Wellness Champions: From couch to 5K? Cross country team offers tips on how to get started

A journey of a thousand miles – or even 3.15 miles – begins with the first step.

Be a champion! GRCC is helping students and employees focus on all areas of health and wellness as we emerge together from the pandemic.

Wellness is a full integration of physical, mental and spiritual health. That includes physical health, but so much more. During the next year we’re also looking at emotional, intellectual, social, spiritual, environmental and occupational health, and how we all can work to help ourselves and each other.

There are many resources at GRCC to help all of these types of wellness. Each week, we’ll introduce you to people and places here on campus ready to support you on your wellness journey.

 “One of the biggest hurdles that I have faced personally is to put too much emphasis on the number of miles I need to run,” said Audrey Meyering, a two-time All-American for GRCC. “It doesn’t matter how many miles you are putting in as long as you are just being consistent and are getting outside and exercising.”

“My advice for someone going from couch to 5k would be to take it one day at a time. Each day has highs and lows and you aren’t going to instantly be able to run a 5k from day 1. Create small tasks and goals from the start of your training until the date of your race. The training is tough but by race day you’ll be glad you did it.”

Allison Hoop, 3rd year-COVID-19 Sophomore, from Jackson, MI

“Uh, don’t start out trying to go too fast, it’s okay to go slower than you think you should be going. Don’t give up even if it seems terrible, just get yourself out the door or on the treadmill. That’s all I have right now, I might think of some more the more I think about it but that’s all I’ve got”

Rose Meyer, Freshman (Grandville HS)

“- don’t be alarmed if you don’t see instant results

– patience and consistency is key

– do it with someone to keep you  on task

– running with a buddy always makes a run better and goes by faster!”

Elizabeth (Liz) Meyering

You are what you eat

Food is powerful! Each time you reach for something to eat, it is an opportunity to nourish your body, promote wellness, and heal! 

This course, led by an integrative medicine practitioner – examines dietary therapy from both traditional Chinese medical and modern functional nutrition perspectives, and gives you tips you can take home and implement in your daily life! 

Register for Food As Medicine via the Professional Development tile in your Online Center  account.

GRCC In the News 01/19/2022

Book by GRCC professor earns prestigious award

1/18/22 FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A Grand Rapids history professor has earned a prestigious award for his book on how various culture aspects shaped the United States’ relationship with the United Kingdom.

The book, Culture Matters: Anglo-American Relations and the Intangibles of ‘Specialness,’ co-edited by Grand Rapids Community College’s Dr. Robert Hendershot and Cardiff University’s Dr. Steve Marsh, was designated as one of Choice’s Outstanding Academic Titles of 2021, GRCC tells us.

GRCC’s TRIO Educational Opportunities Center team can help you with your college goals

1/18/22 eightWest

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – There’s a new opportunity for adults who may be looking to go back to school. Today, we have Teera Wilkins from Grand Rapids Community College in studio with us to talk about the new TRIO Educational Opportunities Center.

Matrícula Universitaria Gratuita en Michigan

1/18/22 latinodetroit.com

¿Qué Escuelas lo Ofrecen?

… Promesa de Grand Rapids

Ofrece matrícula gratuita en Grand Rapids Community College a los graduados de todas las escuelas secundarias públicas y privadas ubicadas en Grand Rapids, comenzando con la clase de graduados de 2020. El programa cubre el 100 por ciento de los costos de los estudiantes que asistieron a las escuelas secundarias de Grand Rapids antes del décimo grado.

(What Schools Offer It?

…Grand Rapids Promise

Offers free tuition at Grand Rapids Community College to graduates of all public and private high schools located in Grand Rapids, beginning with the graduating class of 2020. The program covers 100 percent of the costs for students who attended the Grand Rapids high schools before the tenth grade.)

Bay College Joins Michigan Community College Jobs Coalition

1/18/22 radioresultsnetwork.com

With the addition of Bay College, Michigan employers seeking today’s job-ready talent can now reach even more colleges for FREE via the Michigan Community Colleges Jobs Consortium, powered by College Central Network.

… Employers posting jobs today can simultaneously reach tens of thousands of job seekers all across the state from Delta College, Grand Rapids Community College, Jackson College, Kellogg Community College, Lake Michigan College, Monroe County Community College, Mott Community College, North Central Michigan College, Oakland Community College, Schoolcraft College, Wayne County Community College District, to now Bay College.

Family Saturday Swim is BACK

Just as the cold winter winds blow and the snow piles up and you’re dreaming of sunshine and warmer weather — an opportunity comes along to enjoy a Saturday morning in the Fieldhouse pool with your family! 

Save the date of Saturday February 5, 2022 (10 a.m.-12 p.m.) on your calendar!

The Fieldhouse Pool will be open for aquatic amusement and the concession stand will provide a lunch to all participants (courtesy of HR).

Then you can stick around and continue the family fun as the Raider Basketball teams play at 1 p.m. (women’s) and 3 p.m. (men’s) in the arena. Admission is free!

Please register so we can keep track of the participant number.

Questions or more information contact angelasalinas@grcc.edu

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Support Staff Professional Development (SSPD) Grant

The GRCC Grants Department is accepting applications for the Support Staff Professional Development (SSPD) grant program. The purpose of the award is to encourage support staff to improve their professional skills related to their GRCC assignments. Awards are for amounts up to $2,500 and the deadline is Friday, January 21, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.

The SSPD application packet and guidelines are available on the Grants Department webpage at grcc.edu/sspdgrants. Applications must include a supervisor’s approval form, a budget form, and budget documentation. Be sure to read and follow the application and guidelines carefully. If you have any questions, please contact Kim Squiers at kimsquiers@grcc.edu. Good luck!

GRCC plans Jan. 19 clinic to provide students, employees and community members COVID-19 vaccinations, boosters

GRCC plans Jan. 19 clinic to provide students, employees and community members COVID-19 vaccinations, boosters

Grand Rapids Community College is planning a COVID-19 vaccination clinic for students, employees, and community members for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 19 in the Raider Grill in the Student Center, 122 Lyon St. NE.

No appointment is needed for the clinic, the latest in a series conducted at the college. About 300 people have so far been assisted in campus vaccination clinics.

The clinic will offer COVID-19 vaccinations as well as booster shots. Vaccines have been determined to be the most effective tool in preventing serious illness and hospitalization due to COVID-19.

People wishing to obtain the vaccines or booster shots can save time and create an account and fill out the required vaccine form in advance: https://www.visit.covidsecureapp.com/michigan.

The clinics are part of a series of wellness protocols intended to help GRCC students, employees and community members.

The campus is requiring face-coverings indoors, and has posted face-covering dispensers near entrances in many buildings.

On-campus class sizes are limited to 75 percent capacity, and the college has replaced two-person desks with single-person desks in most classrooms.

The college also has installed new furniture for common areas that is intended to help with distancing.

Hundreds of hand sanitizing stations were added since the start of the pandemic, and changes were made to campus cooling and ventilation to increase air flow.

College leaders are monitoring developments with COVID-19 and its variants, and are communicating with state and federal health authorities for guidance as conditions change.

GRCC’s mission is to serve its community, and the campus has played a role in fighting the pandemic. GRCC Nursing students in 2021 administered shots into the arms of students, campus employees, and others in the spring as part of the Shot of Love campaign, a partnership with Urban Church Leadership Center and Spectrum Health.

In May, the college hosted a campus vaccination pop-up clinic, which was visited by first lady Jill Biden.

GRCC Athletics, Student Life team up to help fight food insecurity by offering free admission to fans donating to Food Pantry

Grand Rapids Community College Athletics is teaming up with Student Life to support students challenged by food insecurity, offering reduced price or free admission to two upcoming basketball games in exchange for food donations.

Spectators who bring three canned food items to the Saturday, Jan. 15 games against Lansing Community College or the Wednesday, Jan. 19 game against Muskegon Community College will be admitted free. Those bringing two canned items will be admitted for $1, and fans bringing one canned good will be admitted for $2.

On Saturday, the women’s basketball game starts at 1 p.m. with the men taking the court at 3 p.m. On Jan. 19, the women start at 5:30 p.m. with the men tipping off at 7:30 p.m.

All of the canned goods will be donated to the GRCC Food Pantry, which has served thousands of students since the start of the pandemic.

“The Athletics Department is part of our campus community, and it’s important for our student-athletes to be leaders on and off the court,” Athletic Director Lauren Ferullo said. “This is an opportunity to support our campus food pantry, but also raise awareness of the problem of food insecurity and how it affects our students.”

GRCC’s Food Pantry and snack pantries are designed to meet the immediate food needs of its students on campus by providing a variety of non-perishable food items and basic necessities to students and their families.

GRCC’s Food Pantry is located in the Student Center, and is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. Students can visit the pantry weekly. Students can register in the Student Life Office.

There are 10 snack pantries located across campus, providing grab-and-go options including granola bars and microwavable soups. They are maintained in partnership by Student Life, the English department, Psi Beta, Counseling and Career Development, Library and Learning Commons and the Tassell M-TEC. The Snack Pantries do not require registration and food is provided when available.

Information is available at grcc.edu/foodpantry.

“We’re so appreciative of GRCC Athletics, and all of the student and community groups that have supported the Food Pantry,” said Lina Blair, GRCC’s director of Student Life and Conduct. “Many of our students struggle with food insecurity, and the problem intensified during the pandemic. We’re fortunate to have a supportive community to help students overcome this obstacle.” 

Students can connect with additional campus and community resources at grcc.edu/gethelp.

The food drive is part of a conference-wide effort organized by the Michigan Community College Athletic Association.