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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
No. COC-NR.09.28.12-BMWfall-SC
September 28, 2012
 
College of the Canyons to Host Body-Mind-Wellness Fair on Oct. 10
BMWlogoStress, negative body image and domestic violence are just some of the many issues that can plague the body and the mind. In October, College of the Canyons will host the “Body-Mind-Wellness For a Better Life” community resource fair as the kickoff event of a two-month-long seminar series focused on body-mind-wellness and how to maintain it.
 
“The goal of this series of events is to raise awareness about prevention and treatment options for the many challenges to our well being such as domestic violence, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, drug and alcohol abuse, sexual assault and post-traumatic stress disorder,” said Sheri Barke, sports and wellness dietitian at the COC Student Health Center and one of the event organizers.
 
The resource fair will be held from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10 in the Honor Grove, located on the Valencia campus. The event is open to the public and will include live music, food, a fashion show and a raffle drawing.
 
The acoustic trio “Women on the Move” will perform with its high-energy/folk pop songs.
 
In celebration of the human body, the Student Nutrition and Wellness Advocates at COC (SNAC) will present the “EveryBODY is Beautiful” fashion show featuring volunteer student models from 1:15 to 1:45 p.m. on the day of the event.
 
Attendees will also have the chance to decorate a T-shirt in the name of a victim or survivor of domestic violence to include in the college’s ongoing Clothesline Project display. Clothesline Project pins will be on sale for $10 ($5 for students) and will benefit the national Clothesline Project (CLP) program, which addresses violence against women.
 
The college’s Gamma Beta Phi club will also be accepting toiletries, gift cards to major grocery stores, cleaning products and new clothing to be donated to the Domestic Violence Center of Santa Clarita Valley and the Santa Clarita Child and Family Center.
 
In the weeks following, guest speakers will address topics such as body image, depression, anxiety and domestic violence. The seminars are as follows:
Sexual Assault: “Our Rape Culture”
Elise Gibson (Valley Trauma Center)
2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10
Mentry Hall, Room 240
 
Domestic Violence: “Understanding & Preventing Dating Violence”
Lori Bauer (Child & Family Center) and Linda Davies (Domestic Violence Center of Santa Clarita Valley)
4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11
Mentry Hall, Room 244
 
Women & Body Image: “The Naked Truth”
Photographer Maureen Benoit and author Hidi Lee
4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16
Hasley Hall, Room 101
 
Depression & Suicide: “Friend as a First Responder”
Ritch Green (Child & Family Center)
4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24
Mentry Hall, Room 253
 
Drug & Alcohol: “Identifying Problematic Drinking & Drug Use”
Bob Sharits (Action Family Counseling) and Tim Traurig (Light of Hope)
12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30
Mentry Hall, Room 305
 
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder & Veterans
Shawna Williams, readjustment counselor and combat veteran
4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13
Mentry Hall, Room 343
 
Men & Body Image: “What’s Eating Us? A Real Look at Men, Food, Mood & Attitude!”
A panel discussion with nutrition, fitness and recovery experts
4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15
Mentry Hall, Room 343
For more information about the “Body-Mind-Wellness For a Better Life” community resource fair or the lecture series, visit www.canyons.edu/bmw or call Connie Tripp at (661) 362-5931.