Keuka College Community Prioritizes Well-being at Passport to Wellness Day

The once-a-semester event enables the College to focus on well-rounded health through a variety of activities.

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Wellness isn’t just a buzzword or trend. It’s essential for a fulfilling and balanced life.

On April 10, the Keuka College community seized the opportunity to enhance their health and well-being during the biannual Passport to Wellness Day. Activities focused on the Eight Dimensions of Wellness: physical, occupational, spiritual, social, financial, emotional, environmental, and intellectual.

Organized by Associate Vice President for Wellness & Strategic Initiatives Dr. Carrie Roberts and the College’s Mental Health and Wellness Task Force, Passport to Wellness Day saw students and employees attending sessions hosted by College faculty and staff, as well as outside professionals. Programs covered topics ranging from financial strategies to mental health to suicide prevention.

“Passport to Wellness is an opportunity for Keuka College students and employees to learn more about the Eight Dimensions of Wellness and prioritize their wellness in a fun and exciting way,” said Dr. Roberts. Funding for the program came from a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) grant.

Second-year student and occupational therapy major Peyton Steates took time between classes to attend the event, saying she was glad to take advantage of the day’s activities. Fellow occupational therapy major and classmate Julia Shortslef agreed, adding that Passport to Wellness Day is a good way to learn different skills to benefit her overall health.

First-year student Maddy Robinson said she liked the community aspect of the event.

“I like that the College cares about our health, especially our mental health, and I like knowing that I am not alone,” said the unified early childhood major. “It’s exciting to learn things I didn’t know before.”

Dr. Roberts said Passport to Wellness Day not only demonstrates the College's commitment to wellness efforts, it aligns with the College’s new Keuka Wellness Institute, which aims to promote community wellness through a variety of programs and events.