Carey Business School holds first-ever Wellness Day

Image caption: Showing off raffle prizes they won from participating businesses are Ashley Meller, Samartha Phifer, Kathy Bovard, Krasi Shapkarova, and Miriam Dignan


The Roman poet Virgil once said, "The greatest wealth is health." It is a phrase that could easily describe the theme of the Carey Business School's first Wellness Day, held March 20.

For Wellness Day, Carey's Human Resources team organized a daylong series of seminars and activities to help faculty and staff find ways to improve their overall well-being. Sessions included advice on meditation, acupuncture, exercise, healthy eating, physical therapy, and yoga. There were also opportunities to schedule a free chair massage, watch a cooking demonstration, or take an organized walk around the waterfront.

Eight health- and fitness-related businesses also participated in the event, including Under Armour, Land of Kush, MPower Yoga, the Maryland Athletic Club, and Elite PT, along with the Johns Hopkins Office of Work, Life and Engagement.

"We wanted everyone to come away with the idea that wellness is important. Everyone needs to take a few minutes to invest in themselves," says Craig Medlyn, director of Human Resources at the Carey Business School. "We have staff and faculty that give so much of themselves to the school, but none of this is sustainable unless they take care of themselves. We all have to take care of this vessel we call the human body."

The Carey Human Resources team hopes to make Wellness Day an annual event.