Thrive

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

 

Wellness Day - Wednesday, April 21: 11 AM - 1 PM

Outdoor on The Oaks Patio - (rain location: Student Recreation Center)

Event Highlights

  • Free healthy outdoor BBQ provided by Dining Services
  • Poker Walk
    • Participants can walk the distance of their choice - .5 mile or 1 mile walking path
    • At the end of their walk, participants draw their 5-card poker hand. The top 3 individuals with the best poker hand wins a prize. No prior knowledge of Poker is needed to participate.
  • Free chair massages
  • Adorable Therapy Dogs
  • Giveaways & Raffle prizes
  • Stress Management Resources
  • DIY flower pots

Free for faculty, staff and students. For more information, contact Karyn Smith at karync@bgsu.edu 419-372-9309.

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
  • Be the Creed: Alcohol and Other Drugs and More
 

Free Nutrition Education Consults

Do you want to eat healthier and don't know where to start? Do you have questions about your current diet or want to make any changes? We can help you reach your goals! Schedule a one-on-one meeting with BGSU's dietetic interns who can help you make the little changes you need to thrive.

Schedule a One-On-One Session

Additionally, we have an Instagram page @quarantinecookingbg and a website called Back to Basics, which are some great resources to start!

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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.

Focused Falcons Intermediate/Advanced is a free 4-week workshop to help manage stress, strengthen attention, and increase memory.  

Weekly sessions specifically designed for strengthening your ability to focus and pay attention. The workshop is designed for past participants of the Focused Falcons program or individuals who practice mindfulness on their own and are looking to deepen their practice. The program includes learning mindfulness meditation, stress management techniques, methods to respond to difficult situations, and skills to live with intention and purpose.  

Workshops are free for BGSU students, faculty and staff in collaboration with the BGSUS Counseling Center. Our beginner level workshop will be Tuesdays March 23rd and 30th and April 6th, and 13th from 12 – 12:50 PM. Registration is required.

Register Online

For More Information:

Morgan Alexander-Coster | Recreation and Wellness
morgale@bgsu.edu

Mindful Moments Drop-In sessions provide an open space and opportunity for students, faculty and staff to drop in, relax, and de-stress in a quiet, relaxing environment. Engage in your own practice or participate in short, guided mindfulness exercises and learn techniques that can easily be incorporated into your daily routine to help cope with stress.

There are no in-person sessions scheduled at this time.

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.

Schedule

  • Free #MOVE4YOURMOOD classes are offered January 11 - April 23
  • Follow @BGSURecWell on Instagram and @BGSUFitness on Instagram to tune in to IG Live classes
  • Regular programming will take place on Wellness Days throughout the semester
  • No classes on Martin Luther King Jr. Day (1/18)
Day Class Time Instructor Location
Monday Yoga as You Are 12:10 - 12:50 PM Caroline Register HERE  for Zoom Link
Monday Power Hour Yoga 5:30 - 6:30 PM Bryant Register HERE  for Zoom Link
Monday Yoga 6:30 - 7:15 PM Theresa Register HERE  for Zoom Link
Tuesday Total Body Burn 6 - 6:30 PM
Lauren IG Live @BGSURecWell
Wednesday Early Morning Yoga
9 - 9:45 AM Kelsey Register HERE  for Zoom Link
Wednesday Yoga Noon - 12:45 PM
Kelsey IG Live @BGSURecWell
Wednesday Power Hour Yoga 5:30 - 6:30 PM Bryant Register HERE  for Zoom Link
Thursday BODYPUMP Noon - 12:45 PM Jodi Register HERE  for Zoom Link
Thursday Yoga 7 - 8 PM
Kelsey Register HERE  for Zoom Link
Friday
Strength Training Circuits
Noon - 12:30 PM Luke
IG Live @BGSURecWell
Sunday Meditative Yoga 5:30 - 6:30 PM Bryant Register HERE  for Zoom Link
Sunday Yoga 6:30 - 7:15 PM Theresa Register HERE  for Zoom Link

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.

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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!

WELLNESS DAY PROGRAMMING

February 18 | Free Glow Cycle Classes and Smoothies:

  • Free 30-min cycle classes offered at 12:15 PM & 1 PM at the Student Recreation Center, Studio A. SRC membership is not required, but reservations are. Reserve your spot HERE.
  • Free smoothies available in the SRC lobby from 12 – 1:30 PM 

February 18 | Free Meditation Session:

  • 2 – 2:30 PM at the Student Recreation Center, Studio B. Reservations required. Reserve your spot HERE.
  • Relieve stress with this guided meditation, that includes practicing breathing exercises, visualizations, setting intentions, and a distant Reiki session. You will leave feeling relaxed, refreshed, and recharged.
  • Please bring a yoga mat and anything to make yourself comfortable. A blanket, hand towel, and pillow are wonderful to use.
  • Facilitated by Maria Signorino, a BGSU student who is certified in Reiki level one & level two. Maria loves to travel, be in nature, do yoga, and live in the present. She is very passionate about becoming the best version of herself and providing Reiki for others. (She provided the attached picture if you want to use it)

February 19 | #100repchallenge:

  • Move for your Mood & Heart Health! Stop by the Eppler South Gym between 11 AM – 1 PM to complete a fun bodyweight exercise circuit and enjoy free recovery snacks afterwards. All who complete the challenge are entered in a raffle for THRIVE well-being prizes.
  • Participate virtually! Submit your form HERE to be entered into the raffle.

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