COC Body Mind Wellness Fair

| Community | September 7, 2017

The College of the Canyons Body Mind Wellness Coalition will be hosting its annual Community Resource Fair to raise awareness about the many local services and resources that promote physical, mental, social, and spiritual health.

The festivities will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 2 in the COC Honor Grove, located on the college’s Valencia Campus. The fair will serve as a kick-off event for a series of wellness-related seminars and events being hosted by the BMW Coalition throughout the year.

“We are very excited to offer students and community members the knowledge, tools, and support services they need to be healthy and happy,” said Sheri Barke, sports and wellness dietitian at the COC Student Health Center and one of the event organizers.

Fair attendees will have an opportunity to enjoy free food, music, and the annual “Everybody is Beautiful” fashion show at 12:30 p.m., which aims to challenge superficial beauty ideals.

The fair will also help inform students and community members about other body mind wellness seminars and events being presented on campus this semester. A full list of upcoming event dates/times is listed below:


* Mental Health and Substance Abuse
6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7
University Center, Room 258

* Listening: The Bridge Between Suicide and Life
Presentation with Kevin Berthia and Kevin Briggs
5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13
Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center


* Domestic Violence Summit
Patricia Wenskunas (Keynote speaker)
8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15
University Center

* No Texting & Driving
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20
Student Center, Atrium

* Human Trafficking Conference: It Still Happens Right Here
8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22
East PE Gym

* Art with Impact
Noon – 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27
East PE Gym

* Healthy College Cooking Workshop Series
Noon – 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10; Tuesday, Oct. 24 and Tues. Nov. 7
Student Center, Room 128

* Minute Mediation Series
Noon -1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17; Tuesday, Oct. 31 and Tuesday, Nov. 14
Student Center, Room 129

* Building Your Immune System with Sunshine
12:30 – 1: 30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12
Boykin Hall, Room 105

* Domestic Violence Center Purple Walk of Strength (Tickets are $10-$60)
7 a.m. – Noon, Saturday, Oct. 21 (Race begins at 9 a.m.)
Cougar Stadium Track

* Breast Cancer Awareness
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25
Student Center Atrium

* Safe Zone Training
2 – 4 p.m. Thursday, November 9
Mentry Hall, Room 343

* Autism Awareness Seminar
6 – 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15
Mentry Hall, Room 343

* Great American Smoke Out
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16
Student Center Atrium

* Paws for a While with Therapy Dogs
11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 29
Flag Pole

* Mental Health First Aid Training
8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 7
University Center, Room 258

The Body Mind Wellness Community Resource Fair and all scheduled seminars are free and open to the public, unless otherwise specified.

Many of these events are made possible under grant number SM061818 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The views, policies, and opinions expressed are those of the authors and presenters and do not necessarily express those of SAMHSA or HHS.

For more information about the upcoming Community Resource Fair or seminar series, visit the fair’s web page at http://www.canyons.edu/Offices/Health/BMW/Pages/default.aspx or contact Sheri Barke at (661) 362-3244.

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