Pharos-Tribune

February 25, 2013

Lunch and Learn to focus on wellness

Ivy Tech series covers health of the body, mind and spirit

by Sarah Einselen
Pharos-Tribune

— Ivy Tech today launches a series of half-hour brown bag lunch sessions about wellness.

The “Lunch and Learn” sessions sponsored by the college’s newly-formed Regional Wellness Committee start with a presentation from Stacy Lods of the Cass County YMCA.

“We’re going to talk about how to start an exercise program, how to fit exercise into your busy lifestyle,” said Lods, the YMCA’s special events coordinator. She’ll also cover how to make exercise fun and avoid burnout in the informal presentation, she said.

“Sometimes people want to get started but they just don’t know how or where to start,” Lods explained. She intends to identify resources and talk about exercise options available in Logansport.

Lods’ presentation the first of several short sessions the wellness committee plans to have on the third Wednesday of each month.

Robin Rudd, assistant to the vice chancellor at Ivy Tech-Logansport and a member of the wellness committee, said the new committee’s purpose is “mainly to get the word out about taking care of yourself, and wellness, to our students, staff and faculty.”

That includes health of the body, mind and spirit, she said, focuses illustrated in the committee’s logo. Lunch and Learn sessions in the future will include topics like financial wellness and mental health.

Informative sessions like Lunch and Learn can introduce a concept that’s unfamiliar to many, said Mike Meagher, director of the Area Five Agency on Aging and Community Services and founder of the Better Health for Cass County coalition.

“We are all just learning the wellness concept,” Meagher said. “It’s a whole new concept that we’re all having to adjust to. In old-time medicine we treated the ails — in new-time medicine we’re trying to prevent the ails.”

He’s invited Logansport Memorial Hospital representatives to Area Five for some five years, he said, to acquaint Area Five employees with wellness and how it is related to the modern health care system.

Meagher said the more forums to talk about wellness, the better. “Those are critical issues.”

Rudd said the committee tried to design the Lunch and Learn sessions, and other campus-specific wellness outreaches, to inform students and faculty alike, who may not be extraordinarily health-conscious.

“Not everybody on the committee is a wellness freak,” Rudd said. “We wanted to get a lot of diversity on the committee.”

In March, Wendy Orpert of Edward Jones Investments will address financial wellness.

“When you’re having money struggles, Lord knows that it does cause other struggles in your personal life,” said Rudd, so Orpert will talk about saving, budgeting and a little about investing.

A Logansport Memorial Hospital representative is slated to appear at the April Lunch and Learn to talk about nutrition — “what to eat, what not to eat, portions, all types of stuff,” Rudd said.

The May Lunch and Learn will cover mental wellness.

Wellness committee members decided to hold the lunch sessions in the Logansport campus community room on Wednesdays because that appears to be the busiest of the busy campus’s weekdays, Rudd said.

Each Lunch and Learn will be held at 11:30 a.m. and again at 12:15 p.m. The sessions are free but attendees must bring their own lunch.

Sarah Einselen is news editor for the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at sarah.einselen@pharostribune.com or 574-732-5151.