Student Wellness Retreat
Educate. Experience. Explore.

April 6-8 at the Hilton Albany in Downtown Albany, NY

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About the 2017 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 6-8, 2017, at the Hilton Albany in downtown Albany, N.Y.

Registration is FREE for all students! 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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Charity Miles Challenge

Kick Start Your 2017 New Year’s Resolution!

Join the 13 week long Movement Campaign for Charity

How to Get Started:

  1. Download the free Charity Miles app
  2. Log into Charity Miles, and search for your team #SUNYEmpire in the search bar
  3. Join the team, and then select the charity of your choice
  4. Select your form of workout: Outdoor Walk/Run, Indoor Walk/Run, or Outdoor Bike
  5. Get moving! Make sure your workout is being tracked!

*For those who cannot run, bike or walk and would still like to participate please email Amanda.York@esc.edu for other options*

Top 3 students who log the most miles will receive Fitbits at the 2017 Student Wellness Retreat April 6-8 at The Hilton, in Albany, NY!

››› Challenge starts January 1 & ends April 1 ‹‹‹


We are excited to have Tamika Catchings as our keynote speaker for 2017!

There are different playing levels in sports – Reserve, Starter, All-Star, Franchise Player, and MVP. Tamika Catchings is the next step above MVP. She’s arguably the best WNBA player of all-time. You name it and she has accomplished it:

  • 9x WNBA All-Star
  • WNBA MVP (2011)
  • WNBA Champion and Finals MVP (2012)
  • 4x Olympic Gold Medalist (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016)
  • Only 5x WNBA Defensive Player of the Year in league history
  • NCAA Championship in undefeated season with Tennessee (1997-98)
  • President of the WNBA Players Association (2012-Present)
  • New York Times Best Seller, Catch A Star (2016)

After 15 WNBA seasons, Catchings declared 2016 would be her finale, and she made sure to make an even larger impact on the court and in the community that year. Catchings was named to the USA Olympic Basketball Team and won an incredible fourth gold medal. She also became the first woman to receive the Annual National Civil Rights Museum Sports Legacy Award, which recognizes the civil and human rights work, in spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy, for leaders pursuing a career in sports.

As a member of the All-Time WNBA Top-15 Team, former Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings has established herself as elite at every level of basketball throughout her career. Coming from a family of basketball talent, she committed to play under Pat Summitt at the University of Tennessee. Four years and four All-American seasons later, she was a 1998 NCAA Champion, Associate Press Player of the Year in 2000, and capped off her career as the third overall pick in the 2001 WNBA Draft by the Indiana Fever.

Following being sidelined by injury in her rookie season, Catchings took her first full WNBA season by storm with the Rookie of the Year honors, averaging 18.6 points per game alongside 8.6 rebounds. Throughout her 14-year career, she has averaged more than 16 points and 7 rebounds, while winning the 2011 WNBA MVP and winning the WNBA Championship in 2012.

Outside of professional basketball, Catchings has continued her legacy with the Catch the Stars Foundation. Comprised of literacy, fitness, and mentoring programs for the under-served and low income families, Catchings’ foundation lays the groundwork to guide the youth to “achieve their dreams” since its inauguration in 2004.

The Student Wellness Retreat is always a Success!