Being healthy consists of much more than diet and exercise, Christi Tallent, Texas Wesleyan’s human resources generalist, said Thursday at the Well-Being Summit in Bragan Hall.

“It is your financial life, your cultural life, the community,” Tallet said. “The tribe that you have around you. It is how you give your time and serving.”

One’s well being consists of eight dimension of wellness, Tallent said, which includes physical, intellectual, environmental, spiritual, social, emotional, vocational and financial factors.

“It is also about risk management and being safe and aware and mindful of staying safe and having safe environments,” Tallent said.

Several organizations, such as Morton Fitness Center and the Theatre department, were at the summit to give students information.

Beverly Sims, a personal trainer for Camp Gladiator, came out to talk to students about their adult outdoor fitness program, which is in a corporate partnership with Texas Wesleyan.

“I am out here spreading the word about Camp Gladiator and getting people to be aware to come out and get healthy and fit by mainstream exercise,” Sims said. “You don’t have to be a size one, a size two or a size three to be in shape. You want to get that heart healthy and that is the main thing.”

Nicks Mims, the scheduling coordinator for the TXWES Community Counseling Center, said he wants more students to know about the services they offer.

“Most people have something that they need to talk about and it is kind of nice to get a subjective view on what is going on and also if they are going through something stressful at the time, then there is somebody here to help,” Mims said.

The center offers individual, couple and family counseling.

“We see anybody,” he said. “It starts at $10 and goes up from there. If you are a Wesleyan student, alumni, faculty or anything related to Wesleyan is free.”

Caitlin Rookey, a digital initiatives librarian in Eunice and James L. West Library, brought several books that are resources for students to staying happy and healthy.

“We have cookbooks, books on the Blue Zone Initiative because Texas Wesleyan is a Blue Zone University,” Rookey said. “It is also a good place to relax. We have comfortable seating so it is just kind of a safe haven in the University.”

Students talk to different Texas Wesleyan organizations at Thursday’s Well-Being Summit.
Photo by Hannah Lathen

Digital initiatives librarian Caitlin Rookey brought books to Thursday’s summit on health and happy living.
Photo by Hannah Lathen