As a public health student, I am always on the lookout for health-related organizations and activities. This year, I joined APHA (American Public Health Association) as a student member to gain awareness on health topics and issues. However, I recently discovered Cabrini’s student chapter for a national organization related to health and wellness: National Wellness Institute.
The NWI is a national organization in the United States that seeks to promote healthy lifestyles through awareness, education, and service activities. They hold annual conferences with professionals from public health organizations, colleges and universities, faith organizations, and healthcare organizations. These conferences are excellent networking opportunities and allow people to learn more about how to encourage and promote healthy habits and lifestyles.
Among other colleges and universities, Cabrini has a student chapter of the NWI that is led by students interested in healthcare and wellness promotion. Membership to the program requires an annual fee of $35 and is open to all majors, not just Exercise Science and Health Promotion or other health-related majors. As long as you have an interest in the healthcare field, want to learn more about promoting health, and gain valuable experience networking with professionals and interacting with other students, this is a perfect organization for you to join. Also, this a great addition and enhancement to your resume!
Cabrini’s chapter participates in many different activities and service opportunities throughout the year. These include but are not limited to: movie nights, organized classes to promote health and wellness such as yoga, health fairs, networking opportunities with professionals in the healthcare field, and other ways to promote health through educational brochures or flyers and organize gatherings and field trips for members.
Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and worldwide? This is why it’s so important to spread awareness and educate yourself and others on health issues. By engaging in healthy habits and modifying behaviors, we can reduce our risk of getting heart disease. One of the ways to do that is to educate younger people about the seriousness of the disease. Cabrini’s NWI organizes activities to engage students in health promotion, modify behaviors, and also educate others on campus about the many different health issues present in the country.
Recently, they organized healthy lunches for students at Cavs Corner and set up a table outside with brochures and important information on heart health. The brochures were detailed, easy to read, and provided great information for students, staff, and faculty on prevention strategies and learning more about high blood pressure. The volunteers also offered free blood pressure screening for people to become more aware of their health status and hopefully gain knowledge to choose healthier behaviors.
For more information about the club please contact Alyssa Jankowski.