Mount Saint Mary students focus on wellness, personal growth – New Jersey Hills

WATCHUNG – On Friday, Feb. 3 the Student Assistance Committee at Mount Saint Mary Academy (MSMA) sponsored a morning-long event to help raise awareness about the importance of wellness and personal growth.

Members of the Academy’s office of student services, the school nurse, the student assistance counselor, and the administrative dean were also instrumental in organizing the program.

Jill Shaffer, a registered dietician and certified eating disorder specialist, delivered the keynote presentation titled «Change the Message: Stop Bad Body Talk.»

Mount Saint Mary students were invited to choose from 10 workshops, which were led by certified professionals, addressing topics like prayer, yoga and meditation; vision-boarding; street and self-defense; the signs of addiction and path to recovery; psychological strategies to build self-confidence; coping with grief, and affirmative consent and sexual assault.

Student Assistance Counselor Kathy Ketofsky said, «Wellness Day gave our students the opportunity to explore issues of self-care and personal growth through many experiential workshop,” said MSMA Student Assistance Counselor Kathy Ketofsky. “It was wonderful to hear the excitement in the hallways from students about some of the sessions they attended.»

Olivia Carini, a senior from Chatham, shared, «It was great to have the speakers come and offer unique perspectives on very important topics,” said MSMA senior Olivia Carini of Chatham. “I know I’ll apply some of the things I learned as I go forward.”

Some students said the event was one of the best they’ve attended at the academy.

«It was my favorite event this year because it felt relaxing and de-stressing,» said MSMA junior Patricia Lezynski of Westfield. «I took away that I need more time in my everyday life to relax, meditate, and view my vision board to be a productive and healthy student.»


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