BAKER COLLEGE STUDENT, Alexi Monson, was inspired to complete an internship assignment at the college’s Residence Life and Disability Services departments, by facilitating a wellness walk coinciding with Mental Health Awareness Month. The wellness walk took place at Baker College of Owosso on Wednesday, May 31, and Thursday, June 1. Ten stations along the route offered information about mental health.
The wellness walk was a free event, with the one-mile course offering activities such as a depression screening, breathing exercises, making healthy water, and learning campus safety tips.
“I felt this walk would offer people a way to be more mentally healthy, active, and fit,” Monson shared on Wednesday afternoon. She is originally from Morris, IL, and will be graduating with her bachelor’s in human services in June.
Standing together at the start of the wellness walk were (from left) Anthony Sipperley, Da’Quan Jones, Carisa Kramer, Darian Huettner, Villain Yang, Alexi Monson, Victoria Dell, Lawrence Rowell, Josie King, Natalie Hazelton, Nicole Marvin, and Jessica LeVasseur. Many of these individuals are students in the human services program and/or members of the Teachers as Lifelong Learners Club. They volunteered to staff the walk.
“A healthy mind is as important as a healthy body, and Alexi is making it easy and fun to learn new ways to just enjoy life,” said Aaron J. Maike, Baker College of Owosso president, in a recent press release.
The college’s Campus Safety Department, the Residence Life and Disability Services departments, and local wellness/health merchants such as Evoke Wellness, Fitness Coliseum, Fortitude Outdoor Fitness, and Healthy Living by Hollie, supported the event.
(Independent Photo/Karen Mead-Elford)