All Kinds of News for May 10, 2017
EDGE Learning and Wellness Collegiate Community is consistently identifying opportunities to provide students with the best opportunities to be successful. With this objective in mind, EDGE has launched an enhancement to its wellness program. Under the guidance of Jennifer Ventrelle, MS, RDN, CPT, EDGE students will participate in regular individual and group initiatives designed to assist them in further integrating principles of nutrition and physical activity into their daily lives.
Jennifer is a Registered Dietitian and the Lifestyle Program Director in the Department of Preventive Medicine at Rush University Medical Center. She earned her Bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois in Food Science and Human Nutrition and continued her academic pursuits at Rush University Medical Center, earning her Masters in Science. Jennifer is also a personal trainer certified in adult weight management and has expertise in the design and implementation of wellness programs focused on sustainable lifestyle change. She has more than 10 years of clinical and teaching experience in nutrition and physical activity. As a Certified Personal Trainer, Jennifer works at various health facilities in the Chicagoland area, and has driven extensive research in the areas of lifestyle modification through nutrition, fitness and stress reduction.
“We have found the right person to augment the work of our Therapeutic Life Coaches and Operations Lead in these areas. Jennifer brings the knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to really support our students in making these important lifestyle changes,” according to Jason Wynkoop, Executive Director of EDGE Learning and Wellness.
Among her top priorities at EDGE is educating students on healthy nutrition and fitness behaviors and integrating those into their daily lifestyles. “The students are going to hear me say ‘choices’ a lot because it’s important for people to understand that all food can play a role in a healthy diet,” said Jennifer. “I hope to inspire the students to make new lifestyle choices such as eating better and moving more.” Experts agree that there is a link between wellness and mental health, as well as a strong correlation between academic success and wellness pursuits. “Research has shown that nutrition and physical activity as integrative therapies, can have positive effects on both physical and psychological health and performance, such as increased autonomy, physical well-being, enhanced quality of life, and increased self-esteem and mood,” reports Jennifer.
In addition to the weekly fitness commitments that students have previously made, students will participate in individual assessments, goal setting, and fitness coaching. The shopping and meal planning facets of the program will be enhanced with an ongoing educational series and monthly interactive cooking demonstrations. “The additional expertise and services give EDGE the opportunity to expand our healthy living promises to our students and parents,” noted Wynkoop. “We plan to keep raising the bar for what wellness means in the college experience.”About Edge Learning and Wellness Collegiate Community EDGE Learning and Wellness Collegiate Community is an accredited transitional living program located in Chicago, IL. EDGE offers therapeutically supported residential and non-residential options for post-treatment young adults. The participants, ages 18 -24, are striving to excel academically, while creating a life of balance, joy and wellness.