Heidi serves as the Director of Public Relations at Truman
Why she values wellness:
“I believe that staying active has a huge impact on all aspects of our health, both physically and mentally. It helps me keep my cholesterol in check and blood pressure down, as well as helping me manage my weight. Mentally I always feel better after I exercise, especially if I am able to work out with family, friends and co-workers.”
Advice she has for the Truman community:
Being physically well does not have to be a big production that requires lots of space and equipment. Small pieces of equipment like a stair step are easy to store and use. I tend to walk a lot and that can be done outside or inside the REC or Walmart whenever the weather is bad. If you have trouble getting motivated, find a friend to join you. There is nothing better than commiserating with a friend or colleague while exercising. Take advantage of all the great programs offered through the REC. I am not very limber and was a little nervous to try the yoga classes, but the instructors are really good about making you feel like you are doing a great job no matter if you can do all the poses or not. Finally don’t look at getting healthy as a short-term goal, but instead view staying active as part of your daily forever routine as it is something that will have lifelong benefits.
– Assistant Professor in Health and Exercise Science
– Faculty Adviser to the Sexual Health Advocacy Group and the Women’s Resource Center
How would she describe the current “typical Truman student” and how can students/faculty promote better health behaviors for Truman Students?
The current stereotype represents a student who is not mentally or physically well. Both faculty and students can counter this norm by emphasizing the importance of engaging in healthy behaviors and making it known that grades are not worth sacrificing wellness. More importantly, students (and faculty) need to recognize wellness as an active and continuous process. We should be working towards achieving wellness our whole lives. Finally, I think it is important faculty model balancing life and wellness for students. We don’t always strike this balance perfectly, but having conversations about what we are working towards and how we are attempting to balance our lives can help students think about how they can achieve balance in their own lives.
-Serves as a Pilates instructor, weight room instructor, certified personal trainer, and building supervisor at the REC
-She encourages positive exercise habits and tries to build a community through her Pilates class and offer a friendly face and assistance in the rest of the Rec center
Staying physically/ mentally healthy is important to Anna because:
She wants to live her life helping other people be the best versions of themselves, and she believes a great way to improve yourself is through fitness and wellness. She has always felt happier when putting her wellness and health first, and she wants to pass that along to others.
Advice Anna has for the Truman community:
“Don’t let the idea of wellness become overwhelming. Eating well, meal prepping, exercising every day, sleeping enough, hydrating enough, taking mental health checks, and everything else associated with wellness can seem like way too much. So take your time. Make small changes that you’re ready for when you’re ready for them. You don’t have to go 100% in right away, you’ve got your whole life to figure it out.”
– Assistant Director of University Counseling Services
– Co-chair of Truman’s Partners in Prevention coalition
What he does to promote wellness:
-In addition to helping Truman students in their individual, relationship, and group counseling, UCS staff members also provide many outreach activities. These include programs on stress management and healthy relationships
Advice Joe has for the Truman community:
“Finding some time every day to relax the mind is just as important as regular exercise. Some people need the help of a guided meditation or relaxation training in order to quiet their mind but any activity that allows you to focus on something simple and gives you a feeling of peace and calm will be helpful. The key is making it part of your daily routine.”
– Student Senate’s chair of Health, Wellness, and Safety
– Representative on the JED team
– Worked on policies to require suicide prevention training for all new faculty/staff hires
– Formed a committee to plan Mental Wellness Week
Advice Jo has for the Truman community:
“I often sense that the best thing Truman students as a whole could do for their mental, and physical, well-being is to re-think our campus culture. Getting 3 hours of sleep a night should not be admired or envied. Skipping meals or showers because you’re in a rush is, the studies show, only going to make you more stressed in the long-run, not alleviate your problems. We need to re-think the things we glorify, the things we brag about, if we’re going to start fostering a campus culture that is pro-mental wellness”
– Chair of the President’s Wellness Committee
– Host of the TruTalk podcast on campus
– Oversees the fitness instructors, weight room instructors, &
personal trainers at the REC
Staying physically/ mentally healthy is important to Janes because:
“Learning to optimize my wellness has helped me excel in all areas of my life as a result of increased energy, improved cognitive clarity, and an improvement in overall awareness of my health”
Wellness tips Janes has for the Truman community:
Start simple. Find something active and challenging which you will enjoy learning. We all enjoy the process of learning a new skill and improving, so why not incorporate this idea into your fitness routine?