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Proposed Wellness Pavilion on Chalon Campus
begins public hearing process
Mount Saint Mary’s newest project, the proposed Wellness Pavilion on the Chalon Campus,
has just entered the first stage of the public hearing process with the city of Los Angeles.
Over the next several months, the University will work together with elected officials
and community members as it moves through the approval process, a standard procedure
for construction projects in Los Angeles.
The idea of a Wellness Pavilion was born out of the Mount Wellness movement that
began seven years ago. At that time, Mount Saint Mary’s administered a survey and
discovered that two-thirds of students entering the Mount reported feeling unhealthy.
In response, the University created a campus-wide wellness movement that focused on
four key areas: Eat Green, De-Stress, Sleep Well and Move More. It implemented creative
programming and innovative fitness classes and started new initiatives like a free farmers’
market and Peer Wellness Advocates. But the University knew it needed
to do more. It needed to provide students with proper facilities dedicated
“Health, wellness and caring for others
to overall health and wellness.
have always been at the core of what we do.
The first major construction project planned for the Chalon Campus in
Now, more than ever, it is important that we
30 years, the Wellness Pavilion will replace the current, outdated fitness center
give our students the means to lead healthy,
and provide a comprehensive exercise and wellness space for students. The
resilient lives. They deserve no less.”
University believes in the importance of a holistic approach to education —
mind, body and spirit; the Pavilion will ensure that students have the equipment,
– Alison Halpern
spaces and programs they need to have balance in all three areas.
When completed, the Wellness Pavilion will be the cornerstone for all healthy living
initiatives at the Mount, with a state-of-the-art fitness center, basketball and volleyball
courts, exercise studios and a pool. It will also include spaces to learn about healthy living.
Students will be able to meet individually with Peer Wellness Advocates, as well as with
students in the doctoral physical therapy program, to discuss their health goals.
“Health, wellness and caring for others have always been at the core of what we do,”
says Alison Halpern, wellness manager. “Now, more than ever, it is important that we give
our students the means to lead healthy, resilient lives. They deserve no less.”
By 2025, the goal is for at least two-thirds of Mount Saint Mary’s students to feel healthy
by the time they graduate. The Wellness Pavilion is the key component to adopting a
lifestyle that will positively impact all aspects of a student’s well-being.
Fall 2021 Mount Magazine