Division of Personnel Offers Virtual Wellness Initiatives on WTJX, Channel 12

The food tour includes vegan options. (Source photo by Denise Lenhardt-Benoit)
There will be a class on virtual vegan cooking. (Source photo by Denise Lenhardt-Benoit)

Dayna Clendinen, director of the V.I. Division of Personnel and Group Health Insurance, has announced virtual African dance classes and virtual vegan cooking classes. In recognizing the impact that this global pandemic has had on our physical and mental health, well-being, families, schools and community overall, the division in conjunction with WTJX (Public Broadcasting System) will be airing these classes that will allow members of the community to maintain a more healthful lifestyle while also maintaining the social distancing requirements.

These classes will encourage people to become mindful of actions they can take to engage their mind and body and will empower them to make better health choices. These classes are also designed to help manage their stress levels and make long term health and wellness changes.

Join in and learn upbeat African dance moves while working up a sweat; make easy and healthy plant-based meals with instructors Empress-Addaliah Potter and Empress-Atiyah Potter, who are sisters residing in the same household. The division strongly recommends that people consult with a physician or health care provider before engaging in any exercise program.

If someone experiences faintness, dizziness, pain or shortness of breath at any time while performing these dances, please stop immediately and be sure to stay hydrated.

Air dates and times are as follows:

  • “African Fitness Dance Sessions” will premiere at 6 p.m., on June 15 through June 18, and will repeat on Saturdays at 2 p.m.
  • “Easy-to-Make Vegan Dishes” will premiere at 6 p.m., on June 22 through June 25, and will repeat on Saturdays at 2:30 p.m.

The programs will also be streamed on WTJX’s Facebook page. In addition to that, viewers can watch the programs at any time on their demand site at www.video.wtjx.org. The Division of Personnel continues to provide high quality-oriented wellness initiatives, challenges and programs giving everyone the opportunity to be healthy and happy and actively engaged in their health and wellness insurance benefits.

For more details on these series, contact Ladee Shanna Martin, Wellness Program coordinator, at 774-8588 extension 5252 or via email at [email protected].