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Milligan ‘Wholly Week’ rejuvenates students’ body, mind and soul

Wednesday focused on how students can manage stress and anxiety. That night, junior Shayla Wood co-taught a yoga class with Corri Richardson, resident director of Sutton, to help students with those common hurdles.

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. (March 31, 2015) — Last week, Milligan College’s Residential Life Office urged students to engage in a unique “wholistic” approach and rejuvenate their mind, body and soul. Events took place throughout March 23—27 including discussion panels, stress management activities, exercise instruction and encouraging campus-wide emails with links to articles and videos.

“It was really great to have an overarching theme of whole-person wellness and at the same time be able to explore the unique aspects of physical, mental and spiritual awareness,” said Anderson, who hopes “Wholly Week” will become an annual event.

The week was spawned from National Eating Disorder Awareness Week (NEDAW), which happens during the same period. Anderson and junior Shayla Wood, a resident assistant who helped develop the week, wanted to get more guys involved in a campus discussion about health.

“It’s so easy to neglect whole-person wellness,” said Wood, who’s from Kissimmee, Florida. “I think God is concerned not just with our spiritual life, but our whole life.”

The week kicked off with “Mirrorless Monday,” which covered mirrors around campus. “We wanted students to realize they are beautiful and don’t need a mirror to tell them that,” said Wood.

Monday and Tuesday both focused on how students could build healthier relationships with two discussion panels between men and women called “He Said/She Said,” involving students, faculty and staff.

Wednesday focused on how students can manage stress and anxiety. That night, Wood co-taught a yoga class with Corri Richardson, resident director of Sutton, to help students with those common hurdles.

“Yoga helps you pay attention to your heart rate and breathing patterns, as well as focus on the present moment, not letting random thoughts overwhelm you,” said Wood. “You’re able to focus your mind on God and be in the moment with Christ.”

Thursday was all about physical awareness, exercise and nutrition. Friday focused on spiritual development.

“Ultimately, I hope people are encouraged and more educated because of this week,” said Wood.

To learn more about Milligan, visit www.milligan.edu.

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MILLIGAN UNIVERSITY is a Christian liberal arts university in Northeast Tennessee whose vision is to change lives and shape culture through a commitment to servant leadership. The university offers more than 100 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in a variety of fields, along with graduate and adult degree completion programs.  To learn more about Milligan University, visit www.milligan.edu or call 800-262-8337.

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