The newly formed Glen Oaks Community College Alumni and Friends Association is kicking off its first event and it is free and open to the community. “Spring into Wellness” will be held on Saturday, Mar. 18, from 9 a.m. to noon in the college’s D Wing and the Nora Hagen Theatre. The event will feature local experts on wellness, nutrition, fitness and more.  Parking is free.

Participants will have the option to attend four different 25-minute presentations beginning at 9 a.m. and running throughout the morning including the following:

  • “Foods That Make You Feel Good!” – presented by award-winning food columnist and author Laura Kurella, who will discuss, demonstrate and offer samplings of fun and fabulous ways that food can help you feel—and look—good!
  • “Salt, Sugar & Carbs – Oh My” – featuring Elizabeth Palmer, MA, RD, dietitian and Kelsey Townley, Three Rivers Health. Learn to understand how your body reacts to food.  Participants will learn about food sensitivities and realize what is important in reading food labels.
  • “Fitness for You” – a discussion by Jade Klingler, FNP, Colon Medical Clinic, will help you discover how to achieve your fitness goals and identify the fitness options right for you.
  • “Reiki, Herbs, Hypnotherapy & Acupuncture” – Representatives from Amber Myst Alternatives, Three Rivers, will share life-balancing techniques, including reiki, how to incorporate herbs into your life, hypnotherapy and laser acupuncture.
  • The feature presentation “Being Healthy is an Investment Worth Making!!” will be at 11:15 a.m. and will feature the duo Julianna Sauber, ND, CNHP, and Dr. Ashley Latva, DC., from Three Rivers Chiropractic and Wellness. The newly formed business provides a collection of holistic wellness practitioners under one roof.

 

“This isn’t a health fair,” said Pam Hughes, executive director of the Glen Oaks Foundation. “It’s much more – being a college, we wanted to be able to provide the participants with ‘mini-classes’ on wellness topics. We also wanted to do this in a way that incorporates experts from our own community,” said Hughes.

Participants will have the opportunity to win prizes including a Ninja Professional Blender, a Dunham Sports gift certificate and a 25-count membership to the Glen Oaks Fitness Center. Health snacks will be available along with other giveaways.

The Glen Oaks Alumni and Friends Association was formed last fall for people who share a common bond and appreciation for the college.

“We have had interest in moving ahead with activities for the association,” said Hughes. “We are looking forward to more events as we proceed, perhaps three to four events a year, some more social in nature while others may be more educational. As a community college, we define alumni as anyone who has taken one or more courses at the college.”