February 6th

We are proud to join the HHS Office of Minority Health in celebrating #BlackHistoryMonth and addressing the social determinants of health (SDOH) that challenge the positive health outcomes of Black communities: https://minorityhealth.hhs.gov/bhm/

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Nicole Gisondi

Nicole Gisondi is an alum of SUNY Cobleskill, graduating in 2020 with a Bachelor’s in Applied Psychology. While at SUNY Cobleskill, Nicole worked at the Wellness Center as a Peer Educator and at CASE as an Educational Support Services Intern. Since graduating from Cobleskill, she has attended Long Island University, where she obtained a Master of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling with a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse track and is now a Mental Health Counselor– LP, working towards getting her license in mental health counseling.  She has a passion and undeniable drive to help others with their mental health, as it has been her life-long goal since she was a young girl. Nicole is currently a therapist at CNY Mental Health Counseling in Syracuse, NY, helping clients with various issues, including anxiety, depression, trauma, grief/loss, stress management, substance abuse, and eating disorders.  

Nicole is now partnering with the Wellness Center to offer services for her alma mater and is looking forward to bringing diversity, compassion, and relatability to SUNY Cobleskill’s counseling services through her remote availability and the team at CNYMHC. Appointments with Nicole can be scheduled through the Wellness Center.

Nutritionist Corner

Three Ways to Improve Your

Relationship with Food

When it comes to healthy relationships, the one you have with your mind and body is extremely important, especially when it comes to eating. 

Diet, culture, and social media often impair these relationships and may heighten our insecurities. No matter your body size, here are three ways you can improve your relationship with food and your body.

1.    Improve Self-Talk. Start paying attention to how you talk to yourself in the mirror and around your friends or family. Are you constantly putting yourself down?  Next time you catch yourself doing this, try to instead focus on something positive that you love about yourself. 

2.    Mindful Eating. Do you catch yourself mindlessly snacking in front of a TV or scrolling on your phone? Maybe you are always in a rush and inhaling your food in the dining hall. One way to become more mindful is by rating your hunger/fullness before and after meals on a scale of 1-10 (1 = super hungry, 10 = super stuffed).  The goal is to stay in the range of 3-7, not getting to a point of feeling “starved” or “overly stuffed”.

3.    Talk to a Dietitian. SUNY Cobleskill now has their very own dietitian. Utilize these services which include 1:1 sessions and group programs to gain the knowledge and confidence to truly feel your best. 

Free Webinar: Nutrition 101 – College Edition on February 9th at 5:15PM.  Virtually meet the new dietitian, ask all of your burning questions, and learn the basics when it comes to healthy eating. Everyone is welcome!

Contact the Beard Wellness Center to schedule an individual consultation with the dietitian and to learn more about future nutrition programs. 

What is A Healthy Relationship And

What Does a Healthy Relationship Look Like?

Healthy relationships involve honesty, trust, respect and open communication between partners and they take effort and compromise from both people. There is no imbalance of power. Partners respect each other’s independence, can make their own decisions without fear of retribution or retaliation, and share decisions. If or when a relationship ends, there is no stalking or refusal to let the other partner go.

Characteristics of Healthy Relationships

  • Respect for privacy and space. You don’t have to be with your partner 24/7.
  • Your partner encourages you to spend time with friends without them, and to participate in activities that you enjoy.
  • You feel comfortable expressing your opinions and concerns to your partner.
  • Your feel physically safe and your partner doesn’t force you to have sex or to do things that make you feel uncomfortable.
  • Your partner respects your wishes and feelings and you can compromise and negotiate when there are disagreements or conflicts.

The foundation of a healthy relationship includes:

  • Boundaries: You and your partner are able to find ways to meet each other’s’ needs in ways that you both feel comfortable with.
  • Communication: You and your partner can share your feelings, even when you don’t agree, in a way that makes the other person feel safe, heard, and not judged.
  • Trust: Building trust can take time and allows couples to be vulnerable with one another knowing that they can rely on the other person.
  • Consent: Most commonly used when you’re being sexually active, giving consent means that you are okay with what is happening and that no one is forcing you or guilting you into doing anything that you don’t want to do. Consent can be given and taken back at any time, and giving consent once does not mean you automatically give consent in the future.

See how these things go hand in hand by exploring the other sections to your left.

Please keep in mind that in some abusive relationships, trying to enforce boundaries, honest communication, trust, and other healthy behaviors could put your safety at risk. Remember, abuse is about power and control and someone who is abusive might not want to give up their control over you. Article from NY.gov, Click here to full information

The Wellness Center
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For after-hour emergencies call University Police at 518-255-5555 or 911
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If you have a concern about the care you received at the Wellness Center, contact Director Lynn Ontl at 518-255-5225

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