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Chaparral 2016-2017: 25.3 Vaquero Wellness

Vaquero Wellness (March 2017)

Vaquero Wellness

by Erin Calderone

Thanks to our Guild, the Health Benefits Committee, Board of Trustees and GUSD, the wellness program has begun! Vaquero Wellness is a project designed to help improve the health and overall well-being of students, faculty and staff at Glendale Community College. Your hopes and dreams of staff/faculty hours in the fitness center, increased healthy options in the cafeteria and stress-reducing workshops have come true. Many of you may not know all of the activities and services that GCC employees can take advantage of to improve their health, fitness and wellness, so I have outlined many below. Don’t miss out on these opportunities right outside your office door!


The Lifestyle Fitness Center is open for students enrolled in PE 101, 102, 103 or 104 and staff/faculty during the following hours:

M/T/W/Th/F 7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

M/T/W/Th 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Weight lab (VG2, downstairs from the athletic office)

M/T/W/Th 8:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Fridays 9:10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Staff/Faculty hours in the Lifestyle Fitness Center

Tue/Thur 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Coach Victor Carrera is on hand to provide assistance (and motivation!)

Spin with Julia Fong 

Mon/Wed 12:20-1:20 p.m.

(Spin room is in the back of the Lifestyle Fitness Center) 

Staff/faculty showers and locker rooms are available! Ladies, please see the locker room attendant in Sierra Nevada. Gents, please ask the fitness center staff for the key.

Up to 6 hours of FLEX, and CPGU (minimum of 1 whole hour activity) can be earned by participating in the physical activity programs above or by using the Lifestyle Fitness Center during regular hours. 

Staff and faculty may also audit any health, nutrition or PE class for free! Please contact the instructor in advance to ensure that there is room and equipment available. 



The health center hosts internships for registered dietician students each semester and staff/faculty can meet with a dietary intern for free! Please contact the health center for more information and check out their webpage and calendar here:

The cafeteria has a great menu with lots of vegetarian and gluten-free options. Take this week (3/6-3/9) for example:


Pesto Baked Whole Wheat Rigatoni
Zucchini Boats filled with Mushroom Duxelles & Bread Crumbs
Garlic Sticks


Salsbury Steaks with Caramelized Onion Gravy
Mashed Potatoes
Molasses Glazed Steamed Carrots


Spicy Teriyaki Chicken & Broccoli
Stir-fried Brown Rice
Plum Wine Macerated Orange Wedges


Greek Pork Tigania with White Wine & Feta Cheese
Orzo Pasta with Fresh Herbs
Dolmades (Grape Leaves stuffed with Rice)   


Creole Fish (Swai filets sautéed with lemon-butter & Creole Spices)
Brown Rice
Oven Roast Vegetables (Medley of Rutabagas, Turnips, Carrot & Parsnips)    

Soup Menu:

Monday: Country Vegetable Soup (vegetarian)
Tuesday: Cream of Broccoli (vegetarian & gluten-free made with soy milk & silken tofu)
Wednesday: Barley & Wild Mushroom Soup 
Thursday: Baked Potato Soup
Friday: New England Clam Chowder

Need some more fruits and veggies in your diet? Stop by Roots & Juice (downstairs) and get a smoothie or fresh juice packed with vitamins, minerals and fiber. 



GCC’s Planetarium is open every weekday at 12:30 p.m. for a lunchtime retreat.

Mondays 12:30 p.m. Astro Hour (ask any question about the universe… the sky may not be the limit after all…)

Tuesday 12:30 p.m. Astro Movie

Wednesday 12:30 p.m. Wednesday Workshop (this week is Qigong -pronounced "chee-gong"- posture, breathing and energy focusing exercises)

Thursday 12:30 p.m. Afternoon with the Stars

Friday 12:30 p.m. Starlit Rest and Recharge (come in and study the sky… or the inside of your eyelids)

Wellness Lecture Series

Tech-Proof Your Posture – do your homework and get rid of the hunch!

 Wednesday, March 22nd in the J.W. Smith Student Center from 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Find out how the techno-hunch causes muscle imbalances like “upper-crossed syndrome”. Learn a few simple techniques to get rid of that pain in your neck and get your posture back on track! (FLEX/CPGU available).

And that’s not all – stay tuned for cooking classes, yoga and opportunities at the Garfield campus too!


Keep up with Vaquero Wellness at or follow @vaquerowellness on instagram and facebook!

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