Mississippi University for Women’s campus recreation, in conjunction with Project CHEW, will begin hosting a series of health and wellness talks in October.

Lily Burns

The series is meant to lead into the spring wellness challenge hosted each year by campus recreation.

The first talk will feature Lily Burns from campus recreation presenting “Five mistakes you’re making when getting started on your health journey.” The talk will be held at 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, in the Stark Recreation Center meeting room.

Burns will also headline the second talk, “Whole person health,” once again at 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, in the Stark meeting room.

Burns is a national board-certified health and wellness coach, an integrative nutrition health coach, an ACE Certified personal trainer as well as a CrossFit level one trainer.

The final two talks will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18 and 25, both in room 100 of the Culinary Arts Institute. They are titled “Nutrition basics” and “Navigating the grocery store” respectively.

Nutrition instructor Amanda Dahl will lead the final two talks.

Dahl has been at The W since 2007. She is a registered and licensed dietitian and has completed a certificate of training in adult weight management through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Dahl is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as well as the Mississippi Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Her areas of interest/expertise include weight management, chronic disease prevention and nutrition education in the school setting with a focus on farm-to-school initiatives.

“Our goal is to get a head start for our annual Spring Wellness Challenge for January 2024. We thought these 30-minute talks would be a great precursor to help people pursue their personal wellness by focusing on a commitment to consistency. We’re very excited to be partnering with the Culinary Arts Institute’s Amanda Dahl for the nutrition talks and hope folks will take us up on our offer. These wellness talks are free to student, staff, faculty and Stark Recreation community members,” said Melissa Parsons, associate director, business, student and member services and interim wellness coordinator for campus recreation.

About The W

Located in historic Columbus, Mississippi, The W was founded in 1884 as the first state-supported college for women in the United States. Today, the university is home to 2,227 students in more than 70 majors and concentrations and has educated men for 40 years. The university is nationally recognized for low student debt, diversity and social mobility which empowers students to BE BOLD.

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