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Health and Wellness Center offers new services and events for students

NEW FREE WELLNESS SERVICES

Acupuncture, holistic counseling and meditation are now available at the Health and Wellness Center. These services are offered through North Node Clinic and are free of charge. Acupuncture can help treat a wide variety of conditions and symptoms such as depression, anxiety, chronic pain, migraines, insomnia, back pain and the cold and flu. Alternative medicine offers a non-drug approach to treating some health conditions.

Located in Milwaukee, North Node Clinic is founded by Beloit alum Kellen Grimm and Ellice Plant. Grimm specializes in acupuncture/herbal medicine and is passionate about trans competent health care. Plant is a holistic health counselor and licensed social worker. Both are committed to creating healing spaces that are accessible by all.

The services are offered every Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Currently, all appointments are booked, but students can contact the clinic to be put on the waitlist. The Health and Wellness Center hopes to continue working with North Node Clinic next semester.

LACE UP FOR RAINN 5K (CW: sexual assault)

RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network) is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. In 2016, RAINN helped nearly 200,000 survivors of sexual violence. This support is provided through their National Sexual Assault Hotline (800-656-HOPE) and volunteer/staff training services. The organization also prioritizes public education through their partnerships with popular TV shows (such as How To Get Away With Murder and The Keepers), interviews with news sources and collaboration with congress and higher education institutes.

As a part of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, the Health and Wellness Center and Liberal Arts in Practice Center will host the fifth annual Lace Up for RAINN 5K on Wednesday, April 25. These races take place all over the country to spread awareness and raise money for the organization. Students and faculty can support survivors of sexual assault by registering for the 5K and/or donating to the college’s fundraising page. 93¢ of every dollar donated to RAINN goes directly to helping survivors and preventing sexual violence. Beloit’s goal is to raise at least $500 for the organization.

Register for the event at tiny.cc/springday5k or donate at fundraise.rainn.org/beloit.

SEX IN THE DARK

The Health and Wellness Center will be hosting its second Sex in the Dark panel on Wednesday, April 18 in Richardson Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. “Sexpert” panelists will be answering students’ anonymous questions. Topics will include safe sex, contraception, reproductive anatomy, communication and consent, sexual behaviors, relationships, etc.

Sex in the Dark aims to foster a sex-positive campus, and starting a conversation is the first step. This can be uncomfortable for some, so having a public event about sexual wellness normalizes the discussion. It can also be uncomfortable to talk about sex in-person, which is why questions will only be accepted online prior to the event. The Health and Wellness Center hopes that by encouraging students to talk about sexual health, they will be able to communicate better with their sexual partners. The event also aims to make students feel more comfortable accessing sexual health resources on campus and in the community.

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