Hiram College

Music, meditation and other means to mental wellness create a common thread that will weave throughout Hiram College’s HealthFest 2017, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 19. Entering its second year, the event will host Hiram students, faculty and staff as well as Health Professions Affinity Community (HPAC) and other students from Crestwood, Cardinal, James A. Garfield, Brooklyn and Mogadore high schools.

At teach-in stations dotted throughout the campus, faculty members will lead sessions on:

  • gardening for the mind, body and world;
  • the healing power of attention;
  • using technology to enhance well-being;
  • the sleep life of a college student and its potential consequences; and
  • the cognitive benefits of physical activity.

Loraine Scott and fellow drummers from The 13 Clan Mothers will create a drum circle and feminine energy. Meanwhile, Christopher Mundorf, Ph.D., assistant professor of public health, will describe how culture guides what we wear and eat, how we act and what we value. Other stations will feature sessions on meditation, depression and writers’ expressions of mental illness through their works. Plus, Emily Waples, Ph.D., assistant professor of biomedical humanities, will describe how graphic medicine can shape and change representations of pain. Waples will guide participants to create their own comics during the session.

Hiram’s newly unveiled Tech and Trek program will make a grand appearance with a surprise for Hiram students that focuses on the initiative’s “trek” component. Meanwhile, inside Hiram’s nursing suite, event-goers will get a rare glimpse of surgeries demonstrated by several Northeast Ohio surgeons, and human brain and spinal cord material presented by fourth-year NEOMED medical students while they discuss neurological conditions. This HealthFest highlight is made possible by Hiram alumnus Dr. Richard Anthony, president of the Surgical Training Institute.

Yoga sessions, chair massages, games and giveaways, as well as guided strolls along some of the campus’ less-beaten trails, will top of the days’ activities.

“Hiram HealthFest – with its distinctive combination of exposure to clinical medicine and wellness – celebrates the College’s historical strength of our academic programs that prepare future compassionate caregivers, with our commitment to making sure that all students, as well as our faculty and staff, have the tools necessary to learn to live well,” says Sandra Madar, Ph.D., professor of biology and biomedical humanities and director of strategic academic initiatives.  “We are thrilled to be able to share this remarkable learning opportunity with more than 250 high school students who have a similar passion for health.”