City Comptroller Liu Visits York for Wellness Festival

May 8, 2012 | York College

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Friday, May 4, 2012

The York College/CUNY Health Services Center recently presented a widely inclusive spring wellness festival that attracted the likes of New York City Comptroller, John Liu. The Comptroller presented the college’s Health Services Center with a commendation to mark the occasion.

“The pressures of being a college student coupled with, for many of our students working full or part time, managing family responsibilities, developing an appreciation for the importance of healthy lifestyle habits are often not seen as essential to their overall success,’” said Dr. Geneva Walker-Johnson, Vice President for Student Development. “All too often, when students think of wellness, they tend to focus on the physical dimension and assume that means exercising.  Programs like the Health and Wellness  Fair sponsored through our Student Health Service along with our community partners,  offers information on all six of the wellness  dimensions and is an excellent introduction to the  remaining five dimensions;   emotional, environmental, intellectual, social spiritual.  Developing balance in all the dimensions is the goal of achieving a Wellness lifestyle. “

The VP was also pleased with the Comptroller’s visit to York during the CUNY-wide event.

“His presence speaks volumes along three measures,” said Dr. Walker-Johnson. “It demonstrates his recognition of and shared commitment to fostering the health and well-being of our students. Second the perception that York College is in the forefront of encouraging students to think consciously about taking personal responsibility for their health and well-being and finally, the awareness that York College and our community partners are actively engaged in helping our students broaden their understanding of and commitment to all 6 dimensions of Wellness as essential to their abilities to achieve their academic and career goals.”

The nearly day-long event held in the atrium of the college’s Academic Core Building, attracted official participants such as American Diabetes Association, AIDS Center in Queens (ACQC), Food Stamp &, Nutrition Outreach Program, Jamaica Hospital, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Bureau of Immunizations and Alcohol, NY Hospital queens Blood Drive, Spiritual Evolution/Omega Fitness, Walgreen’s Pharmacy and numerous others.

York College, a senior college of The City University of New York (CUNY), offers baccalaureate degrees in the liberal arts and sciences, accounting and business, journalism, communications technology, computer science, social work, teacher education, various health professions including nursing and aviation management. York College is the only CUNY senior college offering majors in gerontology, biotechnology, information systems management and a BS/MS degree in occupational therapy. For more information: http://www.york.cuny.edu