Wellness Life Coaching
PTS is pleased to make Wellness Life Coaching available and affordable on campus for students and spouses again this year as an alternative or a complement to traditional counseling and/or spiritual direction. Wellness coaching provides guidance and support for individuals who want to make lifestyle changes important to their well-being such as eating in a healthier way, sticking to an exercise schedule, managing time effectively, or dealing with chronic health challenges. Referrals are through the Office of Student Counseling. Student accounts will be charged $10 for 10 session and $15 thereafter. Wellness coaching typically caps at 12 sessions.
Self-Care and Wellness Assessment
The Office of Student Counseling would like to invite you to fill out an 80-question Self-Care and Wellness Assessment and Goal-Setting Tool. Both resources are intended to help you assess your
strengths in four overlapping areas of wellness. A printed copy of the assessment is available in the lobby of Scheide Hall. More information and a downloadable PDF can be viewed here.
Fitness Classes at PTS
Each year trained fitness instructors from within the Seminary community step forward to offer a handful of different classes to get your heart pumping and help relieve stress. You can pick up a registration form from any of the instructors or download here. You can also stop by the Office of Student Life (210 Templeton) to pick one up. A $25 fee each year will allow you to take as many classes as you like. Classes are open to all students and seminary employees, as well as all spouses and dependents 16 or older. If you have any questions, please contact Catherine Ahmad in the Office of Student Life (210 Templeton; 609-497-7880; firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Office of Student Life is pleased to be able to offer the following fitness classes throughout this academic year:
Cardio Boot Camp with Steve Belo; Mondays 7:00 to 8:00 in the Whiteley Gymnasium Cardio boot camp is an energetic group exercise class that uses cardio kickboxing, step aerobics, and boot camp style total body work outs to raise your heart rate to a calorie burning level! No experience needed. Bring a towel and water.
Children’s Beginner Dance and Creative Movement with Melanie Baum (ages 3 – 5 only); Saturdays 10:00 to 10:45 am in CRW 201 Kids Lounge Explore the elements of rhythm, tempo, shape, and space through movement with music, props and costumes. All young dancers and movers welcome, no experience necessary!
Kid’s Hip Hop Dance Class with Melanie Baum (ages 6 – 9 only); Saturdays 9:00 to 9:45 am in CRW 201 Kids Lounge Learn, create, and explore hip hop dance in a fun environment with age appropriate music and movement. Dancers will help to create choreography for a final performance open to friends and family.
Modern Dance with Melanie Baum; Fridays 10:00 to 11:00 am in Whiteley Gymnasium Building on a basic foundation of Modern Dance technique, this class will focus on creative movement, improving strength and flexibility with a slow to moderate pace. Appropriate for adults of all ages and skill levels, women and men are encouraged to attend.
Yoga with Ryan Irmer; Tuesdays 7:00 to 8:00 pm in CRW 201 Kids Lounge Yoga blends balance, strength, flexibility and power that flows from pose to pose. This class delivers a practical, user-friendly style, which is doable by individuals at any level of fitness.
Zumba with Meghan Beddingfield; Tuesdays 4:30 to 5:30 pm AND Fridays 4:30 to 5:30 pm in Whiteley Gymnasium. (Note: You may come to one or both classes) Zumba exercise classes are "fitness-parties" that blend upbeat world rhythms with easy-to-follow choreography, for a total-body workout that is a whole lot of fun. For adults of all ages and fitness levels.
Classes begin this Monday, September 23 and run through December 13. You can join in at any time! For a one-time $25 fee, you may take as many classes as you like. Please complete the attached registration form along with your preferred form of payment. These can be submitted to a fitness instructor or returned to the Office of Student Life (210 Templeton).
Fitness Recommendations from the Department of Health and Human Services
To reap the health rewards of exercise, you have to push yourself to get your heart rate into its ideal training zone, according to the American College of Sports Medicine. Your maximum heart rate (MHR) is roughly 220 minus your age. Your training zone or targe rate is 50% to 70% of that. To his that rate you need to get at least a moderate level of exercise. The Department of Health and Human Services reommends that you get at least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity, such as brisk walking, swimming, or mowing the lawn, or 75 minutes a week of vigorous aerobic activity, such as running or dancing. The department also recommends doing some type of strength training at least twice a week. For more on physical activity guidelines visit www.cdc.gov.
Wholistic Health Initiative
The Wholistic Health Initiative (WHI) involves doing our part in ministry to make God’s gift of “abundant life” real in the various overlapping dimensions of our lives: physical, spiritual, emotional, and mental. The Wholistic Health Initiative (purposefully spelled with a W to emphasize the “whole” person) is an outgrowth of the Festival for Fitness week begun in 1998. Rather than focusing on a single week of events highlighting health, the intention of the initiative is to sponsor and support events centering on wholeness throughout the year. The Director of Student Counseling advises the WHI, which is more active some years than others, in response to the initiative and interest of students.
1. Facilitate the awareness of wholistic health as an integrated and interdependent balance of physical, psychological, relational, and spiritual well being;
2. Encourage and empower students, faculty and staff to develop values, habits, and a lifestyle which support health in all its dimensions;
3. Provide educational resources and experiential opportunities to advance wholistic health and balance as a lifelong orientation involving self-awareness, responsibility, educated choice, and proactive behavior.
Ministers of the gospel are often agents in promoting the health and well being of others, but are not always appropriately attentive to their own wholistic needs. God’s interest for us is that we have a life that “abounds” (II Corinthians 9:8; John 10:10). In ministry, as in parenting, we teach by example; we can facilitate the wholeness of others most effectively when we take responsibility for the various dimensions of what health and abundant life mean for us personally.
The Wholistic Health Fair
To support the goals of the Wholistic Health Initiative, in the past the PTS community has welcomed representatives of various wholistic health practices from New Jersey and Pennsylvania to participate in a Wholistic Health Fair. The fair provided PTS community members with an opportunity to learn about and sample local services and resources. Past fairs have included free massages, chiropractic consultations, various health screenings, reiki, chi gong and acupuncture demonstrations, free “mocktails”, the labyrinth prayer walk, and information about counseling opportunities, eye health, fitness and yoga centers, nutrition, alcohol, and much more.