Mind, Body, Spirit
At Rockhurst, we are committed to promoting and enhancing the physical, emotional, and spiritual wellness of our students, staff, and faculty. Throughout the year a multitude of resources, activities, and programs are offered to assist students in functioning optimally across all dimensions of their lives.
Select a wellness area below to find out more.
Wellness is an active process that allows people to make positive choices in creating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle of the mind, body, and spirit. It includes a positive approach to life and health that helps to maximize the individual’s potential. A personal wellness lifestyle is associated with good physical health, emotional and spiritual stability, improved personal relationships, as well as increased satisfaction and joy.
In keeping with the Jesuit values of educating the whole person, our mission is to enhance the well-being of the Rockhurst University community. Through University collaboration, we strive to offer programs and services that encompass the Seven Dimensions of Wellness. These dimensions include: social, occupational, spiritual, physical, intellectual, environmental, and emotional wellness. Our goal is to promote a balanced approach to healthy living through education and maintenance of ourselves to help better our lives.
With a spirit of collaboration, the various offices seek to guide the development, implementation and evaluation of wellness programs at Rockhurst University in line with the Jesuit mission.
Building a Sound Mind involves much more than your academic pursuits while in college. In order to build Sound Mind, you must consider opportunities for cultural awareness, arts appreciation, and lifelong learning. This type of personality is often referred to as a Renaissance man, one who is committed to learning as much as possible about many fields of study. Incorporate those motivating factors and find opportunities in the local community and on campus. Below are a few ideas to consider:
a. Multi-cultural club presentation
b. Religious leader of different religion
c. Mental health expert on self-esteem
d. Counselor on dating and relating with women
e. Local government official to speak on civil duties and voting
f. Local business leader on time management
g. Local business leader on networking
h. Local business leader on his/her path to success
i. Artist to speak on his/her work
j. Musician to speak/play his/her instrument
k. Mother/father on parenting
l. Jeweler to speak on engagement rings
m. Professor to speak about becoming a teacher
n. An older individual on his/her generation
o. Military leader on military practices
p. Peace advocate on his/her issues
q. Dress for success presentation with men’s apparel company
r. Holocaust survivor on his/her experience
s. Writer on his/her writing
t. Entertainer on the business
u. Social worker on issues in society
a. Attend a play or the ballet
b. Attend a musical or concert
c. Attend a political rally
d. Visit a historical site in your community
e. Host an etiquette dinner
f. Learn to play an instrument together
g. Dine at an ethnic restaurant
h. Plan a trip abroad
READ A GOOD BOOK
Reading is a great way to learn new techniques, develop your skills, escape from a stressful day, and keep your mind engaged. Books help build a Sound Mind, and provide an opportunity to prepare yourself for your upcoming professional career. Many quality books have been written by successful business leaders and scholars on developing important leadership and professional skills.
Here are just a few to consider:
- Essential Manners for Men, Peter Post
- The Leadership Challenge, Barry Posner and James Kouzes
- Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey
- Good to Great, Jim Collins
- The Experience Economy, James Gilmore
- Love Is the Killer App, Tim Sanders
- The Art of Happiness, Dalai Lama
Attending an art museum or a concert is a great way to develop cultural awareness. Expressing an interest in the arts is also a great way to impress others and learn about the importance of creativity. Work with Student Life to appreciate the arts and learn more about the vast opportunities that Kansas City offers. Below are some examples and resources to help you plan events and enjoy the arts:
- Visit the Greenlease Art Gallery on Rockhurst campus
- Visit the Finucane Center in the Library
- Visit the Nelson-Atkins Museum located in Kansas City
- Visit the Union Station Science City in Kansas City
- Visit the World War I Museum in Kansas City
- Take an art class as a chapter or challenge.
- Invite an artist to speak about his/her work.
- Take a dance class
- Attend a musical concert on campus or in the community.
- Visit a cultural festival on campus or in the community.
- Attend a poetry reading.
- Visit the Kansas City Bureau Website for a list of events in the area
Some places to help you look include:
- Search for a museum in your area: http://www.museumca.org/usa/index.html
- Everything poetry: www.poetry.com
- Huge archive of art on-line: http://artchive.com/ftp_site.htm
KEYS TO ACADEMIC SUCCESS
Go to class!
- This one thing, more than any other, can enhance your academic success.
- Stay awake and take good notes.
- By going to class, you are introduced to the material and will learn what the instructor feels is important.
Set up a daily schedule and stick to it.
- A “to do” list that you use to check off completed things.
- Manage yourself and your time wisely.
- Do what you say you will do!
Take control of your study environment.
- Study in a place that is quiet and well lit.
- Avoid both friends and phone during your study time.
- There is a difference between being comfortable and slouching.
Shoot for an “A.”
- Grades are really important; they are a critical criteria used by recruiters when they look at your record and are also a primary admissions criteria for graduate schools.
- You may be able to rationalize that your grades are low because you are “so involved.” Research, however, shows that the most successful students are those who are involved in co-curricular activities.
Find out about exams before you take them.
- Studying for a multiple-choice exam is as different as studying for an essay test.
- Determine what information is most important to the instructor and focus your studying. Should you spend more time understanding the major concepts (essay test) or learning about more specific items (multiple choice, short answer)?
Adapted from Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity Website, 2009. www.sigep.org/ideal/soundmind.asp.
Student Body and Exercise Classes
The body is an important component of holistic mind-body-spirit connection. On a scale of 1 to 10, use the Wellspring Wellness Resource Sheet to mark your current health level in these seven essential areas.
The ‘Student Body’ Workout Room is open 24/7 and is located in Massman Hall. Your Rockhurst ID swipe card is needed for entry. Free weights, fixed-weight machines and cardio equipment are all available for you to keep track toward your greater health.
- Sound Body Ideas*
- Sound Body Wellness Tracker (PDF) *
- Fitness Blank Grid (Excel)*
- Fitness Blank Program Firm (Excel)*
- Authorized Foods List (PDF)*
- Physical-Energy-Management Strategies (PDF)*
- Sound Mind Ideas*
*Adapted from the Sigma Phi Epsilon 2009 Website. www.sigep.org/ideal/asp
Please use the following links to help you stay on track to your good health.
Body Mass Index (BMI) – Do you have more mass than your heart can handle?
Target Heart Rate – Achieving your target heart rate is key to maximizing the effectiveness of you aerobic work out.
REASONS TO EXERCISE
Everyone says we should exercise more and not be so lazy. The American College of Sports Medicine reports we should exercise at moderate intensity for 30 minutes, four or more times per week. We all know that exercise reduces blood pressure, relieves stress, increases lifespan, helps you sleep better, and prevents heart disease. It takes diligence to begin to exercise and stick to the program.
Recent research has provided more reasons to exercise and enhance the benefits from it. Below are some of those benefits:
- Prevents and reverses Type II Diabetes. Regular activity helps the body use insulin more effectively and controls blood sugar levels.
- Program: Exercise every day for 30 to 40 minutes at a mild to moderate exertion level.
- Prevents and helps control Osteoporosis and Arthritis. Weight-bearing and strength-training exercises stress the muscles attached to the bones. This stimulates bone growth.
- Program: Walk, climb stairs, lift weights, or work out on a weight machine for 30 minutes at moderate intensity four or more days a week.
- Prevents and treats back problems. Too much rest after a back injury weakens muscles. The more activity you can tolerate strengthens your back muscles and the more quickly you can recover.
- Regime: Flexing and extension exercises strengthen and lengthen back and abdominal muscles.
- Helps prevent glaucoma. Three recent studies show that exercise works as well as drugs to reduce high pressure in the eye. That pressure can lead to acute and chronic glaucoma.
- Program: Walk at a brisk pace for 30 minutes at an exertion level of two/three at least three times per week.
- Fights anxiety and depression. Exercise increases levels of “feel good” brain chemicals, such as serotonin. It also lowers levels of adrenaline, which cause negative moods.
- Program: Exercise for 30 minutes at least three times per week.
- For more information visit these websites: Men’s Health, Free fitness and nutrition trainer on-line, Government fitness site, Government nutrition site, Government health site.
Adapted from Sigma Phi Epsilon 2009 Website. www.sigep.org/ideal/asp
Work Out Stretches
The spirit is an important component of holistic mind-body-spirit connection. As we embrace our Jesuit value of Cura Personalis the spirit is a key component in a healthy lifestyle.
See the Campus Ministry Website for more a more detailed listing of the many spiritual offerings at Rockhurst.