Promoting a Healthy Mind, Body and Soul
June 23, 2011
By Stephanie Thara
Ranging in everything from the Center for Health Care Innovation at Cal State Long Beach to the Central California Institute for Healthy Aging at Fresno State, each CSU campus maintains a variety of health facilities that offer students the opportunity to gain the hands-on experience they need to excel as public health professionals.
In addition to the centers and institutions that promote wellness, CSU campuses house recreation and wellness centers that offer classes and amenities that enrich a healthy mind, body and spirit. Notable features in CSU recreation centers include climbing walls, pools, multicourt gymnasiums, indoor tracks, fitness centers outfitted with top-of-the-line cardio and weight equipment, multipurpose fitness and activity rooms, and locker rooms.
Depending on the campus, the recreation and wellness centers offer a variety of services to keep students fit and build their health education knowledge. Most centers are staffed by students, which give scholars in health-related majors a chance to practice their skills by working as personal trainers and fitness instructors. Additionally, the recreation centers offer:
- Fitness classes, such as aerobics, martial arts, yoga, weight training and dancing
- Swim lessons
- Health education clinics that educate students about topics like diet, sleep and sexual relations
- Body and nutrition assessments
- Team-building workshops that organize team tasks like boat building regattas, high ropes course challenges and rock climbing wall team challenges
- Programs that coordinate outdoor adventure trips that feature activities, such as rock climbing, snowboarding, hiking and kayaking
- A base camp for intramural sports
- Adaptive recreation for the disabled and able bodied
Along with promoting health in the community, the CSU is dedicated to maintaining the health of the environment as well. In an effort to ensure the CSU’s commitment to sustainability, most of the new recreation and wellness centers maintain green features. For example, the Student Recreation and Wellness Center at Cal State Long Beach features eco-friendly technological advances, including biometric hand scanners for entry, filtered water fountains, digital bulletin boards, LCD touch screens, digital lockers, adjustable lighting, hydration stations and waterless urinals. Similarly, Cal State Fullerton’s Student Recreation Center boasts 50 percent reduced use of potable water, 30 percent improved energy efficiency and a 40 percent increase of water savings over baseline standard.