IAIA Wellness Includes Cooking to BasketballMay 15th, 2009 | By tcj | Category: 20-4: Tribal College Leadership and Vision, Tribal College News
The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA, Santa Fe, NM) is developing a Health and Wellness Program with academic classes. The John and Sophie Ottens Foundation is providing multi-year funding for the program. IAIA will introduce physical education classes, purchase fitness equipment, and construct a campus exercise trail.
The new program, headed by Eva Flying (Northern Cheyenne), has offered courses in yoga, vegan cooking, self-defense, walking, running, stress management, exercise for life, and nutrition and weight management. Future courses include Native games, human development, and basketball.
The Health and Wellness Program is also developing student groups for young Native women’s empowerment, wellness awareness, and health and wellness student advocates to help foster active involvement by students, faculty, and staff of IAIA.
The program is actively involved in collaborating with other IAIA programs, such as the Center for Student Life, to plan social events, hiking trips, and basketball games. Eva Flying believes health and wellness is an integral part of a student’s learning and success. She says the students are responding well and providing good input for future academic courses and intramural activities.