FITT Brits Run Out Year of Wellness with Team Effort
Nearly 30 Albion College staff (and some family members) teamed up for a group entry in Kalamazoo’s Borgess Hospital Fun Run. From seasoned marathoners to 5K walkers, the FITT Brits group capped Albion’s Year of Wellness with one of its biggest successes.
Student Health Services' Therapy Dog is a Hit With Campus Community
Student Health Services introduced Greta, a golden retriever/shepherd mix, to ease the tension of students in need of medical care. Greta has turned out to be a hit with the college community as individuals will stop by just to pet her. Kristin Tekiele and Cheryl Krause talk about the difference Greta has made since joining the campus community in a video produced by Dave Lawrence of the Albion College Communications Office. Visit the Albion College You Tube channel to view the video.
Dietitians Help Community Make Balanced Choices
While much attention is given to the food pyramid and individual groupings of food, little information is available on how to put everything together into a balanced meal plate. That’s why Terri Brownlee, regional dietitian with Bon Appetit Management Company, operator of Albion College’s dining and hospitality services, and Nancy Geik, registered dietitian with Gordon Food Service, were available outside Albion College’s Baldwin Hall cafeteria during the Wednesday lunch rush.
Brownlee and Geik’s presentation is just one of the many wellness-related campus activities planned for the academic year as Albion celebrates its Year of Wellness.
The Albion College athletic training room’s start to the campus’ theme year of wellness got an unexpected lift when Elaine Starkey, ’13, (left) donated to the Kinesiology Department the Wii Fit Plus she won at the Aug. 25 Wellness Fair.
Head Athletic Trainer Sara Koski, Assistant Athletic Trainer Jenny Sims, and athletic training faculty members Carol Moss and Scott Michel are already incorporating the Wii into rehabilitation and strength training exercises with Briton athletes.
Chris Omerza, ’12, is devoting a sizable chunk of his summer to science. As a participant in Albion College’s Foundation for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity (FURSCA), the biochemistry major is trying to determine which groups of electrons should be used to maximize magnetic interactions.
When Omerza does get out of the lab, however, it’s often not for rest and relaxation. Rather, he is most likely training for the Sept. 11 Ironman event in Madison, Wis. Omerza, who completed the Racing for Recovery half-Ironman in Monroe on June 5, will be joined in the Wisconsin race by Luke Holly, ’12. Omerza and Holly will be tested by a 2.4-mile swim on Lake Monona, a 112-mile bike ride that includes two 40-mile loops through rural Dane County, and a 26.2-mile marathon through downtown Madison streets and the University of Wisconsin campus.