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

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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 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

Virtual Wellness Classes are FREE for BGSU faculty/staff and students and are facilitated by the Wood County – OSU extension office. Classes are taught by Susan Zies, OSU Assistant Professor and Shannon Smith, a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist. 

Openthe tabs below for complete class descriptions and registration links.

Exploring the DASH Diet to improve Blood Pressure

September 22, 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM

Nearly half of the adults in the US have high blood pressure and only 1 in 4 adults have it under control. Uncontrolled blood pressure can lead to many complications. The DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) is a lifestyle that has been proven to lower blood pressure by the foods we eat.

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Exercise is Good for the Heart and the Brain

September 29, 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM

Daily exercise does more than just reduce the risk of disease and improve your cardiovascular health; it can also help you feel better mentally. This session focuses on national trends, benefits of physical activity, and provides fitness tips to help one’s brain and cardiovascular health.

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Cooking for One or Two

October 7,  Noon - 12:45 PM

One and two person households are the fastest growing segment of the population. A large percentage of the population is cooking for one or two, so you are not alone! There are many reasons people find for not wanting to cook or eat alone. This program shares strategies for cooking for one or two, teaches how to reduce recipe ingredients for smaller amounts, and offers new recipe ideas to add to your weekly menu when cooking for one or two.

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Take Charge of your Diabetes

October 14, Noon – 12:45 PM

Diabetes is on the rise with 34.2 million Americans—just over 1 in 10—that have a diagnosis of diabetes. Learn about the burden Diabetes has in the state of Ohio, what is driving this epidemic, as well as the types of Diabetes. This program also discusses the complications of diabetes, signs and symptoms and strategies to use to help make sound meal planning decisions.

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Lets Talk Coffee!

October 21, Noon - 12:45 PM

American coffee drinking has reached new highs and is essential to daily lives coast-to-coast. 62% of Americans drink coffee every day, with an average of 3 cups per day. We will discuss some of the latest research findings on coffee as it relates to your health, as well as nutrition content of popular coffee beverages.

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Meatless Meals

October 28, Noon - 12:45 PM

Meatless meals, it is good for you and good for the planet! More and more consumers are choosing to skip meat once a week. Learn innovative ways to make meatless dishes part of your weekly cuisine.

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Nutrition 101

November 3, Noon - 12:45 PM

In this workshop, we go to back to the basics of nutrition. We discuss macronutrients vs micronutrients and what they are, as well as their benefit in our diet. Additionally, we will discuss the different types of fats found in the diet, and sources for heart healthy fats. Vitamins and minerals are play an important role in a healthy diet and we discuss their function in the body as well as food sources.

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Seasonal Eating for people with Diabetes

Noember 9, Noon - 12:45 PM

November is National Diabetes Month, and with 34 million Americans who h have diabetes, this time of year can be more difficult to manage.  This class will provide tips for managing your diabetes during the holidays. You will learn how to prepare favorite holiday foods that are both nutritious and delicious.

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Smart Sacking

November 17 Noon - 12:45 PM

Americans love snacks. One 2019 study by Food Insights Org found that 97% of people report snacking weekly. According to the United States Departments of Agriculture, the average American eats 2.2 snacks per day. Snacks be part of a healthy eating pattern, if you choose wisely when selecting your snacks. In this session, we will discuss what a snack is, reasons we snack, how to build a healthy snack, and snack recipes to try at home.

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Manage your Money

December 6, Noon - 12:45 PM

Maintaining a healthy credit score and controlling your debt can have a significant impact on your financial health and wellbeing. Your network will significantly increase if you can manage your debt. This session helps participants understand credit, identify the implications of using credit, learn how to access a free credit report ,and identify techniques to manage debt for a financially healthier 2022.

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Workplace Wellness

December 15, Noon - 12:45 PM

More than 156 million full-time workers in the United States spend one-third of their day at the workplace. These employees often spend hours sitting at a desk or in meetings, with little opportunity for physical activity. Getting physical activity in one’s daily routine can be a challenge in busy workplaces across the nation. However, prolonged sitting increases the risk of premature death by 40% and doubles the risk of cardiovascular disease, even in lean people who exercise regularly. It shuts off our ability to burn calories and the electrical activity in leg muscles, drops fat-burning enzymes by 90%, and limits the effectiveness of good cholesterol and insulin. In this session participants learn the importance of physical activity in the workplace, some of the challenges faced to getting physical activity at work, and ideas and resources for physical activity breaks.

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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, gentle yoga, managing anxiety, self-compassion, increasing motivation, and developing a healthy relationship with food.

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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