Heading into campus this morning I couldn’t help but notice how brilliantly green and lush Corvallis looks. It seems that over Spring Break plant life in every form got together and decided it was time to make an appearance. In the spirit of new growth and a new term, I want to challenge readers to find a new way to Be Well this term. There are an abundance of resources on campus, and the beautiful spring weather makes it easy to find new activities to do outside. If there is anything you have wanted to try, now is the time! Here are just a few suggestions:
- Mindfulness Meditation: CAPS hosts these drop-in meditation sessions for students every Tuesday from 3-4. This is a great stress reducer, and no registration is required! www.counseling.oregonstate.edu
- Nutrition Outreach: UHDS offers tutorials at dining halls on Thursdays highlighting a variety of healthy eating tips. Upcoming classes focus on Quick N’ Easy meals, Snacks, and Protein. For a full list of classes as well as locations, be sure to check out their website at: oregonstate.edu/uhds
- Spring is an amazing time to start trying new fruits and vegetables as well! Local produce is more widely available each month. Asparagus, lettuce, mushrooms, garlic, onions and potatoes are all in season right now. Challenge yourself to make a new healthy meal with something grown right in this community!
- Intramural sports are an awesome way to try out a new sport and connect with new friends. They have everything from soccer to ultimate Frisbee to pickleball. For more information, visit their website: recsports.oregonstate.edu
- There are also tons of hiking and biking trails throughout Corvallis. Whether you want to try out a hike in a new spot or even ride your bike on one of the many multi-use paths in town, there is plenty of opportunity for a new adventure. Don’t have any equipment? The Adventure Leadership Institute at Dixon has tons of equipment to rent – it’s even affordable!
- OSU has so many opportunities for students to connect with each other on campus. You can learn something new about another culture by attending an event hosted by one of the seven cultural centers on campus. Here is their website and calendar: oregonstate.edu/oei
- LaSells Student center hosts a variety of events, lectures and exhibits. This is a great way to learn more about a topic of interest, or even discover something new. Head to their site for a full calendar of events: www.oregonstate.edu/lasells
Have fun, and Be Well!