Student Wellness Retreat
Educate. Experience. Explore.

April 14-16 at the Hilton Albany in Downtown Albany, NY


About the 2016 Student Wellness Retreat

Good health is critical to academic success. Come join other Empire State College students from across New York state at the Student Wellness Retreat, April 14-16, 2016, at the Hilton Albany in downtown Albany, N.Y.

Registration is FREE for all students! Some travel grants are available. To apply, check the appropriate box on the registration page. The conference will feature personal wellness coaches, guest lectures and presentations, wellness activities and demonstrations, a health fair, health screenings, and more.

About the Student Wellness Initiative

Your good health is critical to your academic success. Research has shown that adult students leave college for a variety of reasons, but one of the most significant is for personal and family health issues.

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We are excited to have the host of ABC’s hit show Extreme Weight Loss, Chris Powell, as our keynote speaker for 2016!

Chris Powell is the trainer and transformation specialist on ABC’s highly rated documentary style series “Extreme Weight Loss.” With an unyielding dedication to helping others, Chris travels the country using his innovative techniques, education and expertise to guide extremely overweight individuals as they shed hundreds of pounds over the course of a year. Season 4 premiered to high ratings last May and Season 5 is currently in production and slated to air this summer. In addition, he has filmed three episodes of a special spinoff series entitled “Love Can’t Weight,” focused on engaged couples heading to the altar that will air in 2016.

Adding best-selling author to his list of accolades, Chris has written two books that have soared to the top of the New York Times Best Seller list. He is currently working on his third book, Extreme Transformation: Lifelong Weight Loss in 21 Days, which will be published by Hachette on June 6, 2015 and is co-authored by his wife, Heidi Powell. His first book Choose to Lose, was released by Hyperion in December 2011 and provides motivation, nutrition, exercise, tips, and tricks to help anyone lose those last twenty pounds. His second book, Choose More Lose More, For Life, hit stands last May and offers readers four different carb cycles, and twenty new workouts called Nine-Minute Missions that pack maximum results into minimum time.

Chris holds a degree in Exercise Science, with concentrations in biomechanics and physiology and the training accreditation: The Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). He has written numerous articles for publication, and is a regular contributor to “Good Morning America” and “The Doctor Oz Show.” Additionally, Chris frequently appears as a fitness expert for nationally syndicated shows including “The View,” “Live with Kelly and Michael,” and “20/20.”

Past Student Wellness Retreat keynote speeches have included presentations from legendary actor Alan Thicke, and Olympic Gold Medalist Shawn Johnson.

The 2015 Student Wellness Retreat was a Success!