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AUK Library Celebrates World Health Day through Stress-relief Tips, Ticks, and Talks

To commemorate World Health Day, the Library at the American University of Kuwait (AUK) organized an event entitled Tips, Ticks and Talks to promote healthy practices that should be observed to escape avoidable stress on the mind and body. The event was moderated by the Library Media Intern, Abdulrahman Albastaki, and was catered with food provided by Caveboy Grubs, a local health food provider.

Professor Maryam Hosseinnia, Associate Professor of Graphic Design at AUK, who also instructs yoga sessions, has spent some time travelling to different places to learn a variety of yoga techniques. She explained that yoga can help the body overcome stress and bring relief to the mind. Yoga can be practiced anywhere at any time. Her tip to the attendees was, "Anytime you feel the need to do it [yoga], then just do it."

The Director of the Career Service and Wellness Center at AUK, Jason Sullivan, shared with the attendees some methods on how to deal with and eliminate stress. He offered some tricks to promote restful sleeps and deeper relaxation. Sullivan suggested taking long, hot showers before going to sleep and taking up coloring as a hobby, as it helps the mind to relax. He also advised students to escape stress by avoiding last-minute preparations for their exams and presentations.

Finally, Fadhel Husain, founder of Caveboy Grubs, talked about selecting the food items most suitable for the digestive system and the importance of getting checked for any food allergies. Caveboy Grubs specializes in offering a healthier alternative to traditional treats. Following the presentations, students and faculty attending the event were invited to sample some of Caveboy Grubs items.

The World Health Day is an annual event initiated by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1950. Traditionally celebrated on April 7 of each Year, the date WHO was founded, World Health Day is seen as an opportunity by the organization to draw worldwide attention to a subject of major importance to global health each year.

Fadhel Husain, founder of Caveboy Grubs

Maryam Hosseinnia, Associate Professor of Graphic Design at AUK

Jason Sullivan, Director of the Career Service and Wellness Center at AUK

Photos from the Event

Released by the Office of Public Affairs on the 22nd April 2014

Photography by the Office of Public Affairs (C) 2014

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