Nurturing body and mind

Recreation and Wellness week offers programming for a healthier you


Matthew Fular, Ben Bolstrum, and Madison Ling

Recreation and Wellness week is in full swing, but there is still plenty of time to get in on the action. Nutrition, physical fitness and mental health are all important to overall wellness; take time this week to care for yourself and attend some recreational events.


Nutrition for Health and Wellness Club Meeting

Feb. 24 from 4 to 5 p.m.

Are you looking to improve your diet and overall physical wellness? Then the Student Activities Office (SAO) has great news, and it comes in the form of the new Nutrition for Health and Wellness Club. Indeed, better days await starting this upcoming Feb. 24 from 4 to 5 p.m. during one of the club’s first of many meetings.

As the club is getting off the ground, students and other eager participants can expect the first meeting to cover a variety of topics surrounding fitness and wellness. This includes healthy eating habits to develop and work on, the discussion of new nutritional guidelines and what a wholesome plate looks like for each meal. Each meeting will cover new topics and will occur on the last Wednesday of the month.

“I’m a retired dietician and my wish is to reach out to the college and community to encourage preventative care for diet related issues. I’ve spent more than 30 years in practice and have seen nutrition become a more complex and complicated issues than need be due to fad diets, lack of information and the stages of life that certain populations are at,” stated Kum Kum Kumar, President of the Nutrition for Health and Wellness Club. “For example, we know that teenagers and young adults are more likely to struggle with their weight due to poor diet and ultimately their body image because of that. I want to make it more fun to be healthy.”

Get ready, get set and get healthy, Ocelots. The wholesome life is waiting for you at the

Nutrition for Health and Wellness Club’s meetings on Zoom at

Meeting ID: 841 0962 0726


The Pursuit of Happyness

Feb. 24 starting at 7 p.m.

Wednesday night is movie night with the Student Activities Board, Black Student Union, Motivational Club and Safe Place. The movie on tap is The Pursuit of Happyness, a 2006 film based on the true story of Chris Gardner.

The movie follows the single father who is left to look after his son while failing to make ends meet in San Francisco in the 1980s. Mental anguish, poverty and homelessness are all a part of the real-life struggle Gardner went through. Will Smith portrays Gardner and a young Jaden Smith portrays his son Christopher as they re-enact the hardest times of Gardner’s life.

“We are empowered to break barriers, equipped to defy stigma and courageous enough to walk on the other side of fear,” states Catreese Qualls, President of Schoolcraft’s Business Club, in regard to the messages presented in the film. “Perception is powerful, but so is our ability to defy it!”

The movie will be screened in the lower level of the VisTaTech, but the event is limited to first 25 individuals that sign up on Sign Up Genius. Be sure to sign up early if you are looking to attend and note that refreshments will be provided.

UPDATE: As of Feb. 23 the sledding event has been cancelled.

Sledding with the SAO

Feb. 25 from 2-5 p.m.

Relive the childhood nostalgic dream of barreling down a hill at top speeds with some friends in tow, all racing toward the bottom only to be greeted by a fresh cup of hot chocolate to enjoy and stay warm. All this and more may be done at the aptly named Sledding & Hot Cocoa Schoolcraft Sponsored event. This dream becomes a reality this Thursday at Hines Park on the Cass Benton Sledding Hill. The Student Activities Board (SAB) has set up this event to raise the morale of students feeling the isolating effects left by the pandemic and following quarantine.

“It’s been a difficult time with COVID and not being able to connect with other students,” explained Grace Forte, president of the Student Activities Office (SAO). “This is a great way to do so in a COVID Friendly way.”

The SAO has gone through great lengths to ensure that this is a safe, socially distanced event while remaining fun and worthwhile. Efforts to stay at least 6 feet apart will be put in place on the day to ensure attendee safety. Sleds will also not be provided to promote virus-free fun.

Don’t let this event sled on by. Bring a friend, take a hot chocolate and hit the slopes to create some memories in an isolated time.

For more information about the upcoming events, please contact the SAO by calling 734-462-4422.