Contact: Wendel Sloan at 505.562.2253
PORTALES--Senior citizens (65 and over) can take a wellness course of their
own design at Eastern New Mexico University this semester for only $5, and
earn one hour of college credit. Others may take the course at the regular
tuition rate for a one-hour course.
Eastern is developing the "Lifelong Wellness" program to support individual
efforts to enhance well-being and quality of life, according to Dr. Mary
Drabbs, chair of ENMU's Department of Physical Education and Health.
"Lifelong Wellness workshops are designed to help people 30 years of age and
older to start a physical activity program, to increase the effectiveness of
a current program, or to develop skills to expand physical activity into new
areas," said Dr. Drabbs.
According to Dr. Drabbs, benefits to individuals include "improved health,
increased energy and increased sense of well-being. Eastern will benefit
from improved health of employees, facilitation of 'non-work' interactions
among employees, and increased number of credit hours."
Those participating can choose the kind of exercise they prefer and the time
they wish to do it. This can include everything from walking, to swimming,
to basketball to tennis to lifting weights, etc. The only stipulation is
that it must occur on the ENMU campus. Twenty-four workouts of at least 30
minutes each during the semester are required to receive a "satisfactory"
grade. Only one workout per day can be counted.
Brown-bag presentations on health, which can be counted as a workout, will
also be offered periodically throughout the session.
All participants must be admitted to the University. There is no charge to
be admitted. For admissions information, call 505-562-2178.
For more information on the wellness program, call Dr. Drabbs at
505-562-4344, or e-mail email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org .