The Take 5 Friday program at the University of Houston offers five-minute challenges to campus recreation users. Here’s a deeper look at the program.
Supporting students during this time isn’t just happening through virtual group fitness classes or one-on-one online coaching. It’s also being done through much simpler means.
For example, the Take 5 Friday program at the University of Houston is a webpage chock full of five-minute ideas that look to keep students well and requires very little maintenance on the backend.
Kim Clark, the director of Campus Recreation at the University of Houston, said as the pandemic hit and everything shifted to remote classes, programs and services, her team identified other opportunities to support students’ health and well-being.
“Take 5 Fridays promotes self-care by encouraging students to take a few minutes to pause and engage in something that will nourish their mind, body and spirit,” she said. “Sometimes students need a gentle reminder to slow down and check-in with themselves.”
You can find more suggestions via the Take 5 Friday webpage.
While the page and its directions/ideas are helpful, it’s also simple. It’s made to be easy for the member of your rec center, as well as simple for staff to continually execute. And it lends a helping hand for students, staff and faculty to focus on their well-being.
“The Take 5 Friday ideas are simply suggestions to remind us of some quick and easy ways to pause from busy lives to check-in and practice self-care,” said Clark.
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