Panel discussion dwelt on drug addiction, smoking, suicide and stress
Wittenborg's Project Week 3, 2022, on Good Health & Well-being, which kicked off Monday (news here), continued Tuesday with a workshop, a panel discussion, a live presentation and group discussion. The whole event was held at Wittenborg's Spoorstraat building in Apeldoorn. Students participated actively during the Panel Discussion, which covered various health and well-being issues, such as drug addiction, smoking, suicide and coping with stress and depression. The vibrant session was moderated by Simon Boon, a respected social entrepreneur, with a panel made up of Henk Janssen, Wittenborg's Emeritus Professor Teun Wolters, Senior Lecturer Adeyemi Banjo and Somayeh Mouri. Student members were represented by master's students Julian Quint, Agwu Kalu, Payam Gharahansanlo, and Mehdi Kiasati. The discussion also touched on how the government can help resolve the issue of drug addiction and smoking and how Wittenborg can support students who have health and well-being issues in their lives.
Following that, there was a further lecture by Dr Cha-Hsuan Liu. She was assisted by Wittenborg Research Centre Intern and MBM student Somayeh Mouri, who has a PhD in Psychology. The live presentation was by keynote speaker Karen van Ruiten, Directeur Alles is Gezondheid en Positieve Gezondheid (director of Everything is Health and Positive Health).
When asked for her opinion regarding this Project Week, bachelor's student Alexandra Kukhtina from Russia commented, “Coming to the Netherlands and becoming an international student requires taking care of yourself, your health and your well-being because before it was done by our families. Now we have to balance our life and our studies ourselves. I am very happy and grateful to Wittenborg for this opportunity of having great speakers during this Project Week, learning about correct lifestyle and eating habits and taking care of mental and physical health and practising sports.”
Master's student Nnamdi Ndukwe from Nigeria said, "Everything has gone well from the first lecture. We get to understand that we just don't eat anything we see but should eat healthily. Healthy living and proper exercise actually boost our daily performance. 'Health is wealth' - with my body healthy, my mind is sharper and I can perform better. I actually stopped working out, but after today, I am going to hit the gym again."
by Hanna Abdelwahab