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March 12, 2008
College Offers Free Healthy-Living Seminars
College of the Canyons is offering a free, healthy living seminar series for the public. The series of 16 seminars will explore a variety of health topics focusing on nutrition, fitness, body image and emotional well being, every Wednesday and Thursday on the COC Valencia campus at alternating lunch and evening time slots through the remainder of the eight-week challenge.
The series of public seminars is offered in conjunction with a Body-Mind Wellness (BMW) Challenge that is only open to COC students, staff and faculty.
The BMW Challenge is an eight-week comprehensive wellness program -- sponsored by the Student Nutrition and Wellness Advocates at COC (SNAC) club -- geared to improve overall nutrition, fitness and the emotional wellness. After an intensive pre-assessment of their current health, participants then commit to exercising three to five times a week, logging their fruit and vegetable intake, practicing a stress relieving technique for five minutes a day and attending weekly health related discussion seminars.
However those who are unable to attend the seminar sessions but are still interested in the information being presented can access archived BMW Challenge workshops online at www.CCCconfer.org -- so everyone can get the information to help be healthier and happier.
"This is really a neat way to make these seminars accessible to participants at both the Canyon Country and Valencia campuses and to the entire community," said Sheri Barke, COC nutrition and wellness coordinator. "The entire hour-long presentation is online so it's ideal for anyone with a busy work or school schedule who still wants to participate."
Funded by the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office, CCC Confer was designed to allow distance communication and collaboration using the latest web conferencing technology, for all staff, faculty and administrators in the California Community Colleges system.
Upon accessing the CCC Confer website, participants must create a login name and password, before being able to view the "teach and confer archives" at the bottom of the page. Upon entry to the list of archived materials simply scroll through the archived material to find the desired seminar date and topic, then click and enjoy.
Currently, the two most recent BMW seminar presentations -- "To Weigh or Not to Weigh" and "Mindfulness and Stress Reduction" -- are available for online viewing. Additional presentations will be added to the CCC Confer archives almost immediately after the live presentations occur.
Upcoming presentations include the fitness themed presentation "Keeping it Interesting" which will focus on creative approaches to the fit lifestyle, Wednesday March 12, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the in Bonelli Hall room 203, and "Healthy Eating Basics," which will explore the three basic steps to nutrition success, Thursday March 13, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the COC library room 206. Both locations are on the Valencia Campus.
"I think most everyone wants to be healthier," Barke said. "You can come and enjoy the live workshop or watch it online, so why not take advantage of these free seminars and learn a little bit about the small things you can do right now to make yourself both healthier and happier."
For more information about the College of the Canyons Body-Mind Wellness Challenge seminar schedule please contact Sheri Barke at (661) 362-3244. To view the entire BMW Challenge seminar schedule please visit www.canyons.edu/offices/Health/NutritionCoach/SNAC/events.asp.