The “Feel Good” Wellness Tailgate was put on in the Mt. Pleasant High School (MPHS) gym in order to help promote mental health awareness.

“The event is supposed to help raise awareness to what Project AWARE does and what we offer with schools for mental health,” MPHS counselor and Project AWARE team member, Amanda Boyle said.

The tailgate was put on by the Project AWARE team and Mt. Pleasant Public Schools, and took place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m on Friday, September 20th. The event was funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administrations.



Project AWARE

Project Aware members. Front row Caitlyn Foster (left), Alexis Syrette, Erica Garwood (right). Back Row: Linda Boyd (left), Anneliese Fox, Darby Weaver, Stephen Wheeler, Jennifer Verlenger, and Amanda Boyle (right).


At the event, different businesses, agencies, and programs were present to show what wellness resources are offered around the community.

One of the organizations present was The Center for Community Counseling & Development, a training center for Central Michigan University graduate students that are training to become counselors under the supervision of experienced clinical supervisors. This organization offers free counseling to members of the CMU community and residents of Mount Pleasant.

Another organization present was Girls on the Run which is a program for girls from 3rd grade to 8th grade that teaches life skills through lessons and running activities. Girls on the Run was passing out information about the spring season.

Energy Healing Practitioners were present to give 5 minute hand and shoulder healing sessions. The practitioners present were Dianna Chipp from Great Blue Huron Healing and Debbie Peterson from Ancient Roots Energy Healing.

“We know people in Project AWARE and we were asked to come if we wanted to,” Chipp said.

The MP Fit Club was also present to give six different 15 minute workouts throughout the tailgate which attendees were encouraged to participate in. This included a P90X session, a WERQ session, a kickboxing session, a pound session, a stroops battle session and an anything goes cardio at the end of the tailgate.



MP Fit Club

MP Fit Club Instructors Sarah Starrs (left), Katherine Sawyers, Tracy Wood, and Julie Maxon (right).


“We show what we do at MP Fit Club,” MP Fit Club instructor, Tracy Wood said. “We have several instructors that work with the public schools and we helped put this event on.”

In order for tailgate attendees to get a sense of what these organizations have to offer, Project AWARE had a punch card deal going. This means that if any of the attendees get their punch cards punched in at 8 of the different organizations’ tables, they can get into the Oilers V. Bay City Central Wolves football game for free and get one free item from the concession stand when presenting the punch card which included pizza, hot dogs, or popcorn.


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