Relax Before Finals with Stress-Less Week

The University of Mississippi is offering a number of ways for students to beat stress during finals with Stress-Less Week (April 30 to May 4). Activities include yoga, lawn games, massages and live entertainment in front of the Union. During Stress-Less Week the counseling center will offer all students a free midday resting space, where they will be encouraged to take off their shoes, kick back and relax. The Napping Well at the counseling center will be open Monday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will be a tech-free zone in which no cell phones, laptops, iPods, iPads or any other form of distracting technology will be allowed. Students can safely check these at the door before entering the Well. Air mattresses, blankets, earplugs and eye masks will be available. Students will be checked in and allowed a maximum of 30 minutes of quiet for their power nap. Complete silence will be maintained in the Napping Well at all times. Stress-Less Week is sponsored by the University Counseling Center and the Office of Health Promotion. Below is the schedule of events for the week (all activities in front of the Union unless otherwise noted): Monday April 30

  • Wellness Wagon – Peer Health Educators
  • Banner signing
  • Bookmarks
  • Massages by William McCammon of Full Spectrum Health and Massage from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Napping Well – University Counseling Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (tech free zone)

Tuesday May 1

  • Wellness Wagon – Peer Health Educators (includes a stress ball station and bookmarks)
  • Pet-a-Puppy from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Yoga from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Banner signing
  • Lawn games from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (includes cornhole, soccer and ladder ball)
  • Massages available by Veda Wreen
  • Union Unplugged – performance by Ole Miss Idol Paige Dineen
  • Napping Well – University Counseling Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (tech free zone)

Wednesday May 2

  • Wellness Wagon – Peer Health Educators (includes a stress ball station and bookmarks)
  • Pet-a-Puppy from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Yoga with Hailey Berich from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Massages available by William McCammon of Full Spectrum Health and Massage from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Banner signing
  • Lawn games (includes cornhole, soccer and ladder ball)
  • Napping Well – University Counseling Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (tech free zone)

Thursday May 3

  • Wellness Wagon – Peer Health Educators (includes a stress ball station and bookmarks)
  • Pet-a-Puppy from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Yoga
  • Banner display
  • Lawn games (includes cornhole, soccer and ladder ball)
  • Massages available by Veda Wreen
  • Union Unplugged – performance by Love Cannon
  • Meet and Greet with Ross Bjork
  • Napping Well – University Counseling Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (tech free zone)

Friday May 4

  • Wellness Wagon – Peer Health Educators (includes a stress ball station and bookmarks)
  • Banner display
  • Massages available by William McCammon of Full Spectrum Health and Massage from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Napping Well – University Counseling Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (tech free zone)

   

Jeans for Justice Day, Clothesline Project Highlight Sexual Assault Awareness Month

 

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi is observing 2010 Sexual Assault Awareness Month with several activities designed to raise public understanding about the problem of sexual violence and to educate participants on how to prevent sexual assault and rape.

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Professor to Promote Healthy Lifestyle in Amsterdam

 

OXFORD, Miss. – Ten percent of the Dutch are obese, and experts predict that rate will increase to a quarter of the population by 2025.

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Prestigious Fellowship Aids Study of Physical Activity Among Delta Schoolchildren

OXFORD, Miss. – Abigail Gamble, believed to be the first University of Mississippi doctoral student to receive a prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Foundation dissertation fellowship, is using the award to study the physical activity of schoolchildren in the Delta.

“We would like to determine how state, district and school-level policy, and the built environment of school recreational spaces influence in-school physical activity and weight status of children ages 6-11 years in the Mississippi Delta,” said Gamble, who was awarded the fellowship in September and is working on her Ph.D. in exercise science. “I decided to focus on children’s in-school physical activity because children spend most of their day at school and have the potential to be influenced by the opportunities they are given while at school.”

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UM doctoral student Abigail Gamble measures the waist-circumference of a student at a Delta school. UM photo by Robert Jordan.

Gamble and Blake Goldman, a UM student working toward a master’s in health promotion, are visiting 11 elementary schools in the Delta to collect height, weight and waist-circumference measurements on about 1,200 first- to fifth-graders. They are also assessing the built environment, or spaces where children play, and observing the children’s physical activity during both recess and physical education classes.

Each school that participates gets funds to purchase physical activity equipment to be used by the children during recess and/or physical education class.

Besides the on-site data, Gamble is conducting telephone interviews with state, district and school-level personnel regarding physical-activity policy.

“My hope for this project is to uncover what some of the barriers and facilitators are to providing opportunities for children to be adequately physically active while at school,” Gamble said.

She said she hopes that the results of this investigation will be directly relevant to state, district and school policy makers and administrators, and the outcomes used to directly impact children in rural underserved communities.

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Gamble collects physical activity information from a student at a Delta school. UM photo by Robert Jordan.

“Specifically, researchers will have more knowledge and a better understanding of the social-ecological factors that influence physical activity among children and how these factors relate to the weight status of children aged 6-11 years in the Mississippi Delta,” she said. “With this knowledge base, school administrators and program coordinators will be able to identify key points for intervention, while physical education instructors will be better equipped to deliver effective programs to alter children’s physical activity.”

Gamble’s work on the project is being overseen by Jeff Hallam, UM associate professor of health, exercise science and recreation management and Gamble’s dissertation adviser.

Gamble said she is doing what she always meant to do.

“As a junior working toward my undergraduate degree in elementary education, I finally realized what I wanted to do with my life,” she explained. “My passion is to help people of all ages to live healthy and with quality of life regardless of the length of one’s lifespan.”

For more information on the Department of Health, Exercise Science and Recreation Management, go to http://www.olemiss.edu/depts/hesrm/.

 

 

Celebrate Physical Fitness During May by Walking with Chancellor

OXFORD, Miss. – University of Mississippi students and Oxford residents are encouraged to celebrate May by taking a morning walk with Chancellor Robert Khayat beginning at 8 a.m. Monday (May 4) on the front steps of the Lyceum. The 1.5-mile walk will end back at the Lyceum.

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National Leader in Social Justice Speaks Thursday on Sexual Violence Awareness

‘Take Back the Night’ march, candlelight vigil scheduled April 20

OXFORD, Miss. – Two free, public programs to raise awareness of sexual violence are scheduled April 16 and 20 at the University of Mississippi.

Keith Edwards, director of campus life at Macalester College and a national leader in social justice education, speaks at 7:30 p.m. Thursday (April 16) in Johnson Commons Ballroom. A march and candlelight vigil are scheduled from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday (April 20) in the Lyceum Circle.
Edwards’ address is titled “She Fears You: Men Ending Rape.” Founder of the Men Against Rape Society at the University of Delaware, Edwards has been widely recognized for his advocacy efforts in gender equality.

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Student Health Fair Scheduled Wednesday

OXFORD, Miss. – Students at the University of Mississippi have an opportunity to check their cholesterol, blood pressure and bone density, as well as visit with health care providers, during a health fair Wednesday (Oct. 15).

The fourth annual Ole Miss Student Health Fair is set for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Student Union Lobby. It is sponsored by the Department of Health, Exercise Science and Recreation Management. UM faculty and staff and other community members are also invited.

The purpose of the fair is to increase health awareness through screenings and education, said Allison Ford-Wade, associate professor of health promotion.

“This student health fair provides an opportunity for health screenings, knowledge and hopefully motivation to increase healthy behaviors,” she said. “Students can have their cholesterol, bone density, vision, blood pressure and hearing checked for free. They can also gather information on everything from massage therapy to the appropriate way to wash hands.”

Participants in the fair include UM Student Health Services, UM Speech and Hearing Clinic, Farese Family Dental, American Cancer Society, Baptist Memorial Hospital, American Red Cross and Henderson Chiropractic.

The event offers students a great opportunity to expand their knowledge of health trends and to meet with specialists in all areas of health care, said Kathleen Smith, a senior exercise science major from Atlanta.

“I have helped organize and recruit various health vendors to attend the day of the fair, as well as researched and contacted health companies for pamphlets or samples to promote their area of health work,” she said.

For more information on the fair or for assistance related to a disability, contact Ford-Wade at 662-915-6770 or ford@olemiss.edu.