CEHD Wellness Program

The College of Education and Human Development wellness program is meant to encourage the use of employee health benefits and beyond. You are an essential part of the WMU community with and we want to invest in you and your health and well-being. On this page, find numerous health resources, wellness events, monthly tips, walking maps and more!

Monthly wellness tips

  • February 2024
    Let’s Get Moving Walking Group
    Wednesdays February 7, 21, 28 from 10 to 10:30 a.m. 
    Connect with fellow Broncos, improve your mood and get your steps in with these indoor 30-minute walks. See the attached flyer for locations and register through ExperienceWMU. 

     

    Emotional Eating – What Are You Hungry For? (Facilitated by Dietitian Gretchen Kauth)
    Thursday, February 15 from 12:05 to 12:55 p.m. in Sindecuse Rm 3131 
    This workshop will help participants identify emotional vs physiological hunger, learn why food ‘works’ as a temporary fix, and discuss strategies to help overcome emotional eating. Register at https://experiencewmu.wmich.edu/event/9666169

     

    Mental Health First Aid
    Thursday, February 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Sindecuse Rm 3111 
    Attend this session to learn how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders. Register at: https://experiencewmu.wmich.edu/event/9599747

     

    Type 2 Diabetes Medications
    Wednesday, February 21 from 12:05 to 12:55 p.m. in Sindecuse Rm 3131 
    Medication is often prescribed for people with Type 2 diabetes, but many people don’t know all they should about their medications. Join Sindecuse Pharmacist Sunny Singh as he discusses Type 2 diabetes medications. Register at https://experiencewmu.wmich.edu/event/9696340

     

    Mental Health Week and Fair (February 19-23) 

    The Fair takes place Tues., February 20 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Student Center Gathering Stairs

     

    Student Recreation Center

    Spring GroupEx and F45 Schedule

     

    West Hills Athletic Club

    Pilates Reformer Classes
    The six principles of Pilates are centering, concentration, control, precision, breath, and flow. All classes are 50 minutes. If you have three or more people you can start your own class. It is recommended you meet with a Pilates Reformer instructor prior to signing up. You will learn a few of the basic exercises and decide which class best suits your needs. The next session of classes begins March 16. Call (269)387-0410 or see https://wmich.edu/westhills/pilates.

    Visit https://www.westhillsathletic.com for additional information and details. 

     

    Upcoming Programs

    Beyond the Table:  A Diet That’s Good for You AND the Environment 
    Wednesday, March 20 from 12:05 to 12:55 p.m. in Sindecuse Room 3131
    This workshop looks at how our food choices impact the environment, what we can do to mitigate any negative consequences, and will explore healthy plant-based eating. Staff from Gibbs House will join us to discuss sustainability programs, services, research, and opportunities. Register at https://experiencewmu.wmich.edu/event/9666524
     

    Holtyn Wellness 

    2024 Wellness Assessments
    2024 wellness assessments are available now at several locations across campus. Schedule by calling Becky Thomsen at 269-251-6858 or logging into your personal account at www.holtynwellness.com. You can also complete the assessment with your healthcare provider by filling out the Medical Provider Assessment form. It is attached or can be printed at https://wmich.edu/sites/default/files/attachments/u919/2023/Medical%20Provider%20Form.pdf

     

    Wellness Workshops
    Did you know Holtyn and Associates offers free Wellness Workshops for groups of six or more on several topics including stretching, sleep, cooking with local ingredients, smart snacking, emotional well-being and more. It is a perfect way to kick off a staff meeting or add value to your lunch hour. Some programs require 30 minutes, but many can be tailored to your time frame. Visit https://wmich.edu/wellness/expressworkshops  for workshop topics and descriptions, and to schedule a program. 
     

    This month's featured recipe

    Almond- Crusted Salmon
    Wild-caught salmon has high levels of protein and omega-3 fatty acids, making it a nutritious dinner choice to support heart health and overall well-being. I subbed out the Swiss chard for Bok choy, but any greens will do! Print out the recipe.
     

    Hope Health Newsletter

    February Newsletter

  • January 2024
    Successfully Creating New Habits and Kicking the Old Ones Virtual Workshop (Facilitated by Darby Fetzer) 
    Wednesday, January 31 from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

    Based on Stanford Behavioral Scientist BJ Fogg’s book, Tiny Habits, this EQ workshop will educate participants on judgment-free, science-based methods of changing habits. This approach is far more effective than relying on motivation alone.  

    Register at https://wmich.edu/events/74296 or by emailing Katie Alkema at kalkema@holtynwellness.com.

    The Healthy Way Virtual Program (Facilitated by Registered Dietitian Gretchen Kauth) 
    Meeting virtually on Thursdays, January 30 to March 5 from 12:05 to 12:55 p.m.  

    This 6-session program is designed for employees who want to achieve their health goals through evidence-based nutrition, mindful eating practices and behavior strategies. Sessions are designed to provide individual and peer support.Register at https://experiencewmu.wmich.edu/event/9666116 

     

    Student Recreation Center

    Group Exercise and F45 Schedule 
    All classes are free the week of January 8 to 13. Save $10 on your Unlimited Pass when you purchase it before January 13. 
    Spring SRC Pickleball Leagues 

    All experience levels are welcome! See the attached flyer for more information.  

     

    West Hills Athletic Club 

    Health and Fitness Goals 

    West Hills is here to assist you with your healthy lifestyle goals. We offer FREE consultations to members and guest – providing different options for every lifestyle and budget. If weight management is one of your goals, WHAC offer Biometrics Nutrition & Fitness and Smart Start. If you need accountability in your fitness journey, check out personal training, small group training or group fitness classes. We also have intro classes for pickleball and tennis. We are confidnent we have a program to help you reach your goals in 2024.   

    Visit https://www.westhillsathletic.com for additional information and details.  

     

    2024 Wellness Assessments 

    2024 wellness assessments are available now at several locations across campus. Schedule by calling Becky Thomsen at 269-251-6858 or logging into your personal account at www.holtynwellness.com. You can also complete the assessment with your healthcare provider by filling out the Medical Provider Assessment form. It is attached or can be printed at https://wmich.edu/sites/default/files/attachments/u919/2023/Medical%20Provider%20Form.pdf 

     

    Newsletters

     

  • December 2023

    Schedule your Holtyn Wellness Assessment 

    The last day to complete your 2023 wellness assessment is Friday, December 15. Schedule now by calling Becky Thomsen at 269-251-6858 or by logging into your account at www.holtynwellness.com. You can also complete the assessment with your primary care provider by having them fill out the Medical Provider Assessment form. It can be printed at https://wmich.edu/sites/default/files/attachments/u919/2019/WMU-Physician%20Form_0.pdf.   

     

    Upcoming Programs

     
    New Year, New You! 
    Wednesday, January 10 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the SRC  

    Join us for this employee event to learn about fitness and wellness programs available on campus, sign-up for your SRC membership, try a fitness class, schedule your Holtyn Wellness appointment, and win prizes! Free workouts all day. View the event flyer

    Successfully Creating New Habits and Kicking the Old Ones Virtual Workshop (Facilitated by Darby Fetzer) 
    Wednesday, January 31 from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

    Based on Stanford Behavioral Scientist BJ Fogg’s book, Tiny Habits, this EQ workshop will educate participants on judgment-free, science-based methods of changing habits. This approach is far more effective than relying on motivation alone.   

    Weight Loss Team Challenge; West Hills Athletic Club 
    January 8 to March 17, $550 for Members and $650 for guests 

    The team challenge includes two training sessions per week with your team, one weekly group workout, customized Biometrics Meal Plan, pre and post fitness testing and body composition analysis. There will be a team award, an individual award, and weekly team challenge winners. See the attached document or https://www.westhillsathletic.com for additional information and details.  

    Newsletters
    Student Recreation Center 

    Find the adjusted hours for Finals Week and Winter Recess at wmich.edu/rec/hours . The Exam Week Fitness Schedule is attached.  

    Featured Recipe

    Green Bean Casserole (Source:  Holly Darnell, RD, ancientnutrition.com) Serves 8 

    Ingredients 

    Green Beans: 

    • 1 ½ pounds green beans, trimmed 

    Crispy Onion Topping: 

    • 1 tablespoon olive oil 
    • 2 yellow onions, thinly sliced 
    • ½ cup panko breadcrumbs (gluten free if needed) 
    • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour (gluten free if needed) 
    • ½ cup parmesan cheese (vegan or aged regular) 
    • ½ teaspoon sea salt 

    Mushroom Sauce: 

    • 1 tablespoon olive oil 
    • 8 ounces cremini mushrooms, sliced 
    • 4 cloves garlic, minced 
    • 2 tablespoons tapioca starch 
    • ½ cup vegetable broth 
    • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk (or milk of choice) 
    • ¼ cup parmesan cheese (vegan or aged regular) 
    • ½ teaspoon sea salt 
    • ½ teaspoon black pepper 

    Directions 

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a 9x13 inch pan with cooking spray.  

    1. In a large stockpot, bring water to a boil. Add green beans to boiling water and blanch 4 to 5 minutes, until almost tender but slightly crisp. Drain cooked beans in colander and immediately transfer to a large bowl of ice water to stop cooking. Drain and set aside.  
    2. Prepare crispy onion topping. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in large saucepan over medium high heat and add in onions. Cook 10 to 15 minutes until tender and starting to brown. Remove the onions and place in a medium bowl, set aside.  
    3. In same pan, add panko breadcrumbs. Cook, stirring frequently, until breadcrumbs start to lightly golden, about 3 to 5 minutes.  
    4. In the bowl with the onions, add in flour, parmesan cheese and sea salt. Remove breadcrumbs from heat and add to onion mixture. Toss until combined and set aside.  
    5. In the same pan, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat. Add in mushrooms and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Add minced garlic and cook for additional minute until fragrant. Mix in tapioca starch and str until combined and no clumps remain. Add vegetable broth and unsweetened almond milk and stir until combined. Bring mixture to a simmer and cook until thickened, about 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in parmesan cheese, sea salt and black pepper.  
    6. Add green beans to mushroom sauce and mix well to combine.  
    7. Add green bean and mushroom mixture to prepared 9x13 pan and top with crispy onion mixture.  
    8. Place uncovered pan into oven and bake 25 to 30 minutes until top is golden brown.  

    Nutrition:

    • Calories: 214 
    • Carbohydrates: 27 grams 
    • Fiber: 4.7 grams 
    • Fat: 9.1 grams 
    • Saturated Fat: 2.8 
    • Protein: 8.8 grams 
    • Sodium: 450 milligrams 
  • November 2023

    Schedule your Holtyn Wellness Assessment 

    The last day to complete your 2023 wellness assessment is Friday, December 15. Schedule now by calling Becky Thomsen at 269-251-6858 or by logging into your account at www.holtynwellness.com. You can also complete the assessment with your primary care provider by having them fill out the Medical Provider Assessment form. It can be printed at https://wmich.edu/sites/default/files/attachments/u919/2019/WMU-Physician%20Form_0.pdf.   

    Sindecuse Health Center Vaccine Availability 

    Sindecuse has quadrivalent, preservative-free influenza vaccine including high dosage for those 65 and over. The updated COVID vaccine is available as well. The flu and COVID shots can be given at the same appointment. The health center is also trying to obtain the RSV vaccine for people 60 and over as well as pregnant individuals between 32- and 36-weeks gestation. Make an appointment online at https://healthmanager.wmich.edu

     

    What's happening this month?

     
    Let’s Get Moving Walking Group 
    Wednesdays from 10 to 10:30 a.m. on November 1 (Student Center Front Entrance), November 8 (Heritage Hall Front Entrance), and November 15 (Waldo Library Front Entrance) 

    Connect with fellow Broncos, improve your mood, and prepare for the Turkey Trot on these 30-minute walks. See the attached flyer for more information. 

    Okanagan Charter Commitment Day Celebration 
    Tuesday, Nov. 7, 1-1:45 p.m. at the Gathering Stairs of the Student Center 

    Join us as Western commits to the Okanagan Charter, which calls on post-secondary schools to embed health into all aspects of campus culture and to lead health promotion action and collaboration locally and globally. Created in June 2015, the Charter provides institutions with a common language, principles, and framework to become health and wellbeing promoting campuses. 

    2023 WMU Benefit Expo 
    Thursday, November 9 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.min the Student Center Ballroom.  

    The theme, It Starts with You, will encourage you to explore how Western’s benefits and wellness programs support you and your family. See the attached flyer for more details. 

    Learn About Type 2 Diabetes Medications (Facilitated by Oliver Takum, PharmD and Gretchen Kauth, Registered Dietitian) 
    Tuesday, November 14 from 12:05 to 12:55 p.min Sindecuse Health Center, Rm. 3111 

    Learn about type 2 diabetes medication, what they do, how they are taken, and side effects they may cause. Register through ExperienceWMU by Monday, November 13.   

    Fall Harvest Cooking Demonstration  
    Friday, Nov. 17 from 12:05-12:55 p.m. in Kohrman Hall, Rm. 3302 

    Join Registered Dietitian Gretchen Kauth for this cooking demonstration featuring fall produce and foods. Register at experiencewmu.wmich.edu/event/9580527.  

    Turkey Trot 
    Saturday, November 18 at 8:30 a.m. 

    The WMU Turkey Trot is back in person!  You can run your race with everyone else at WMU or anywhere (your neighborhood, local park, trail, or even a treadmill). Participants can pick up their items at our Packet Pick-Up on Friday, November 17 from 4 to 7 p.m. There are two levels of registration. You can sign up for just the race at $25 or sign up for $40 for the race and a dri-fit long-sleeve shirt. There are multiple opportunities to win an award at the event. The awards are overall Top Male and Female in the Run and Walk Division, overall Top Non-Binary Run and Walk Division, and the costume contest. You can register for the event HERE.

    If you have any questions about the event, please contact race director Mike Berdowski at michael.t.berdowski@wmich.edu or 269-387-3115 

    Turkey Day Workout 
    November 23 at 8 a.m. (West Hills Athletic Club

    Join Dre and crew to get the calorie burn started early at this special Thanksgiving Day workout! $20 for members or $25 for guests. Call (269) 387-0410 to register.  

    See the attached document or https://www.westhillsathletic.com for additional information and details.  

  • October 2023

    Schedule your Holtyn Wellness Assessment 

    The last day to complete your 2023 wellness assessment is Friday, December 15. Schedule now by calling Becky Thomsen at 269-251-6858 or by logging into your account at www.holtynwellness.com. You can also complete the assessment with your primary care provider by having them fill out the Medical Provider Assessment form. It can be printed at https://wmich.edu/sites/default/files/attachments/u919/2019/WMU-Physician%20Form_0.pdf.   

    Sindecuse Health Center Vaccine Availability 

    Sindecuse has quadrivalent, preservative-free influenza vaccine including high dosage for those 65 and over. The updated COVID vaccine is available as well. The flu and COVID shots can be given at the same appointment. The health center is also trying to obtain the RSV vaccine for people 60 and over as well as pregnant individuals between 32- and 36-weeks gestation. Make an appointment online at https://healthmanager.wmich.edu

     

    What's happening this month?

     
    Navigating Life as a Highly Sensitive Person Workshop (Facilitated by Darby Fetzer)  
    Tuesday, October 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in Student Rec Center Room 3014 

    Perhaps you’ve suspected you or a loved one is highly sensitive. Being highly sensitive is both a gift and a challenge in today’s world. This workshop will discuss the characteristics of highly sensitive individuals and provide ways for them to navigate for optimal effectiveness and comfort. https://wmich.edu/wellness/workshop-registration.

    Toxins:  What Are We Exposed to Everyday Virtual Workshop (Facilitated by Meredith Ganton)  
    Thursday, November 2 from 11:30 a.m. to Noon 

    Toxins are hidden in household cleaners, cosmetics, cookware, and even in our foods and tap water. Increased exposure to these harmful substances can promote oxidative stress on our body. This means a higher presence of free radicals, or unstable atoms, in the body. While we can’t eliminate exposure to all toxins, this workshop will increase awareness of where these chemicals hide and how to minimize them in our environments. Register soon at www.wmich.edu/wellness/programs

    Turkey Trot 5k 
    Saturday, November 18 at 8:30 a.m.

    The WMU Turkey Trot is back in person!  You can run your race with everyone else at WMU or anywhere (your neighborhood, local park, trail, or even a treadmill). Participants can pick up their items at our Packet Pick-Up on Friday, November 17 from 4 to 7 p.m. There are two levels of registration. You can sign up for just the race at $25 or sign up for $40 for the race and a dri-fit long-sleeve shirt. There are multiple opportunities to win an award at the event. The awards are overall Top Male and Female in the Run and Walk Division, overall Top Binary Run and Walk Division, and the costume contest. You can register for the event HERE. If you have any questions about the event, please contact race director Mike Berdowski at michael.t.berdowski@wmich.edu or 269-387-3115

    SRC Pickleball League 

    The staff Pickleball league begins October 25. Sign up your team today at https://imleagues.com/spa/sport/5cd548ffb4fa4a5bac831c03aa8aea1c/home

    West Hills Athletic Club
    Fit in Fall Personal Training – October 2 to November 10 

    New personal training clients can sign up for this six-week program for $299 ($349 for Guests). Participants will receive two, 30-minute sessions per week of one-on-one training. The package cannot be shared, must be used by November 10, and is non-refundable. Other restrictions may apply. Call (269) 387-0410 for more information or to register. See the attached document or https://www.westhillsathletic.com for additional information and details.

     

    Resources

  • September 2023

    Schedule your Holtyn Wellness Assessment 

    Holtyn would love to see you this summer for your 2023 wellness assessment. Schedule your appointment online by logging into your account at www.holtynwellness.com. You can also complete the assessment with your primary care provider by having them fill out the Medical Provider Assessment form. It can be printed at https://wmich.edu/sites/default/files/attachments/u919/2019/WMU-Physician%20Form_0.pdf.   

     

    What's happening this month?

     
    Emotional Cleansing Virtual Workshop (Facilitated by Darby Fetzer) 
    Tuesday, September 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. 

    Emotional toxicity is a real problem in today’s world. Individuals may experience the build-up of negative emotions to toxic levels. This is not only harmful to an individual’s health but affects others in their surroundings as well. This workshop will look at why emotional toxicity occurs and ways to cleanse for a happier life. Register soon at www.wmich.edu/wellness.

    The Healthy Way Workshop 
    September 27, October 4, 11, 18, 25 and November 1 from 12:05 p.m. to 12:55 p.m. 
    The Healthy Way program is designed for faculty and staff who want to achieve their health and wellness goals through evidence-based nutrition, mindful eating practices and behavior change strategies. Sessions are designed to provide individual and peer support. Register soon at wmich.edu/wellness/programs
     

    Resources

     
  • August 2023

    Schedule your Holtyn Wellness Assessment 

    Holtyn would love to see you this summer for your 2023 wellness assessment. Schedule your appointment online by logging into your account at www.holtynwellness.com. You can also complete the assessment with your primary care provider by having them fill out the Medical Provider Assessment form. It can be printed at https://wmich.edu/sites/default/files/attachments/u919/2019/WMU-Physician%20Form_0.pdf.   

     

    What's happening this month?

     
    Walk Toward Wellness (Facilitated by Gretchen Kauth) 
    Wednesday, August 2 from 12:05 to 12:45 p.m. at the Sangren Fountain

    What’s better than getting in those steps over the lunch hour? Learning about nutrition at the same time! Join Register Dietitian, Gretchen Kauth for a 30-40 minute walk that includes information about food and nutrition. Register at https://wmich.edu/events/72220. View flyer

    Summer Harvest Cooking Demonstration (Facilitated by Gretchen Kauth) 
    Friday, August 18 from 12:05 to 12:55 p.m. in the Kohrman Cooking Lab, Room 3302 

    This taste-testing workshop will highlight summer-inspired recipes with fresh produce from the Gibbs House Farm. Limited to 20 participants. Register at https://wmich.edu/events/68109. View flyer

    West Hills Athletic Club 
    West Hills will be closed August 21 to 24

    The transformer that provides all electrical to the building has exceeded its life expectancy and will be replaced. We appreciate your understanding as we make this improvement to the building. See the attached document or https://www.westhillsathletic.com for additional information and details. 

     

    Upcoming programs

     
    Emotional Cleansing Virtual Workshop (Facilitated by Darby Fetzer) 
    Tuesday, September 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. 

    Emotional toxicity is a real problem in today’s world. Individuals may experience the build-up of negative emotions to toxic levels. This is not only harmful to an individual’s health but affects others in their surroundings as well. This workshop will look at why emotional toxicity occurs and ways to cleanse for a happier life. Register soon at www.wmich.edu/wellness.  

     

    Featured recipe

     
    Summer Farmer’s Market Recipe 
    Sweet Corn Gazpacho (Source: Weight Watchers) 
    Total Time:  15 min  Prep:  15 min  Serves:  4  Difficulty:  Easy 

    When you add fresh corn to an otherwise straightforward gazpacho featuring tomatoes, cucumber, vinegar, and olive oil, you get a creamier, richer texture and well-rounded flavor featuring the sweetness of the corn. Fresh corn really is the only option here, so enjoy this recipe when summer corn is at its peak. Choose yellow or bicolor corn for the deepest yellow color but know that white corn will also yield a lovely butter-yellow soup. Serve right away at room temperature, or chill for an hour or more if you want to enjoy the soup cold. 

    Ingredients: 

    • 2 ¾ cups raw, cooked or roasted corn (about 3 large ears), divided 
    • 1 ½ cup, raw or roasted cherry tomatoes 
    • 1 cup coarsely chopped English cucumber 
    • 1 cup, coarsely chopped raw or roasted yellow or orange bell pepper 
    • 1 medium Shallot, chopped 
    • 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar 
    • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil 
    • 1 tsp Kosher salt 
    • ¼ tsp black pepper 
    • 2 Tbsp fresh basil, dill or chives, chopped 

    Instructions 

    1. In a blender, combine 2½ cups corn, tomatoes, cucumber, bell pepper, shallot, vinegar, and salt; blend on high speed until smooth, about 1 minute. Add oil; blend until slightly creamy, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Add additional salt or vinegar if needed.  
    2. Divide soup evenly among 4 bowls. Top evenly with remaining ¼ cup corn, chopped herbs, and black pepper. 
    3. Serving size: 1 cup 
     

    View Hope Health August Newsletter 

  • July 2023

    Schedule your Holtyn Wellness Assessment 

    Holtyn would love to see you this summer for your 2023 wellness assessment. Schedule your appointment online by logging into your account at www.holtynwellness.com. You can also complete the assessment with your primary care provider by having them fill out the Medical Provider Assessment form. It can be printed at https://wmich.edu/sites/default/files/attachments/u919/2019/WMU-Physician%20Form_0.pdf.   

     

    UV protection in Michigan

    Protection from UV rays is important all year, but especially during the summer in Michigan.  

    The UV Index forecasts the strength of the UV rays each day. If the UV index is 3 or higher, protect your skin from too much exposure from the sun. The CDC (www.cdc.gov) recommends taking these steps:    

    • Stay in the shade. 
    • Wear clothing that covers your arms and legs. 
    • Wear a hat with a wide brim to shade your face, head, ears, and neck. 
    • Wear sunglasses that wrap around and block both UVA and UVB rays. 
    • Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher. 

     

    What's happening this month?

     
    2023 Kalamazoo Area Historic Walks 
    Fridays at 8:00 AM from June 2 to October 20; Thursday at 6:30 PM from June 8 to August 24 
    Join Lynn Houghton for another exciting year of historical walks where you will learn about Kalamazoo’s rich diversity of history and architecture. Lynn Houghton is the Regional History Curator for the Western Michigan University Archives and Regional History Collections and co-author of “Kalamazoo Lost & Found.” Walks last 60 to 90 minutes, cover approximately 1.5 miles, are FREE and no registration is necessary. Find the full schedule and additional details at https://wmich.edu/news/2023/05/71724
     

    Summer II SRC Building Hours: 

    • Monday through Thursday - 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Tuesdays & Thursdays - doors open for F45 and personal training at 6 a.m.) 
    • Friday - 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
    • Saturday - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
    • Sunday – Closed 
    Fitness Class Summer II Schedule, Student Recreation Center  

    The Summer II F45 and GroupEx schedule runs Wednesday, July 5 to Friday, August 18. We are excited to have a few instructors (Emma and Brittney) back on the schedule to teach Yoga, Pilates, and Zumba!  

    Summer II fitness passes can be purchased online or at the SRC 2nd-floor Customer Service Desk. We hope to see you at a class soon!

    Summer II Pickle Ball League, Student Recreation Center  
    Summer II Pickleball League sign-up is available for Wednesdays or Thursdays from Noon to 1 p.m. at the SRC indoor tennis courts. The summer II session dates are Wednesday, July 12 to Thursday, August 17. Registration is available online or by scanning the QR code on the flyer. SRC access is required, activate your employee benefit-eligible membership today! 
     
    Posture Focused Small Group Training, West Hills Athletic Club 
    July 10 to August 17, 2x/week (Monday to Thursday) at 10 to 10:45 a.m. or 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. 

    Sitting to much? Back, neck or knee issues? There is a direct correlation between musculoskeletal issues and body alignment. You will learn what optimal posture is and start moving with less pain and more efficiency. The program includes visual demonstration, practice, and exercise. Call to register at (269) 387-0410.   

    See the attached document or https://www.westhillsathletic.com for additional information and details.  

    View West Hills July Newsletter

    View Hope Health July Newsletter

     

  • June 2023

    Schedule your Holtyn Wellness Assessment 

    Holtyn would love to see you this summer for your 2023 wellness assessment. Schedule your appointment online by logging into your account at www.holtynwellness.com. You can also complete the assessment with your primary care provider by having them fill out the Medical Provider Assessment form. It can be printed at https://wmich.edu/sites/default/files/attachments/u919/2019/WMU-Physician%20Form_0.pdf.   

     

    Meet with Blue Cross Blue Shield / Blue Care Network

    Did you know there is a Blue Cross Blue Shield/Blue Care Network representative available every Thursday from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM for one-on-one meetings with Western employees? This person is an expert on WMU’s plans and can answer your questions about premiums, benefits, coverage and more. Schedule your 20-minute session by calling the Human Resources Service Center at 387-3620.

     

    What's happening this month?

     
    2023 Kalamazoo Area Historic Walks 
    Fridays at 8:00 AM from June 2 to October 20; Thursday at 6:30 PM from June 8 to August 24 
    Join Lynn Houghton for another exciting year of historical walks where you will learn about Kalamazoo’s rich diversity of history and architecture. Lynn Houghton is the Regional History Curator for the Western Michigan University Archives and Regional History Collections and co-author of “Kalamazoo Lost & Found.” Walks last 60 to 90 minutes, cover approximately 1.5 miles, are FREE and no registration is necessary.
     
    Find the full schedule and additional details at https://wmich.edu/news/2023/05/71724
     
    2023 Poker Walk Wrap Up 
    Thank you to everyone who participated in the 21st Annual Poker Walk! We had a beautiful sunny day for the event with 154 walkers and over 20 vendors for the WMU community to interact with at the event. Attached is the list of winners. You can also view a short video with pictures from the event at https://youtube.com/shorts/PHqhUG4Jeac.
     
    Open Pickleball at the Student Recreation Center  
    Mondays & Thursdays from 4-6 PM; Tuesdays & Fridays 11 AM -1 PM; Saturdays 10 AM - 5 PM.  
    Drop-in play is FREE on the newly renovated SRC Indoor Tennis Courts. See the attached handout for the full schedule and additional information.  
     
    Free Cardio and Weight Room Orientation  

    The SRC fitness team will help you navigate the facility in this one-hour orientation. Learn how to properly use cardio, resistance, and flexibility equipment. Discover other program options to support your health and wellbeing. Check out the flyer for more information. 

    Schedule your orientation today by contacting Maddy Mularski at maddy.j.mularski@wmich.edu or (269) 387-3683.  
     
    West Hills Athletic Club 

    West Hills is the place to be for kids this summer. Programs include Junior Pickleball, Tennis Summer Camps, Teenage Sports Specific Training and more. Adults can take advantage of Personal and Small Group Training, Biometrics Nutrition and Fitness, Massage Therapy and much more.   

    See the attached document or https://www.westhillsathletic.com for additional information and details.
  • May 2023

    Schedule your Holtyn Wellness Assessment 

    Holtyn would love to see you this summer for your 2023 wellness assessment. Schedule your appointment online by logging into your account at www.holtynwellness.com. You can also complete the assessment with your primary care provider by having them fill out the Medical Provider Assessment form. It can be printed at https://wmich.edu/sites/default/files/attachments/u919/2019/WMU-Physician%20Form_0.pdf.   

     

    What's happening this month?

     
    Sensational Salads Cooking Class  
    Friday, May 12th (Rain date Thursday, May 18th) in Kohrman Cook Lab, Room 3302 

    Join Registered Dietitian, Gretchen Kauth and Brianna McCann (Program Manager from the Office for Sustainability and Gibbs House) as well as dietetic student assistants for a cooking demonstration. This taste-testing workshop will highlight spring and summer-inspired recipes. Fresh produce from Gibbs House Farm will be featured! 

     
    Save the Date for the 2023 Poker Walk 
    Tuesday, May 16th (Rain date Thursday, May 18th)  
    Round up your Western colleagues and friends to register a team for the 21st Annual Poker Walk on Tuesday, May 16. Teams begin the walk outside the Student Recreation Center tennis courts between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Additional details and registration are available at wmich.edu/events/67813. We look forward to seeing you there!
     
    Kalamazoo Parks and Recreation Walking Challenge  
    Wednesday, May 24 to Tuesday, June 7 

    Did you know Kalamazoo has over 30 city parks? When you join this challenge, you will get a passport of all the parks in Kalamazoo. Go for a walk in as many as possible during the 14-day challenge. Bring along a family member, friend, or pet for this challenge and enjoy the outdoors. Submit the total number of parks you visit by June 7 at 5 p.m. to be entered into a random gift card drawing. Register at https://wmich.edu/wellness/programs. 

     

    Let's Get Moving Walking Group  
    Wednesdays from 10 to 10:30 a.m.  

    May 3 and 31: Miller Fountain  

    May 17:  Waldo Library Front Entrance 

    May 24:  Goldsworth Valley Pond Bridge

     

Walk your way to wellness

Walking is one of the easiest ways to get your daily fitness in! Just a short walk can help to improve your mood, boost endorphins and help you to feel your best for the rest of the day. Grab a co-worker and take a walk around WMU's beautiful campus or visit one of CEHD's three buildings: Kohrman Hall, Sangren Hall or the Student Recreation Center.

 

Want to walk more?

Join WMU's Let's Get Moving walking group! This group goes on a walk on Monday's and Wednesday's and is open to all WMU students, faculty and staff. There is no pressure to walk with the group the entire time as participants can join and leave as they see fit. Each walk is approximately 30 minutes long. Register for an upcoming walk. 

 
Risk Statement: Participation in exercise activities, fitness activities, wellness rooms and special events is purely voluntary, and individuals participate at their own risk. Participants should be aware of the possibilities of bodily injury and should understand that they are responsible for any and all costs arising out of injury or property damage sustained through participation. Should someone become injured, please notify a program or facility supervisor for assistance.