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.

Strive for Five - FREE Wellness Challenge

June 27 - July 24, 2022


This 4-week challenge is designed to motivate, educate, and inspire YOU! Exercise, nutrition, and sleep are extremely important and can have an impact on our energy levels, productivity, mental well-being and more. The goals for this challenge are:

  • Move at least 30 minutes a day
  • Eat 5 or more servings of fruits + veggies
  • Sleep at least 7-8 hours a night


  • From June 27 – July 24, earn points by achieving daily goals: exercising for 30 minutes, eating at least 5 servings of fruits + veggies, and getting at least 7-8 hours of sleep a night. Strive for FIVE and aim to achieve you daily goals at least 5 days per week!
  • Points are tracked on the provided scorecard. Extra bonus points can be achieved weekly by attending free Move For Your Mood sessions and special activities found within the weekly newsletters during the challenge.
  • Earn 50 points and receive a wellness prize and eligible for other great raffle prizes!

 REGISTER ONLINE To participate in the 4-week wellness challenge, enroll online by June 24.

For More Information: Sarah Labuhn, Recreation and Wellness Intern:

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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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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 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.

Summer 2022 Workshop Schedule

Introduction to Mindfulness - This is an ideal class if you have never practiced mindfulness and are looking for a basic overview. Key concepts of mindulness and how to develop a practice are taught.

Tuesdays: Noon - 1 PM | June 7, 14, and 21 via ZOOM

Expanding Your Mindfulness Practice - Do you have experience with mindfulness and are looking to further your practice? In these workshop, we build upon mindfulness skill;s, to develop and grow your practice.

Tuesday: Noon - 1 PM | June 28, July 5 and 12 via ZOOM

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#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.

Summer 2022 Programming: Eppler South Gym

  • Yoga as you Are with Caroline
    Mondays: 12:20 - 1 PM, May 16 – June 27 (No classes on May 30 and June 20)
  • Beginner Strength Training with Sarah
    Wednesdays: 12:10 - 12:50 PM, May 18 – August 3
  • 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

Classes teach the concepts to apply mindfulness skills to important topics such as self-compassion, managing stress and anxiety, increasing motivation, and developing a healthy relationship with food. All events are open to faculty, staff, and students at no cost.

Summer programming schedules and registration links will be available at this location when details are confirmed.

Make sure to join us for other self-care and wellness events throughout the year including late night events 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!

Upcoming Events and Activities

Updated: 06/17/2022 03:05PM