Dec. 5, 4:30 p.m.  The semester is wrapping up and it’s time for final exams and the due date for some projects.  Procrastination is a common human trait and stress is a common result.  But stress can negatively affect physical and emotional health as well as academic success.  Participants will learn how to improve focus, reduce test anxiety and get motivated and ready for finals.

The Wellness Center offers information and confidential counseling regarding stress management, nutrition, substance abuse, violence prevention, sexual health, relationship violence and much more.  For more information about the workshops or the Student Health Center and the various services it provides, visit the website at or call 618/536-4441.