October 18, 2010

Wind-Down Wednesday aims to help students recharge

In the midst of midterms, Homewood’s Center for Health Education and Wellness is offering students an oasis from exams.

On Wind-Down Wednesday, Oct. 20, Levering Hall’s Levering Lounge will be transformed into an official study-free zone from 1 to 4 p.m. The idea behind the event is to give students an opportunity to decompress and recharge their batteries, according to Barbara Gwinn, the center’s associate director. During the event, students will be able to visit a massage therapist, acupuncturist or herbalist; play some games; and have a healthy snack.

Wind-Down Wednesday is one of several programs designed to create a healthier Johns Hopkins community through CHEW, the health promotion arm of the campus’s Student Health and Wellness Center. The weekly Mellow Out Monday brings Stressbusters, a team of undergraduate students trained to provide back rubs, to Q-Level of the Milton S. Eisenhower Library from 8 to 10 p.m. for free five-to-seven-minute sessions. CHEW also hosts weekly SEE for Yourself events from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Monday on the Breezeway, focusing on either sleeping, eating well or exercising.