Two months away from completing a three-year doctoral program, Catherine Western is no stranger to the busyness of life.

Between school, exercise, relationships and and a host of other activities, Western’s calendar stays pretty full.

She knows life can be a lot to juggle.

Her passion to see people pursue balance isn’t just something she picked up solely from reading in a text book. Western knows the importance of balance experientially.

Western is interning at the Staunton-Augusta Family YMCA in order to complete her doctoral work through¬†Mary Baldwin University/Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences. As part of the internship, Western will teach a four-week wellness class at the YMCA beginning on March 5th. She hopes the class will educate YMCA members about how a balanced life can positively impact a person’s health.

“We want to educate people in topic areas that are really relatable to adults like stress, sleep and healthy eating,” Western said. “And then they can take what they learn in class and implement it in their own life, so that they have improved health.”

The class, which will be held weekly in the Staunton-Augusta Family YMCA Multi-purpose room, is offered at two different times during the week. The class is offered on:

  • Tuesdays 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
  • Thursdays 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Western believes the class could benefit a variety of people.

“Everybody’s welcome to this program,” Western said. “Anybody who feels like they are stressed, anybody who feels like they don’t have enough time, not feeling like they are managing their roles in life. This could be a new caregiver, a working professional, a mom; really anybody who feels like they need some extra education and to discuss topic areas that they feel may be able to improve their lifestyle.”

YMCA members wishing to sign up for the free class can register at the YMCA front desk. To watch Western’s video, click here.

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