Making Recreation Inclusive, One Mile at a Time

The Lerner Center’s mission is to improve the health of the community through service, research, education, advocacy and policy. To bring this mission to life, Lerner Center staff and graduate fellows took part in a 10-hour online inclusivity training. The InclusionU training and certification program offered through the Inclusive Recreation Resource Center at SUNY Cortland focuses on evaluation metrics anyone can use to assess the inclusivity of particular recreational spaces. An online database collects information about the accessibility of everything from trails and parks to bowling alleys. People of all abilities can check out the database before heading to a place of recreation to ensure they will be able to access and participate in the activities. The ultimate goal of these assessments is to help all people, regardless of ability, to play wherever they choose. Continue Reading

Autumn Hikes

Author: Abby Case, SU | Class of 2017 |  Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics | Nutrition Major, Food Studies

We are well into the most glorious season of the year. Leaves have begun changing, our favorite flannels are out, and our lives are once again filled with crisp apples and radiant pumpkins.

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Planting a Seed of Mindfulness Through Yoga

What if one hour a week could help you improve your mental focus, strengthen your ability to accomplish tasks and help you move through your day more mindfully?  These are some of the things students in Dara Harper’s Yoga Seeds class describe being better able to do since beginning their yoga practice. Continue Reading

Falk College Student: Marqez Hodge

Meet Marqez- he’s an SU student and football player who also happens to be a student in HTW 221, Community Health Promotion.  This semester, Marqez has been helping to promote Healthy Monday on campus along with a team of his classmates.  Marqez has excelled at outreach for our I Love NY Water campaign, spreading the message to students and staff on campus.  Without further ado, we’ll let him tell us what he likes about public health.      

HodgeMy name is Marqez Hodge, I’m from Miami Florida. I am a student athlete here at Syracuse University. This year I’m a junior majoring in Public Health. I am also getting a minor in business. Public Health has helped me become more aware about being healthy. It has also helped me want to promote the adoption of healthy behaviors in other people. I think learning about public health can ensure positive outcomes for sustaining a healthy life.

I can help influence wellness, not only for myself, but also for other people, which relates to awareness about health issues.  Health is also about the social, environmental, physical and spiritual health behaviors. I see wellness as an awareness about your health. To be a healthier person, for one, you have to put the right kinds and amount of foods in your body. You can also promote wellness, I would say, by trying to be as social as possible; try talking to people and make connections. Just strike up a conversation about anything, and it could lead to something.  You may find a workout partner or someone who shares similar interest as you.   Your environment also influences your health; get your friends and family involved in living a healthy lifestyle, so that you all can benefit from being well together.  Wellness is also about your physical health and how your body is functioning. Regular check-ups with your doctor will keep you informed about how well your health is, or where you may need to make some changes. Lastly don’t forget your spiritual health, part of that can be checking in to identify what your motivations are to be healthy and how you can continue to be healthy. By becoming more aware and gaining knowledge of some of the main concepts in public health, I can see a bright future ahead for my work in public health and those who I will work with in my career.

Falk College Student: Stephanie Shute


  1. Name: Stephanie Shute
  1. Age: 21
  1. Your position at SU: Undergraduate Student majoring in Social work and minoring in Gerontology and Health and Wellness
  1. Your second job (how you spend most of your remaining hours): Volunteering, working at Rivervalley & Cavallaro Foods & spending time with family

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Falk College Student: Sarah Al-Sheraidi

Sarah Al-SheraidiI’m Sarah!

I’m twenty-one years old and am studying Public Health here at Syracuse University.

Right now I volunteer with the Healthy Monday program at the Lerner Center. In the past I used to work at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Labor and Delivery unit (and loved it!)

Now, I spend much of my time doing homework but I also try and stay active. I enjoy jogging, practicing yoga, and meditating in my free time.

As is the case with everyone, it’s not always easy being healthy. I love to indulge with some pizza and chocolate every now and then, but I also try and make the right choices for my health and wellness whenever possible. I achieve this by not only being active, but also reminding myself why I want to be healthy in the first place, and not beat myself up when I’m being less-than-stellar.

I’m looking forward to trying out some of Healthy Monday’s classes and Monday Miles.