Wellness seminar promotes health

In the first of three seminar programs, Student Organizations and Leadership Opportunities hosted its new Dimensions of Wellness class to help students address problems of physical and mental health on Oct. 21.

Stu Iler

Dimensions of Wellness is a new program added by S.O.L.O. this year to improve personal leadership development skills and offer students the experience necessary to succeed in various ventures later in life.

“”What constitutes wellness?”” was one of many questions asked by Directors Debbie Pino-Saballett and Lupe Samaniego-Kraus, who addressed students during the hour-long program.

Samaniego-Kraus said she wanted to “”encourage students to access faculty”” at UCSD and to “”become more active.””

Students were asked to identify different terms associated with wellness, as well as to work in groups to sketch a pyramid of what the group felt were important elements of health.

Joe McCollam was one of 22 students in attendance and said the program helped him foster more awareness of his health.

“”I have become more conscious of my health since high school,”” McCollam said.

Along with other students, McCollam is attempting to fulfill the requirements needed to acquire a UCSD Leadership Certificate. The certificate is conferred after participating in a minimum of 10 S.O.L.O. events throughout the year.

The leadership certificate, which is available to all students, can be accessed by picking up a passport from the S.O.L.O. office. According to S.O.L.O., the passport is simply a means of keeping track of S.O.L.O. classes attended for the year and is stamped at every meeting.

Pino-Saballett and Samaniego-Kraus said they support more positive programs for students, which can facilitate their college experience as a whole and broaden their dimensions of health and wellness.

McCollam said the class inspired him to make personal improvements.

“”I don’t eat as healthy as I should,”” McCollam said. “”Maybe this can help me improve my mental and spiritual health as well.””