Special Feature

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The Student Recreation and Wellness Center (SRWC) was excited to bring back the first in-person Owen’s Condition for Tuition (OCFT) celebration since spring 2019. While the scholarship challenge continued throughout the pandemic with virtual celebrations, it wasn’t the same without the energy of everyone coming together for the excitement and grand prize reveal. The 2022 recipient of the semester of free tuition was third-year, kinesiology-exercise science major, Kolton Fernandez.

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Start and end finals season strong! We have some tips and tricks you can use to ensure efficiency when studying! An essential first step for studying is picking a comfortable environment that’s free of distraction and optimal for productivity. When choosing a spot, find a location that allows for relaxation, focus and minimal distraction.

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As we near the end of winter, we also approach the end of many gym-goers’ intentional weight-gaining phase known as “bulking.” For those whose main goal is to increase muscle mass, bulking is a routine part of their yearly fitness regimen. While there is certainly a time and place in which bulking can enhance the muscle-building process, there are far too many situations in which an individual bulks too far.

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Swimming in open water can be fun, but also hazardous. However, if you are aware of and manage the risks you will have many fun adventures. Here are some tips to help you stay safe! If you’ve never been in open water before, make sure you plan and pack accordingly.

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Tea has been consumed for ages, not only for its soothing taste, but also for its many healing and restorative properties. Each tea flavor yields a handful of unique health benefits for those who partake in its consumption. Learn about some of the holistic advantages of drinking tea below!

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A new household plant is the new addition to your home you need! In fact, a plant pal is more than just a cool accent in your space. Researchers have identified many benefits that can be gained from having a household plant.

Season of Reflection and Gratitude

As we near the end of fall semester and are getting ready to enter a new year, the Student Recreation and Wellness Center (SRWC) has much to be grateful for in 2021. The whole SRWC team pulled together to prepare the building for reopening with a lot of uncertainty about how everything would turn out.

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In the area of aquatics and safety, lifeguards use the technique of scanning as a crucial tool for the safety of the environment that they protect. Scanning, or the repetitious action of surveying an area of coverage, is one of the most prominent responsibilities for lifeguards, but it works in other areas too. We all have put scanning to good use at one time, or another.

Owen's Condition for Tuition

Each year the Student Recreation and Wellness Center (SRWC) hosts the Owen’s Condition for Tuition challenge. By completing the challenge, participating undergraduate and graduate students who finish the challenge are automatically entered into an opportunity drawing to win a semester’s worth of free undergraduate-level tuition! Last spring, the Owen’s scholarship was awarded to Raya Torres, a current sophomore majoring in journalism.

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As college students with midterms approaching, finding time for exercise and personal wellness can be difficult to manage. However, remaining active and prioritizing time to partake in various activities is important to staying healthy and relieving stress. Luckily the Student Recreation and Wellness Center (SRWC) offers many ways for college students to optimize their time on campus and maintain physical activity, wellness and self-care––even during midterms and finals! 

Rock Climbing at Stoney Point Park

Just an hour north of Long Beach in the city of Chatsworth lies one of North America’s great pioneering rock-climbing locations, Stoney Point Park. This natural formation has been a popular spot for climbers since the 1950s, hosting climbing legends such as Royal Robbins and Yvon Chouinard, the founder of the global apparel company, Patagonia.

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Outdoor climbing can be a difficult world to get into. While there are some climbing spots in protected areas, or natural parks with accompanying parking fees or closures, finding a location doesn’t have to be a headache. We’ve put together a few climbing spot recommendations for you below. Before you begin, please be aware that outdoor climbing is inherently dangerous; help is often far away and the conditions are not always ideal. Also remember that all outdoor climbing areas depend on folks like you to keep it clean and undamaged for future generations.

Mindfulness and the Power of Being Intentional

Whether it’s allocating time toward finishing a good book, or taking a much-needed nap, self-care is a revolutionary act in a society that values productivity over well-being. It's evident that self-care has many benefits. Not only can it improve your mental, physical and spiritual health, but it also encourages you to create a balanced routine that you can enjoy.

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