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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
No. COC-NR.09.03.13-BMWFairSC
September 3, 2013

College to Host Body-Mind-Wellness Fair and Seminar Series

Negative body image, loss, domestic violence and abuse are just some of the many issues that can plague the body and the mind. In October, College of the Canyons will host the “Body-Mind-Wellness For a Better Life” community resource fair as the kick off event of a two-month long seminar series focused on body-mind-wellness and how to maintain it.

“The focus of this semester’s events is resiliency and how to overcome various challenges to our well being such as domestic violence, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, drug and alcohol abuse and other physical, mental and social health problems,” said Sheri Barke, sports and wellness dietitian at the COC Student Health Center and one of the event organizers.

The resource fair will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2 in the COC Honor Grove, located on the college’s Valencia campus. The event is open to the public and will include music, free food and a fashion show.

To help promote positive body image, the Student Nutrition and Wellness Advocates at COC (SNAC) will present the “EveryBODY is Beautiful” fashion show featuring volunteer student models on the day of the event.

The first 250 people to visit at least 10 of the fair’s resource tables will receive free food from the Kogi BBQ truck.

Attendees will also have the chance to decorate a T-shirt in the name of a victim or survivor of domestic violence to include in the college’s ongoing Clothesline Project display. Clothesline Project pins will be on sale for $10 ($5 for students) and will benefit the national Clothesline Project (CLP) program, which addresses violence against women.

The college’s Gamma Beta Phi club will also be accepting toiletries, gift cards to major grocery stores, cleaning products and new clothing to be donated to the Domestic Violence Center of Santa Clarita Valley and the Santa Clarita Child and Family Center.

In the weeks following the “Body-Mind-Wellness For a Better Life” community resource fair, the college will invite a series of guest speakers onto campus to present the ongoing lecture series below:

Life After Domestic Violence
Linda Davies, Executive Director, Domestic Violence Center of Santa Clarita Valley
11 a.m. to noon. Thursday, Oct. 3
Student Center, Staff Dining Room
 
Life After Incarceration
Former Prison Inmate & Katie Coleman, COC Sociology adjunct faculty
11 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8
Student Center, Staff Dining Room
 
Life After Loss
Darlene Mininni, PhD. MPH, author of “The Emotional Toolkit”
11 a.m. to noon. Wednesday, Oct. 16
Student Center, Staff Dining Room
 
Life After Drugs/Alcohol
Bob Sharits, CATC Action Family Counseling
2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24
Aliso Hall, Room 104
 
Life After Sex
Audrey Burgdorfer (RN, COC Student Health & Wellness Center) and Katie Coleman (COC Sociology adjunct faculty)
11 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29
Student Center, Staff Dining Room
 
Life After Eating Disorder
Chelsea Roff, Author, yoga instructor and eating disorder survivor
2:30 to 3:50 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7
Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center
 
Life After War
“Least Among Saints” movie screening and discussion with writer and director, Marty Papazian
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12
Hasley Hall, Room 101
 
Life After Diagnosis
Lisa DeLong (Co-Founder of Justin Time Children's House) and Letty Baldaro (National Alliance for Mental Illness)
Noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21
Student Center, Staff Dining Room

The BMW lecture series is made possible thanks to grant funding provided by the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA) and the voter-approved Mental Health Act (Proposition 63).

For more information about the “Body-Mind-Wellness For a Better Life” community resource fair or the upcoming lecture series and guest speakers, visit http://www.canyons.edu/bmw or contact Sheri Barke at (661) 362-3244.


College of the Canyons
Valencia campus: 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Santa Clarita, CA 91355 • (661) 259-7800
Canyon Country campus: 17200 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country, CA 91351 • (661) 362-3800
 

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