Penn is committed to the heath and well-being of all students, faculty and staff. Dr. Dubé is the University of Pennsylvania’s inaugural Chief Wellness Officer. The Wellness at Penn website provides eight categories of wellness:
Adapted from the Wellness Wheel of SAMHSA (the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the US Department of Health and Human Services)
On April 25, 2019, Amanpreet (Aman) Kaur, Community Health and Engineering Librarian at the Biomedical Library, and her team’s idea of “Weekly Themed Walks” was selected as one of the finalists for Penn Wellness’ Big Pitch event, which invited students, staff and faculty to pitch their ideas for innovative wellness programming for the community.
Aman has also developed the Relaxation Room at the Biomedical Library:
On May 30th, Aman provided us with a tour of the Relaxation Room in support of the Sow, Nurture and Grow: Cultivate Your Purpose theme of this year’s SALT (Student Affairs Leadership Team) conference at Penn:
- There are spaces for physical, intellectual and spiritual relaxation, including yoga mats, chair yoga and prayer mat.
- There are spaces for drawing, coloring, sensorial manipulatives, puzzles and even an Operation game!
- There are relaxing sounds stations where you can scan QR codes with your cellular device and listen with a headphone.
- There is an adjacent room that can be accessed for more interactional activities.
- There are some general rules for utilizing the Relaxation Room in order to make it a peaceful and helpful space for everyone.
And, of course, get some studying and research done before or after your relaxation, as the Biomedical Library continues to be a great Study Spot at Penn!
For more information about the Biomedical Library, also see our prior blog: Study Spots: Biomed Library.
By Staff Writer: Min Derry, Learning Instructor, Weingarten Learning Resources Center.