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Healthy Active Minds Encourages Good Student Habits

By Madison Bara, Section Editor

Healthy Active Minds encourages students to attend their club meetings in Raritan Hall room 234 on the third Thursday of every month at 2 p.m. to learn about ways to take care of their bodies and mental health. 

Celia Winchester, faculty advisor of Healthy Active Minds, said she started the club because she taught mental health literacy in her ENG 121 course, and some of her students asked if there was a club on campus that focused on mental health and mindfulness. 

Winchester said, “There was not, so I started the club, [which] has been around for two years now.”

Winchester said the club focuses on teaching stress relief techniques and ways to have positive conversations about mental health.

“We do this through teaching meditation and yoga, providing creative outlets where students, faculty, and staff can relax and channel their stress energy into something that benefits themselves and the MCC community,” said Winchester. 

          Winchester said some activities the club does throughout the semester includes a yoga and meditation session to help students, faculty and staff de-stress and learn how to meditate on their own.

 “Last month, it was a big success. We had about 25 participants; there was no room to move in the Amboy room in Crabiel Hall. We are even considering doing another session in March,” said Winchester.

Winchester said she hopes that the club will help the MCC community learn that talking about mental wellbeing is healthy.

For more information, contact Celia Winchester at cwinchester@middlesexcc.edu.

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