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New Series Launched to Spark Creativity for Faculty and Staff

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September 9, 2013 – GUWellness is launching a new series this fall designed to help Georgetown faculty and staff reduce stress, improve mental and physical health and provide an enhanced sense of well-being.

Once a month, Creative Spark will provide employees with programming geared toward exercising the right side of the brain, which is known for creativity, says Charles DeSantis, associate vice president of faculty and staff benefits, payroll and wellness.

“Research shows that engaging in creative activity has a positive impact on our overall health and wellness,” DeSantis says. “When one aspect of our human nature is neglected – body, mind or soul – we tend to get out of sorts. Creative Spark is an opportunity for faculty and staff to get back in touch with their fundamentally creative selves.”

The program begins Sept. 23 with “This Moment: Sketching on the Lawn,” led by Cliff Chieffo, professor emeritus of art at Georgetown.

“One hour on Healy Lawn with colored pencils and paper is like going on a speed date with the right side of your brain,” Chieffo says.“In just one hour, we'll creatively select a subject, screen out the world, focus on the eye/hand relationship, mix in some basic instruction and end with the perfect picture.”

Creative Spark joins other GUWellness offerings this year, which include Mind-Body Connections, Weekly Walks with Charles, the GUWellness 5K, Friday Yoga at Yates and ongoing financial wellness workshops.

For upcoming events, visit the GUWellness website.

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