Well-Being Center Features

  • CafĂ©

    Did you know?

    Our café uses – you guessed it – organic foods to provide our community with the healthiest and most nourishing options for a busy campus lifestyle.

    Wellness Tip:

    Organic produce contains fewer pesticides, is often fresher than non-organic options, and does not contain any antibiotics or growth hormones.

    Try This:

    If possible, choose organic options for the “dirty dozen” foods: strawberries, spinach, kale, nectarines, apples, grapes, peaches, cherries, pears, tomatoes, celery, and potatoes. These are the produce items that typically contain the most pesticides in conventional farming.

  • Outdoor Patio with Fire Pit

    Enjoy some time socializing or self-care on the patio or around the fire pit! The best source of vitamin D for the body comes from something you might not expect – the sun! When your skin is exposed to sunlight, vitamin D synthesis occurs, which allows your body to absorb calcium. This space also represents utilizing the social dimension of well-being. Bring some friends and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere!.

    Did you know?

    The best source of vitamin D for the body comes from something you might not expect – the sun! When your skin is exposed to sunlight, vitamin D synthesis occurs, which allows your body to absorb calcium. This is an essential mineral for maintaining strong and healthy bones.

    Wellness Tip:

    While sunlight provides our body with good amounts of vitamin D, it is also important to wear sunscreen daily with an SPF of at least 30. This can protect your skin from dangerous amounts of UVB rays.

    Try This:

    Take your studies outside to the Well-Being Center patio. If you’ll be out there for longer than 20 minutes, however, don’t forget your sunscreen!

  • Demonstration Kitchen

    The demonstration kitchen is a partnership between Dining Services and Health Promotion and is located in the seating area of the organic cafe. The demonstration kitchen will create opportunities for the campus community to learn about food and healthy eating. We plan to teach classes on basic cooking skills, nutrition, and food safety and sanitation. The campus community will have the opportunity to build life skills and create a culture of health and wellness through the joy of cooking.

    Did you know?

    Cooking and eating homemade meals is often much cheaper than eating at a restaurant or buying processed foods from a quick mart. It can also save time, especially when you meal prep on a weekend for an entire week.

    Wellness Tip:

    Incorporate healthy, organic food options into your meals when available. This will up the nutritional value of your meal and allow you to control what exactly goes into what you eat.

    Try This:

    Join us for cooking demonstrations, food samples, and fun, interactive classes at our brand new demonstration kitchen!

  • Meditation Garden

    Mindfulness is the quality of being present and fully engaged with whatever you’re doing at the moment — free from distraction or judgment, and aware of your thoughts and feelings without getting caught up in them. Mindfulness improves well-being, physical health, and mental health. Enjoy some time in the meditation garden to engage in the here and now!

    Did you know?

    Mindfulness is the quality of being present and fully engaged with whatever you’re doing at the moment — free from distraction or judgment, and aware of your thoughts and feelings without getting caught up in them

    Wellness Tip:

    Mindfulness improves well-being, physical health, and mental health.

    Try This:

    Take a seat and set a time limit. Notice your body and feel your breath following the sensation of your breath as it goes out and as it goes in. Notice when your mind has wandered and be kind to your wandering mind.

  • Meditation/Massage Rooms

    These rooms have multiple functions that promote well-being. When the room is not utilized for massage, feel free to spend time practicing mindfulness techniques and fining your balance. The room will also offer massage therapy. Massage therapy relieves stress, encourages relaxation, improves posture and circulation, lowers blood pressure, and helps manage pain. Massage therapy also enhances postoperative rehabilitation, improves rehabilitation after injury, and manages fibromyalgia pain naturally.

    Did you know?

    Massage is regarded as one of the oldest, known to human, health care services. It was used in China, India, Japan and we can even see it on the walls of Egyptian tombs.

    Wellness Tip:

    Massage therapy relieves stress, encourages relaxation, improves posture and circulation, lowers blood pressure, and helps manage pain. Massage therapy also enhances postoperative rehabilitation, improves rehabilitation after injury, and manages fibromyalgia pain naturally.

    Try This:

    After a day on your feet, sit down and roll a tennis ball or small rubber ball under the entire surface of the foot including the heel, arch and toes. Roll it back and forth using mild pressure.

  • Massage Chairs/Sleep Pods

    The massage chairs are available on first-come-first-serve basis. Located in a quite part of the building, these chairs will provide relaxation and will provide well-being benefits to the body. The sleep pods will also be located in this area. The National Sleep Foundation recommends that young adults (age 18-25) average 7-9 hours of sleep every night for optimal emotional and physical wellbeing. Naps are beneficial, but try to keep them under 30 minutes for a quick energy boost without feeling groggy. Also try to keep a consistent sleep and wake schedule -- even on the weekends!

    Did you know?

    The National Sleep Foundation recommends that young adults (age 18-25) average 7-9 hours of sleep every night for optimal emotional and physical wellbeing.

    Wellness Tips for Better Sleep:

    Naps are beneficial, but try to keep them under 30 minutes for a quick energy boost without feeling groggy. Also try to keep a consistent sleep and wake schedule -- even on the weekends! In addition, regular exercise helps reduce the time it takes to fall asleep, and research shows it can provide almost an hour more sleep at night.

    Try This:

    Figure out what time you need to wake up in the morning to have a productive start to your day. Then, backtrack to figure out what time you need to be in bed (and asleep!) to get your 7-9 hours.

  • Salt Therapy Room

    Himalayan salt crystals are known to release neutralizing negative ions that counteract overstimulation caused by electrical pollution. While one Himalayan salt lamp releases low levels of ions, a fully lined room creates a high level of neutral energy known to relax your mind and body. Halotherapy (salt therapy) is an all-natural, drug free, holistic therapy done in a controlled air environment kept at a cool temperature to recreate the natural salt cave microclimate that fosters good sleep, alleviate symptoms of allergies and asthma, and relieve stress. In the salt room, participants are invited to rest on comfortable chairs surrounded by the calming glow of pure salt crystals, while breathing in the dry Himalayan salt aerosol.

    Did you know?

    Himalayan salt crystals are known to release neutralizing negative ions that counteract overstimulation caused by electrical pollution. While one Himalayan salt lamp releases low levels of ions, a fully lined room creates a high level of neutral energy known to relax your mind and body.

    Wellness Tip:

    Halotherapy (salt therapy) is an all-natural, drug free, holistic therapy done in a controlled air environment kept at a cool temperature to recreate the natural salt cave microclimate that fosters good sleep, alleviate symptoms of allergies and asthma, and relieve stress.

    Try This:

    In the salt room, participants are invited to rest on comfortable chairs surrounded by the calming glow of pure salt crystals, while breathing in the dry Himalayan salt aerosol. A salt lamp can provide similar benefits in a small room or office.

  • Mind-Body Studio

    The Mind-Body Studio will provide multiple modalities of instruction for optimal well-being. These will be a combination of instructor-lead and self-guided formats that will increase flexibility and muscle strength, improves respiration, energy and vitality, protects from injury, decreases stress, and relieves anxiety.

    Did you know?

    Yoga originated in India. Yoga is one of the oldest physical disciplines in existence and is over 5,000 years old.

    Wellness Tip:

    Yoga combines body postures, breathing and meditation. Yoga increases flexibility and muscle strength, improves respiration, energy and vitality, protects from injury, decreases stress, and relieves anxiety.

    Try This:

    Cat Pose – Start on your hands and knees in a "tabletop" position. Make sure your knees are set directly below your hips and your wrists, elbows and shoulders are in line and perpendicular to the floor. Center your head in a neutral position, eyes looking at the floor. As you exhale, round your spine toward the ceiling, making sure to keep your shoulders and knees in position. Release your head toward the floor, but don’t force your chin to your chest. Inhale, coming back to neutral "tabletop" position on your hands and knees.

  • Peer Education & Advocacy Suite

    The Peer Educator & Advocacy Suite is designed to accommodate our numerous peer education and advocacy student groups and allow them to meet, collaborate, and coordinate their many events and programs throughout the year. Peer-led education programs play a valuable role in student development by offering opportunities for involvement in leadership, experiential learning, and training or shadowing programs for future health professions. Look for trainings to join one of our peer education and advocacy student groups throughout the year.

    Did you know?

    The Peer Educator & Advocacy Suite is designed to accommodate our numerous peer education and advocacy student groups and allow them to meet, collaborate, and coordinate their many events and programs throughout the year.

    Wellness Tip:

    Peer-led education programs play a valuable role in student development by offering opportunities for involvement in leadership, experiential learning, and training or shadowing programs for future health professions.

    Try This:

    Look out for trainings to join one of our peer education and advocacy student groups throughout the year.

  • Meditation Labyrinth

    A labyrinth is a walking meditation maze that goes back almost 5,000 years. It only has one path and there are no dead ends. Walking in a labyrinth can help you relax and feel at peace, open the flow of creativity, and cope with grief and loss. While walking in the labyrinth, quiet your mind and be aware of your breath. Allow yourself to find the pace your body wants to go, and allow others to pass you or know that you may pass others.

    Did you know?

    A labyrinth is a walking meditation maze that goes back almost 5,000 years. It only has one path and there are no dead ends.

    Wellness Tip:

    Walking in a labyrinth can help you relax and feel at peace, open the flow of creativity, and cope with grief and loss.

    Try This:

    While walking in the labyrinth, quiet your mind and be aware of your breath. Allow yourself to find the pace your body wants to go, and allow others to pass you or know that you may pass others.

  • Self-Care Resource Center

    Self-care is any activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health. Although it’s a simple concept in theory, it’s something we very often overlook. Good self-care is a key tool to use to improve your mood and reduce anxiety. It’s also a crucial element to a good relationship with oneself and others. The Self-Care Resource Center will contain elements for the five senses, and provide an opportunity to relax and rejuvenate!

    Did you know?

    Self-care is any activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health. Although it’s a simple concept in theory, it’s something we very often overlook.

    Wellness Tip:

    Good self-care is a key tool to use to improve your mood and reduce anxiety. It’s also a crucial element to a good relationship with oneself and others.

    Try This:

    Have a seat and take your blood pressure every once in a while. If you find that your numbers are consistently above 120/80, consider making an appointment at the Student Health Center.