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Healthy Habits for Winter Hibernation

  • The Donnelly Center at Aquinas College 157 Woodward Lane Southeast Grand Rapids, MI, 49506 United States (map)


Fall is not only a time of harvest, but also one of preparation for a long, dark winter. Many in the northern states, including Michigan, struggle to cope with the short, cold days and the long stretch until spring warmth and sunshine. It’s not unusual to go into something of a “hibernation” of increased sleep and food intake, and decreased activity, all of which can also take a significant toll on mood and overall health/wellness.

The first half of this session covered ways of staying fit, active, and engaged during the cold, dark days of winter, including simple, easy, and inexpensive physical activities, as well as relaxing and stress-reducing hobbies. The second-part of the session discussed how to ward off Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) through simple, proven strategies.


Rosalyn Baker, LMSW is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Brain Fitness Coach, Certified Nutritional Consultant and is a co-owner and psychotherapist at Grand Rapids Therapy Group. Rosalyn is a professional speaker who sat on the program development committee for GRCC’s continuing education program, Optimal Health, where she also taught courses in Stress Management and Meditation. Her many years as a Neurotherapist opened the door for her to lecture on Brain Health, Nutrition and Anti-Aging at EEG Spectrum Clinical Interchange Conferences, and for the Juice Plus+ Co., the most scientifically researched whole food fruit and vegetable supplement in the world. 

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Jenny Baweja, MS, CTRS, CHC, CIFT has been a recreational therapist at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital for the past 9 years. She holds a BS in Therapeutic Recreation and a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Science & Health Promotion. During her time at Mary Free Bed, Jenny has served patients with strokes, amputations, debility, oncology, spinal cord injury, and cardiac diagnoses, helping them find their highest quality of life. Jenny is also a Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer and currently spends part of her time in Mary Free Bed’s Center for Research and Innovation, contributing to a study on quality of life and physical activity for patients. At home, Jenny has 4 children and a husband. They enjoy camping, fishing, Zumba or any working out, and gardening.



Evelyn Clingerman, PhD, CNE, RN, FNAP is the Executive Director of The Bonnie Wesorick Center for Health Care Transformation in Kirkhof College of Nursing at Grand Valley State University. Dr. Clingerman leads the Center in its mission to transform healthcare through interprofessional collaboration that brings education and practice together around scholarly research and projects. Dr. Clingerman also leads the Interprofessional Institute of Polarity Thinking in Healthcare as she consults, develops research and projects, provides workshops and teaches a course in polarity thinking. Her knowledge of nursing practice experiences, founded upon patient, family and community experiences across the continuum of care, emphasize community care for underserved and vulnerable populations.



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