The second annual Day of Wellness, a fun-filled day of activities for New School students that emphasize health and well being, was held on Sunday, November 20. Designed to prepare students for finals by providing them with tips and information on how to cope with and relieve stress, the Day of Wellness included tai chi, yoga, self-defense, arts and crafts, massage, biofeedback, acupressure, board games, healthy snacks, and tea. The Day of Wellness was organized by The New You, the university’s peer health advocacy program, and co-sponsored by the Office of Student Development and Activities, Recreation and Intramural Sports, Student Housing and Residence Life, Student Health Services and student leaders from Active Minds.
Stress levels have a huge impact on overall health, but stress is not something that you just have to deal with,, said Cait Vogt, a Lang student and peer health advocate with The New You. Day of Wellness was designed to give students an opportunity to focus on themselves and relieving their stress.,
The New You supports a healthy community by empowering students to be leaders who promote health and well-being. Peer health advocates discuss and collaborate on many initiatives including positive body image, sex education, social justice, well-being and stress reduction, and sustainability. Peer health advocates co-facilitate programs and services with health educators and other staff members from across the university. As of fall 2011, there are over 30 peer health advocates representing both graduate and undergraduate students from across the university.