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

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 8 dimensions of well-being.

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

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Focused Falcon Mindful Moments Workshop are free 4-week workshops offered to help manage stress, strengthen focus and attention, and increase memory. Additional key components of the workshop include learning mindfulness meditation, stress management techniques, methods to respond to difficult situations, and skills to live with intention and purpose. Introductory and advanced workshops are available

Introductory Workshops

  • Tuesdays from 12 - 1 PM
  • Session One: September 14, 21, 28, and October 5
  • Session Two: October 19, 26, November 2, and 9
  • Virtual attendance available via Zoom

Advanced Workshops

  • Mondays from 12 - 1 PM
  • Session One: September 27, October 4, 11, and 18
  • Session Two: November 1, 8, 15, and 22
  • Virtual attendance available via Zoom

Free Mindfulness Sessions

Offered August 30 – December 16 at the Student Recreation Center, Studio B

  • Mondays from 7 – 7:45 PM
  • Thursdays from 10 – 10:45 AM

Relieve stress with this guided meditation and mindfulness session, that includes practicing breathing exercises, visualizations, setting intentions, and a distant Reiki session. You will leave feeling relaxed, refreshed, and recharged.

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.

Fall 2021 Programming: Eppler South Gym

  • Yoga as you Are with Caroline, 
Mondays: 12:20 - 1 PM | September 13 - December 13
  • Beginner Strength Training
, Wednesdays: 12:10 - 12:50 PM | September 15 - December 15
  • No classes on Labor Day (9/6), Veterans Day (11/11), Thanksgiving Break (11/24 - 27)
 Regular class schedule during Fall Break (10/14 and 15)
  • 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

Traditionally, throughout the year, Recreation and Wellness conducts events through which you can gain knowledge and awareness of healthy self-care habits and participate in facilitated relaxation activities such as aromatherapy, deep breathing, coloring and crafts, progressive muscle relaxation, chair massage, and gentle yoga.

There are no self-care events scheduled at this time, but please see the resources below for ways that you can take care of yourself virtually, at any location.

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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