In honour of National recovery month, Texas A&M Rec Sports and Health Promotion Operations Collaborate to Host a 5 km race for recovery to educate and sensitize students on the subject of addiction recovery.
On Saturday, October 16 at 8:30 a.m., the race will begin at the Student Recreation Center and offer a course throughout the campus. The $ 5 registration fee pays for the race, a free shirt, and helps support student employees working at the event.
A&M Health Promotion Rec Sports said its goals are to raise awareness about recovery from addiction and recovery service, encourage a sense of belonging among recovering students and their allies and have the health benefits of being active, according to Megan Buck, A&M Health Promotion Specialist.
“When I took office a little over two years ago, my role in health promotion was very focused on serving students in recovery, and I began to see other schools organizing events like this, ”Buck said. “I felt this would be a great way to give visibility to the recovery issue at Texas A&M.”
Recovery includes students who struggled with drug addiction and addiction in the past and are now looking for a way out of addictive behavior. Buck said college can sometimes be incompatible with a life of sobriety. A&M health promotion specialists believe it is evident that there is a hidden population of individuals who are more prone to binge drinking and substance abuse than others.
“I hear a lot of students: ‘It’s not because I’m drinking right now that I have a problem, it’s quite normal at university,’ but for a lot of students, it is is more serious than that. Buck mentioned. “College is a time when I really like to focus on wellness because there are a lot of resources available that aren’t available elsewhere, and for recovering students there is that extra layer of challenge in trying simply to exist on a college campus without being tempted to fall into drug addiction problems.
A&M Intramural Sports director Nick Heiar said the department was heavily involved in the production of the event. Heiar said about 13,000 students participate in intramural sports each year and physical activity is the main value promoted by their department. The 5K Run for Recovery will be associated with the intramural sports association in order to pursue the objective of raising awareness of recovery.
“We believe in these goals,” Heiar said. “These are the types of things we communicate to our students that go through the Rec Center, and they also align with the goals, values and mission of Rec Sports. So we want to jump on something like this immediately.
According to Rec Sports Director Rick Hall, there are a record number of students experiencing varying levels of crisis, anxiety, and different mental challenges in day-to-day life. These problems can be addictive, further causing substance dependence for some people. Hall also said education is of the utmost importance when it comes to promoting recovery from addiction. The health promotion department believes that raising awareness of recovery service will lead to making a difference, which is why the 5K Race for Recovery is a great way for students to get involved.
“As the director of Rec Sports, I fully support this event, both as an opportunity to collaborate with other departments on campus, but also because of the cause,” said Hall. “This is a very real cause and since well-being is a very important element in the advancement of recreation on campus, I think it fits very well with our mission and [A&M’s] Core values as we work for the well-being and well-being of all of our students. ”