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WCSU In Danbury Offers Health And Wellness Workshops

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DANBURY, Conn. -- The Institute for Holistic Health Studies, housed within the Department of Health Promotion and Exercise Sciences at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, will sponsor a series of “Wellness Wednesday Workshops” to promote the importance of making and maintaining healthy choices.

These free, public workshops will be at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesdays in Room 127 of White Hall on the university’s midtown campus at 181 White St. in Danbury.

The series will include:

  • Feb. 24: “Introduction to Naturopathic Medicine” with Stephanie DeSousa. This workshop will provide an overview of the philosophy of naturopathic medicine and the preparation needed to pursue a degree in naturopathic medicine.
  • March 9: “Introduction to Herbalism” with Lupo Passero. This workshop will provide an introduction to a variety of popular herbal remedies, ways to incorporate them into daily life for better health and wellness, and methods to make herbal remedies at home with herbs that grow in your own back yard.
  • April 13: “Strength Training” with health promotion studies students. This fitness seminar will feature strength-training activities that focus on all the major muscle groups. The goal is to empower attendees by providing them with the knowledge and skills to perform each exercise in a safe and effective manner.
  • April 27 “The Alexander Technique” with Valerie Rich. This workshop will teach how to remove harmful tensions in the body by living mindfully.
In addition to the “Wellness Wednesday” workshop series, the IHHS and HPX, in partnership with campus recreation and university health services, will present the first Health, Wellness and Fitness Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12, in the Bill Williams Gym in Berkshire Hall.

The fair will include healthy vendors, activities and demonstrations, and is open to the public. For more information about WCSU HPX programs, contact department co-chairs Robyn Housemann at or Jody Rajcula at For information about the Institute for Holistic Health Studies, contact the director, Christel Autuori, at

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