THRIVE is a campus-wide comprehensive well-being initiative. At BGSU our mission is to intentionally prepare students, faculty, and staff to lead meaningful and productive lives. THRIVE helps achieve this mission and provide the fundamental life skills, resources, and support to enhance the welfare of our campus community by promoting the integration of the eight dimensions of well-being.

Take your well-being to new heights and equip yourself with the tools and life skills to excel at BGSU and beyond.

Physical Well-Being
Social Well-Being
Environmental Well-Being
Intellectual Well-Being
Emotional Well-Being
Spiritual Well-Being
Occupational Well-Being
Financial Well-Being


Developing stress management skills, resiliency and grit, and establishing healthy self-care habits are all essential for living a healthy, meaningful life. Facilitated by the Counseling Center and Wellness Connection Peer Health Educators, these 45-minute interactive, educational sessions can be requested by any campus group (student organization, Residence Hall, department, academic class, and faculty or staff meetings), free of charge!

THRIVE Educational session topics include:

  • Mindfulness
  • Stress Survival
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Grit and Resilience
  • Healthy Coping
  • Nutrition
  • Exercise is Medicine
  • Alcohol, Other Drugs and More
THRIVE Educational Session Request Form

Select a Presentation:

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is learning to be intentionally in the present moment, without judgement. A mindfulness practice has been shown to improve mental and physical health, academic performance, focus, relationships, and the ability to handle difficult situations. Recreation and Wellness offers a variety of mindfulness-based programming to improve your health and well-being. All programs are open to faculty, staff, and students at no cost.

Focused Falcon Mindfulness Workshops


These 4-week workshops explore how to start or expand a mindfulness practice through engaging activities and presentations. Participants gain skills in stress and anxiety management, handling difficult situations, building self-compassion and a non judgemental attitude, and improving focus and memory.

Introduction to Mindfulness

  • Wednesdays from Noon - 1 PM
  • January 26, February 2, 9, 23
  • Virtual attendance available via Zoom

Expanding Your Mindfulness Practice

  • Thursdays from Noon - 1 PM
  • March 17, 24, 31, April 7
  • Virtual attendance available via Zoom

Free Mindfulness Practice Sessions

Relieve stress with this guided meditation and mindfulness session, that includes practicing breathing exercises, visualizations, setting intentions, and a distant Reiki session. Leave feeling relaxed, refreshed, and recharged. All sessions are FREE and registration is not required.

January 10 - April 29 at the Student Recreation Center, Studio B

  • Mondays: 4:15 - 5 PM
  • Wednesdays: 7:30 - 8:15 PM

Falcons Flourish Incentive Program

By attending any of our mindfulness programs, you are entered into our Falcons Flourish Incentive Program. Earn points for program attendance to be eligible for gratitude gifts at the end of the semester.

  • Complete a Focused Falcon Mindfulness Workshop - 5 Points
  • Attend a Mindful Moments Class - 1 point
  • Attend a Mindful Self-Care Event - 1 Point
  • Points accumulate from January 10 - April 15

Complete the Incentive Program Form to receive your gratitude gift. Available for pick up at the Wellness Connection in the Student Recreation Center.

Additional Resources:

#Move4YourMood is inspired by Spark, a groundbreaking and fascinating investigation into the transformative effects of exercise on the brain, from the bestselling author and renowned psychiatrist John J. Ratey, MD.

Dr. Ratey embarks upon a fascinating and entertaining journey through the mind-body connection, presenting startling research to prove that exercise is truly our best defense against everything from depression to ADD to addiction to aggression to menopause to Alzheimer’s. (©2008 John J. Ratey (P)2008 Gildan Media Corp).

In addition to the physical health benefits of exercise, regular physical activity can positively impact your brain function, boost your mood, and help reduce stress, along with many other enhancements to mental health. Join us for these fun, low-impact movement sessions. All sessions are FREE for BGSU students, faculty and staff. Registration is not required. A yoga mat or towel is recommended for Yoga as You Are and wear comfortable athletic shoes for other sessions.

Other great opportunities to be active on campus include group fitness classes, small group training, personal training, intramural sports, club sports, and getting fit your own way.

Spring 2022 Programming: Eppler South Gym

  • Yoga as you Are with Caroline, 
Mondays: 12:20 - 1 PM | January 24 - April 25
  • Beginner Strength Training
, Wednesdays: 12:10 - 12:50 PM | January 26 - April 27
  • No classes during Spring Break (March 7 - 11)
  • All movement sessions are free to students, staff, and faculty. No experience is required, so come as you are! Please bring a towel/yoga mat if possible for Yoga sessions and wear comfortable athletic shoes for other sessions.

For More Information:
Karyn Smith
Health Educator, BGSU Division of Health and Wellness
419-372-9309 |

Past classes can be viewed on the @BGSURecWell on Instagram

Office Yoga with Sylvie

Yoga, right in your own office (or home), is a great way to fit in a movement break during your day. Join fitness instructor, Sylvie, as she takes you through a short series of yoga exercises that can be done most anywhere, at any time.

Assumption of Risk

If you engage in the virtual exercise classes, you agree that you do so at your own risk, are voluntarily participating in these activities, assume all risk of injury to yourself and agree to release and discharge RecWell and all employees and/or successors from any and all claims of action, known or unknown, or arising out of RecWell’s negligence.

Recreation and Wellness Policies

There are 1,440 minutes in a day – dedicate 2% of yours to moving and enhancing your health and well-being!

Learn more about #MOVE4YOURMOOD from Falcon Fitness.


Funding provided fully or in part by the Ohio College Health Association

Join us for interactive events to learn how to apply mindfulness skills to important topics such as self-compassion, managing stress and anxiety, increasing motivation, and developing a healthy relationship with food. For virtual events, activity supplies will be available for pick up at the Wellness Connection in the Student Rec Center. All events are open to faculty, staff, and students at no cost.

  • Embracing Self-Compassion | January 26: 7- 8:30 PM (Zoom)
  • Managing Stress and Anxiety | February 2: 7 - 8:30 PM (Zoom)
  • How to be Your Own Yoga Instructor | February 17: 8 - 9 PM (Zoom)
  • Mindful Eating and Nutrition| March 30: Noon - 1:30 PM at The Teaching Kitchen
  • Improving Motivation | April 13: 7 - 8:30 PM, BTSU 314

Register Online for Mindfulness Self-Care Events

Make sure to join us for other self-care and wellness events throughout the semester, including Big Playground, Summer Splash, and finals week self-care programming. To learn more about these and other events visit the Wellness Connection Website. 

At-Home Virtual Self-Care Opportunities

Active Minds' Remote Resources Hub: An online hub providing support to students for their mental health during COVID-19.

Health.Gov: Find information about a variety of topics that benefit your overall well-being including food and nutrition, health literacy, staying active and health care.

Health.Gov's Dietary Guidelines: Resources to educate you about developing a healthy eating pattern.

The Science of Well-Being - A FREE course from Yale that teaches you how to be happy!

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