“We recognize the stress of attending college during COVID times and are mixing it up by introducing students to complementary and alternative wellness modalities to improve students’ physical and mental health,” said Jeanette Falotico, a journalism major and president of The Innovation Network.

TIN is launching its “Blossoming at Brookdale” initiative this semester, providing resources for students to improve wellness and interpersonal skills. Students will learn how to practice self-care by incorporating simple relaxation and calming techniques into their daily lives.


Through a series of interactive demonstrations and discussions, experienced practitioners will help students discover the connection between relaxation, peace, balance and improved results in their educational and career goals.


Future events in the “Blossoming at Brookdale” initiative will include self-hypnosis, Qigong, aromatherapy, visualization healing, energy tapping, Covid grief, and more.


The series kicks off Tuesday, Feb 15 with “Brainy Brunch: You Are What You Eat.”

Guest speaker Jess Mader, M.A., a holistic wellness consultant, will share her whole-life approach to health and wellness.“College students have busy schedules and need to perform at a high level in order to succeed,” Mader said.


“That requires efficient cognitive function, alertness, concentration, and high levels of energy,” Mader continued. “This will be about learning ways to improve your diet, usually making one change at a time and doing things that fit into a student’s overall lifestyle.”


Starting at 11:30 a.m. and running to 1 p.m., this hybrid event will be held in the Student Life Center Navesink and via Zoom.


“Nutrition does not have to be difficult or scary” Mader said. “Sometimes small changes can make a world of difference. The ultimate goal is to live a happy, healthy and balanced life.”


Funding for Blossoming at Brookdale is made possible through a Community College Opportunity Grant.