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Poker Walk

The 19th Annual Poker Walk is back!

All WMU students, faculty and staff are eligible to participate in the Poker Walk.
Poker Walk is a fun-filled event designed to celebrate National Employee Health & Fitness Day! This year's Poker Walk offers an in-person socially distanced or virtual self-guided option. The virtual self-guided option must be completed May 18 or 19. All participants who complete the walk and turn in their completed scorecard will be entered to win one of the winning hand prizes. Winners will be announced on May 25.

In-person socially distanced option:
Tuesday, May 18

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

Registration for In-Person is available now through Monday, May 17 by 5 p.m.
Day of registration will be available. 


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Exercising for Mental Well-being

Thursday, April 22 from 11:30 a.m to 12:15 p.m. For WMU employees. Join Meredith Ganton from Holtyn & Associates, Inc. for a virtual seminar on Zoom. "Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy." Exercise isn't just good for losing weight. Research studies have shown that exercise may be just as powerful at boosting your mood as anti-depressants. Aerobic exercise releases powerful endorphins that may ease gloominess, reduce tension, and promote relaxation. Questions: Contact Katie Alkema at:

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The Healthy Way

The program is for WMU faculty and staff who want to achieve their health and wellness goals through evidence-based nutrition and physical activity guidelines, mindful eating, and behavior change strategies. Virtual WebEx group sessions are facilitated by a registered dietitian and are designed to provide individual and peer support. There are six online education sessions and a virtual one-on-one nutrition consultation with Registered Dietitian, Gretchen Kauth. Follow-up information and support will be provided by email.

Cost is $20 for non-Western Wellness and $15 for Western Wellness participants 

Virtual WebEx Group sessions are 12:05-12:55 p.m., April 15, 22, 29 • May 6, 13, 27

 Questions: Contact Beth Northuis at

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YOU at Western

YOU at Western is a personalized web portal connecting students to online tools and campus resources to help support their goals to Succeed, Thrive and Matter at WMU. The innovative digital tool promotes self-reflection, allowing students to be more proactive with their health and well-being in order to make the most of their college experience.