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Owen's Participant Spotlight - Ellen Moody

If you’re struggling to kick the bad habits that can come with our socially distant reality, you’re not alone. But if you’re anything like Ellen Moody, the Owen’s Condition for Tuition challenge might have the cure.

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Long Beach State alumnus Dave Ritter is proof that the healthy habits we develop during the busiest times in our lives will stick with us for decades to come.Having graduated in 1985, Dave has been balancing his busy work life as a salesman in the food industry with his robust personal life, which has included raising two children, maintaining mental wellness and, of course, staying in shape at the gym.

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Having witnessed enormous changes on campus over the years, CSULB alumni Tom Walton relishes one in particular: the Student Recreation & Wellness Center. Tom graduated from CSULB in 1969, “back when dinosaurs existed,” he joked. He worked for the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) for 40 years before retiring 13 years ago.

Member Spotlight: Shirley Armes

As one of the SRWC’s most consistent members, Shirley Armes is proof that the Rec Center’s top-of-the-line equipment and facilities are not restricted to current LBSU students. Shirley is an alumna from 1970, and she still carries her pride for The Beach with her everywhere she goes.

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For senior journalism major Jordan Mauldin, the classes offered at the SRWC brought a source of accountability and community, completely transforming his approach to health and wellness.

Member Spotlight: Jeff Watten

Long Beach State alumni Jeff Watten truly understands what it means to live a healthy lifestyle. From his plant-based diet to his consistent physical activity to his positive outlook on life, Jeff believes that a healthy lifestyle is all about the quality of what you do.

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Few people appreciate and value the SRWC as much as Deborah Ludke, an executive faculty member of the Health Care Administration Department. Having exercised at the SRWC since she began teaching four years ago, Deborah knows how valuable it is.

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If you are a member at the Student Recreation & Wellness Center (SRWC), we appreciate you and your continuous support of our facility and its program. In your honor, we’re hosting the first-ever Member Appreciation Week! Each day, May 1 through 5, will feature an activity, raffle prizes and three to four opportunity drawings—so don’t miss out!

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Vann Ou’s excitement is infectious—and with all the people he’s befriended at the SRWC, it has definitely spread.

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For Melissa Norrbom, doctoral student of educational leadership and assistant director of Student Life and Development at CSULB, prioritizing fitness results in improved productivity and success.

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Wendy Lewis is a mother, student and the sitting Treasurer of Associated Students, Inc. (ASI). But despite juggling a busy schedule, Lewis makes it a priority to pursue health and wellness by attending the SRWC during early morning hours.

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For CSULB alumni and SRWC regular Adam White, every piece of the SRWC—the members, staff, facility and resources—combine for the perfect environment to work out.

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Third year Human Development major Luke McCandless frequents the SRWC rock wall—and has ended up with many good friends because of it! “The rock wall staff are very friendly, and it’s a very safe, open space for new people to come,” said McCandless.

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