Embracing wellness at NSCC

Darrell Cole
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Coming to balance important to personal wellbeing

Stephanie Allen speaks to participants at an NSCC Embracing Wellness Day in Amherst on Friday. She was one of three presenters during the seminar at the Amherst learning centre.

AMHERST – There are many ways in which students in the health-care field can promote wellness when they enter the work world.

The Nova Scotia Community College’s School of Health and Human Services hosted an Embracing Wellness Day on Friday that heard from a trio of health-care providers about dealing with stress and how to balance your life while serving others.

“Often we care so much about others we lose sight of our needs and find ourselves pulled in many directions, leaving us depleted and out of balance,” said massage therapist and lifestyle educator Stephanie Allen.

Allen, who was joined in the daylong seminary by naturopathic doctor Dr. Melissa Blake and psychologist Dr. Kristen McLeod, said it’s important for people to remember who they are.

“Knowing who we are is important to health and happiness, not only for ourselves and those we love, but also for those we serve,” said Allen. “You need to be motivated inside from our heart.”

She said it’s important for people to realize their dreams are possible and to find a community of like-minded people that are supportive. Having exercises and learning skills to help you live the dream are important.

Blake said people need to learn effective strategies to manage stress and reduce the native impact it can have on your health. She talked about how naturopathic medicine can help in developing a stress management plan.

McLeod talked about trauma and the preschool brain and how understanding the developmental impact of chronic stress can lead to more successful connections and approaches.

Connie Fisher-Jackson, the academic chair of the schools of health and human services and access, said students in the programs at the Springhill and Amherst campuses have been working together for several months to plan the seminar.

“It’s a student-led effort as well as faculty. It’s an opportunity to bring the schools together for the day,” she said. “It’s our hope the students will learn some new approaches for personal wellness as they prepare to be in the field of health and human services.”

Fisher-Jackson said the program was unique in that it brought both the health and human services classes together. Previously, she said, the sections had done their own smaller sessions.

Along with students and faculty, a number of representatives from the school’s partners were also in attendance including Public Health, the Cumberland Health Authority, Community Services and other clinical and placement partners.


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Organizations: Nova Scotia Community College, Human Services, Springhill Cumberland Health Authority Community Services

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