Health and Wellness

Belhaven Univeristy Health and Wellness

You're Invited!
Come walk and learn with us!

We are excited to introduce the Belhaven University Health and Wellness Series to our friends and neighbors in the Belhaven Neighborhood. Made possible through a generous grant from the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation, Belhaven University invites you to come and learn with us as we seek to create a healthier community.

The BU Health & Wellness Series, which is free and open to the public, contains two key elements. First, are two designated walking trails of either 1 or ½ mile in length. Both trails lead walkers through the beautiful Belhaven campus and offer a safe and scenic way to walk your way towards a healthier life. The Campus Gold Trail is a mile in length and traverses the outside of the campus. The "Academic Green" trail is a half mile and highlights the center of campus which includes the main academic buildings and the Student Center. While all the sidewalks on the BU campus are open to the public, these two trails will be specially marked in order to offer participants a way to measure their progress. Come check them out!

The second component of the BU Health & Wellness Series includes unique, educational, and hands-on programs that have been developed to help participants improve their health IQ. Designed to inform you about the fundamentals of a healthy lifestyle, the educational programs are led by experts in a variety of fields and will be enhanced through interaction with Belhaven University Sports Medicine and Exercise Science students and faculty. You will learn and do through informative commentary and interactive demonstrations. Mark your calendars and join us for these Spring 2011 events. Download and print the Belhaven University walking courses map (PDF). For questions, call the Belhaven University Advancement Office at 601-968-8746.

Coming Events

Dr. Phil Lucas (Radiologist and Internist) – “The Importance of Exercise in Maintaining Bone Strength!”
Nov. 10, 2011, Barber Auditorium – 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

In conjunction with our Blue Cross Blue Shield Health Series, you are invited to attend an informational seminar entitled The Importance of Exercise in Maintaining Bone Strength presented by Dr. Phil Lucas, Radiologist and Internist. Dr. Lucas will discuss how you can develop an exercise and strength program that is perfect for your needs.  Whether you are a couch potato or a hard core exerciser, you will take away great ideas for improvement.  Below is a brief bio for Dr. Lucas.

Dr. Lucas graduated from the University of Texas College of Medicine in Galveston, Texas in 1975 and was trained in Internal Medicine at The Scott and White Memorial in Temple, Texas.  Following a three year residency he practiced Internal Medicine in the United States Navy for two years, during which time he served as Chief of Internal Medicine at the Naval Regional Medical Center in Memphis, Tennessee.  From 1980 until 1983, he was trained in Radiology at the Baptist Memorial Hospital, The University of Tennessee Medical School, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and Le Bonner Children’s Hospital, all in Memphis, Tennessee.  He has been practicing Radiology Medicine since 1983 in Mississippi.

Ben Kerr, MD (Neurosurgery) - "The Back and Exercise"
Oct. 20, 2011, Barber Auditorium – 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

In conjunction with our Blue Cross Blue Shield Health Series, you are invited to attend a very information seminar entitled The Back and Exercise presented by Dr. Ben Kerr, Neurosurgeon. This seminar covers all aspects of how to take care of your back…including helpful exercises to strengthen your back.  Come learn more about how you can improve your overall wellness through better back care!  Below is a brief bio for Dr. Kerr.

Graduated from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas in 1997 with a B.S. in Chemistry.  He attended The University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham 1998-2002 and then completed a Neurosurgery residency at The George Washington University in Washington, DC., in 2009. Concurrently during this time he was awarded a Clinical/Research Fellowship  at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, MD. in Neuro-oncology and movement disorders, 2005-2006. He is currently in practice with Jackson Neurosurgery Clinic for past two years with special interest in minimally invasive spine surgery, brain tumors, and patient education.

7th Annual Homecoming 5k Run/Walk
Oct. 22, 2011, 8:30 am Race Start
Starting point:  Heidelberg Gymnasium
“No Registration Fee”

Prizes awarded and Free T-shirts for all participants!  Join this fun, family-oriented event!  Go at your own pace on our beautiful new campus walking trail!

Know Your Healthy Numbers: What's Your Health IQ?
Thursday, January 20 from 5:30–7:00 p.m. in Barber Auditorium

Do you know the key stats that measure your baseline health? BP, HR, BMI...these are not just random letters but stand for blood pressure, heart rate, and body mass index. Gaining a grasp on these key numbers will help you measure and track your progress as you seek to improve your health in this New Year! Dr. Quinton Dickenson and Dr. Richard Guynes, both highly respected Jackson Cardiologists, will share keen insights while the BU Sports Medicine and Exercise Science faculty and students will be available to perform baseline measurements for participants. All those attending will receive a free walking pedometer!

Eating Healthy for Exercise and Sport
Tuesday, February 15 from 5:30–7:00 p.m. in Barber Auditorium

Got an active family? Are you always on the go? Do you struggle with how to select the best foods? Keynote speaker Dr. Russell Blaylock, a Neurosurgeon and Clinical Nutritionist will facilitate an informative and entertaining program you won't want to miss. Ms. Rebecca Turner, a registered dietician and sports nutritionist will also be on hand to answer your questions. . You can do it all…and eat right too! Come learn how.

Feet Come First! and Green and Gold 5K Fun Run/Walk
Saturday, March 26 from 8:00–10:00 a.m. in the MORNING!

Rise and shine to come learn about how important feet, posture, and form are to making your walking, jogging, or running experience productive. Come join us bright and early for the Green and Gold 5K Run/Walk and then stay for informative sessions and personalized consultations that will assure you have a better exercise experience. Dr. Randy Ramsey, Orthopedic Surgeon and Triathlete; Mr. Wayne Jimenez, Physical Therapist and Triathlete; and Ms. Leslie Mclin, Owner of Fleet Feet, will all be on hand to share their expertise. The Run/Walk will begin at 8:00 a.m. (meet by the flag pole on campus) and the variety of programs will start immediately following. All participants will receive a free T-shirt and FleetFeet will present awards to the winners!

Are We Stretched Yet?
Tuesday, April 5 from 5:30–7:00 p.m., Auxiliary Gym (inside Heidelberg Gymnasium)

There has been much discussion in the news media about how to stretch…when to stretch…do you stretch…that we thought it wise to bring in experts to answer these questions once and for all! Stretching should be a key part of your exercise program. Mr. Max Thomas, Physical Therapist and Mr. Kevin Spera, Strength and Conditioning Specialist and Sports Conditioning Coach will join members of the Belhaven staff to both discuss and demonstrate proper techniques. This "learn and do" program will help make sure you are properly preparing for your exercise…don't miss it!

Belhaven University Health Fair
Wednesday, April 6 from 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Come join the Belhaven University faculty, staff, and students in the lobby of the Student Center as we have invited a variety of Health Care professionals and organizations all focused on helping you be as healthy as possible. Topics covered will include diabetes, tobacco education, stroke awareness and assessment, occupational therapy, blood pressure, weight control and many more. And don't miss getting a "massage on the go!"

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