MCCC Celebrates Black History Month with Focus on Health and Wellness


West Windsor, N.J. – As Mercer County Community College (MCCC) announces its schedule of events to celebrate Black History Month, there has never been a better time to focus on health and wellness. Activities this month will exercise the body and mind, boost the spirit, nurture healthy lifestyles, and give students an opportunity to donate blood to help their neighbors.

Join your Mercer friends – and make some new ones! See event descriptions and in-person sign-in or room location details below. Note that yoga, Zumba and meditation classes are offered weekly during February and throughout the spring semester. (View the full Student Life activities calendar here.) Events have been made possible by MCCC's Black History Month Committee, Educational Opportunity Fund, and Student Life and Leadership office.

February 3 – Stretch Boss, 12 noon, on Zoom
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Join Tina Rivera – the Stretch Boss – for this Zoom session on the benefits of stretching and range of motion exercises. Tina, a physical therapist assistant, trainer and power lifter, is highly regarded for her miraculous injury recovery work and tissue manipulation. She has worked with celebrities and fighters, and now you can learn from her too!

February 7 – Lunch & Learn with the American Red Cross, 12 noon on Zoom
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The majority of people with sickle cell disease are of African descent, making blood donations from Black donors critical in treating the disease. Learn more at this special presentation.

February 10 - Yoga, 12 noon on Zoom
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EOF and the Counseling Center offer this virtual Raja restorative yoga session. YogaRoots on Location leads embodied antiracist organizing through Raja yoga.

February 15 – Essential Oils, 12 noon, SC104, and on Zoom
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Learn about the healing properties of essential oils like peppermint, eucalyptus and tea tree to help relieve stress, insomnia and depression. Flyer here.

February 17 – Spades Tournament (JKC), 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Kerney Hall (KC229) *
Learn about the historical and cultural significance of Spades in the African American community, and then let the games begin! The tournament is open to players familiar with the game. Prizes for the winners. In-person event only. Register by emailing

February 21 – Spades Tournament (WWC), 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., SC104 *
(See information above.)

February 23 – James Kerney Campus Blood Drive, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., JKC Kerney Hall  (KC229)
Help someone in need by donating blood. Make your appointment today by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visiting here and entering the keyword MCCC. You can also 
sign up using the American Red Cross Blood Donor app and entering the sponsor code MCCCKerney. All donors will receive a $20 Amazon Gift Card. Bring photo identification and remember to eat a meal and drink fluids before donating. Flyer here.

February 24 – Healthy Meal Prep, 6 p.m. on Zoom  *
Meeting ID: 850 7037 8251 
Learn how to make easy, healthy meals. Join Clarissa, from Perfectly Portioned Meals, for this delicious Zoom presentation. On the menu is salmon, veggies and sweet potatoes, as well as vegan alternatives and power breakfasts. No registration required.

February 26 – GetSomeJoy Virtual Cook-Along, 6 p.m. on Zoom
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Join us for a virtual community cook-along as MCCC joins with Georgian Court University's Educational Opportunity Program for this festive culinary event. On the menu are curry chicken, white rice and fried plantain. Presented by Alexander Hardy of GetSomeJoy Creative Wellness Agency (,  an organization promoting mental and emotional wellness through dynamic storytelling, accessible wellness resources, and live events.

February 27 – Zulu Acrobats, 3:30 p.m. on Zoom
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This hour-long show is performed by the Sarakasi Zulu Acrobats. Founded in 2001, the Sarakasi Trust aims to present the best of Kenyan culture and performing arts through acrobatics, dance and music.

* Bought to you by the Student Life and Leadership office.



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