K-State Wellness Week enhances overall wellness, raises awareness

(Kaitlyn Alanis | The Collegian)

Kansas State’s Wildcat Wellness Coalition kicked off the 2017 Wellness Week with free bagels and hot chocolate from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday on the Bosco Student Plaza during their Wellness Week Kickoff.

Julie Gibbs, director of health promotion at Lafene Health Center, said this is the first year K-State is hosting a Wellness Week and they hope to bring awareness to the eight different dimensions of health: spiritual, physical, environmental, occupational, social, intellectual, emotional and financial.

“We just wanted to enhance overall wellness and raise awareness about overall wellness,” Gibbs said. “We’re trying to really focus on the different dimensions of health and try to have something for each day that focuses on a different aspect of health.”

Aubrey Rech, freshman in German, and Anna White, freshman in kinesiology, attended the kickoff for the free bagels, but said they enjoyed finding out about the other wellness events that will be hosted throughout the week.

“I think it’s cool,” Rech said. “I like how they’re doing multiple activities throughout the week.”

Wellness Week Events

All Week


  • Transform Your Trek: All day, throughout campus
  • Life-Size Barbie Meet and Greet: 4-6 p.m., Peters Recreation Center
  • “Let’s Talk About Sex:” 6-7 p.m., K-State Student Union room 209


  • Health and Wellness Expo: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Union Courtyard
  • Top Chef Presentation: 6-7 p.m., Kramer Dining Center


  • Spring Break Not Spring Broke: noon to 1:30 p.m., Union Courtyard
  • Ending the Silence: 7-8 p.m., Hale Library Hemisphere Room


  • Groove and Glow Zumba Dance: 7 p.m., the Rec Complex
  • Scavenger Hunt Winners Announced

Hi, I'm Kaitlyn Alanis, former news editor for the Collegian and a May 2017 graduate in agricultural communications and journalism. I have never tried a hamburger and I hate the taste of coffee, but I love writing stories and sharing what I learn with our readers. By writing for the Collegian, I can now not only sing along when the K-State Band plays "The Band is Hot," but I also know that most agriculture students did not grow up on a farm, how to use an AED to save someone's life and why there is a bust of MLK Jr. outside of Ahearn Field House. Thanks for reading!