The Well celebrates its first year on campus

Kaitlin Bruce

The Well invited the campus to participate in its “WELLcome Back” open house Thursday, an event timed to celebrate its first anniversary.

The Well, Sacramento State’s fitness and wellness center opened one year ago today to students, faculty and alumni, and since then it has been the main place on campus for members to focus on every aspect of themselves.

Well Director, Mirjana Gavric said they put on the event primarily to promote the wellness model, which she believes is the most important aspect of the center.

Sean Basso, the intramural coordinator for the Well, was pleased to see Thursday’s turnout.

“I think it’s a wonderful and special thing to see so many students come and support wellness and school spirit,” Basso said.

Well attractions include fitness classes, racquetball, an indoor track, basketball courts as well as a cafe, offering healthy food, water and protein shakes.

Megan Caulk, president of the water-ski team, said she spends a lot of time at the Well, because it is where her team trains.

“I’m a really big fan of the Well and everything they offer,” Caulk said. “Today’s event really does showcase all the activities and opportunities that are available,” Caulk said.

The Well prides itself on being not just a fitness center, but also a place for physical and mental health, focusing their model of the seven dimensions of wellness- environmental, career/financial, socio-cultural, emotional, physical, intellectual and spiritual.

At the event, long lines of students in workout gear collected wristbands with seven markings, for each of the seven dimensions.

They went to different rooms and workout areas to complete each task, including “American Gladiator” on the rock climbing wall, half court shots, 10 minute fitness sessions in Zumba and yoga, and free blood pressure readings. Each was a preview of what is offered at the facility.

At the end of the day at the rock climbing wall, freshman Anthony Ziba shared his thoughts on the event.

“There were a lot of events that utilize fitness,” Ziba said. “You could really come out with some confidence in yourself.”