Joel Reece, an Exercise and Sport Science professor, said he envisions the new Seasider Wellness Program as a way for students and faculty to improve their quality of life. Reece said his passion is helping people improve their health and in return their lives.
“There are different dimensions to wellness,” Reece said. “There is the physical, spiritual, social, and intellectual. They are all intertwined with one another. The Seasider Wellness Program encompasses and reminds us of total well-being. We set challenges to meet those aspects of wellness.”
According to Reese, the program is accessible via Canvas. Students and faculty can sign up there and participate in the challenges. This semester, Reece’s goal for the Seasider Wellness Program is to create more challenges emphasizing all aspects of wellness and to try and make fun ways to do them.
Practicing what he preaches, Reese said he participates in the wellness challenges. “Doing these challenges is more of a grassroots effort. We want the students and faculty to be involved.”
He looks to Christ’s example in Luke 2:52 where it says people can follow the Savior’s example and “increase in wisdom and stature.”
Vance Smith, a senior missionary, helps with the Wellness Program and said, “Most illnesses are associated with a lack of exercise. The Lord gave us the Word of Wisdom and expects us to run and not be weary. The Wellness Program will help.”
Reece said, “Part of my classes are for the students to organize symposiums. We want to share things like stress management, weight loss, or even corporate wellness. This is our way of serving the school.”
Symposiums on fitness, nutrition, and stress management are scheduled for March 20, 25, and 27. A weight loss workshop is scheduled for April.
At the end of last year, Seasider Wellness hosted a Holoholo Ironman Triathlon Challenge. The triathlon was deemed “Holoholo” because participants could complete the Ironman at their own pace. Holoholo in Hawaiian mean going out for a pleasure walk or stroll anywhere or aimlessly, according to the website wehewehe.org.
Pyper Schmutz, a freshman from Utah studying marine biology, said the triathlon was what she hoped to get out of the challenge. Schmutz said between Oct. 15 through Dec. 8 she had to swim 2.4 miles, walk or run 26.22 miles, and bicycle for 112 miles to complete the Ironman and earn a shirt, which was the finisher’s prize. She stated it was harder than she initially expected.
“It was hard to find the time to complete the challenge because I was taking a lot of classes, so I ended up having to cram 14 miles of biking and 20 laps of swimming on the final days.”
After Schmutz completed the “Holoholo,” she said she felt good because she had accomplished it for herself and thinks activities like the “Lazy Ironman” are great ways to establish regular exercise. “I was proud of myself because the challenge motivated me to be healthier. It also showed me the importance of exercise. Exercise helps relieve the stress of classes.”