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
  • Be the Creed: Alcohol and Other Drugs and More

Focused Falcon Mindful Moments 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.

Workshops are free for BGSU students, faculty, and staff in collaboration with the BGSUS Counseling Center. The first series of workshops take place via ZOOM and registration is required.

Identical content is delivered in each workshop, select only one.
Workshop I: Sept 18 – October 9 Fridays from 1 – 1:50 PM via Zoom
Workshop II: October 19 – November 9 Mondays from 11 – 11:50 AM
Register Online

Participants receive a free THRIVE journal, the book “The Mindful Twenty-Something: Life Skills to Handle Stress… & Everything Else” and can earn a free THRIVE t-shirt upon completing the program.

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.


Free #MOVE4YOURMOOD classes are offered September 1 - December 11.
Follow Falcon Fitness @BGSUFitness on Instagram to tune in to IG Live classes.
No classes on Monday, September 7 (Labor Day) and Wednesday, November 11 (Veterans Day)

Day Class Time   Instructor Location
Monday Yoga as You Are 12:10 - 12:50 PM
Caroline Zoom - JOIN HERE
Tuesday Total Body Burn
6 - 6:30 PM
Lauren Falcon Fitness - Instagram Live
Wednesday Yoga 5:15 - 5:45 PM
Kelsey Falcon Fitness - Instagram Live
Strength Training Circuits Noon - 12:30 PM Sylvie Falcon Fitness - Instagram Live

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!

THRIVE – Virtual Wellness Challenge: January 11 - February 10

To Participate:
  1. Post daily photo challenges and tag @BGSURecWell on Instagram and Twitter for your change to be featured on our page. While you're at it, mark off each well-being activity you complete!
  2. Upload your completed challenges & submit here to enter the raffle to be one of 5 random winners. One winner each week.
Daily Challenges/Well-Being Activities:
Week 1 (1/11 - 17):

1. Self care activity
2. Holiday decor/themed
3. Workout shoes
4. A healthy snack
5. Your surroundings
6. Before workout
7. Try a new recipe

Week 2 (1/18 - 24):

8. Animal or pet
9. Your mantra/favorite quote
10. After workout
11. Book you've been reading
12. Family or friends
13. Workout routine
14. Watch a movie or TV show

Week 3 (1/25 - 31):

15. Your favorite hat
16. Coffee/breakfast
17. Postitive affirmations
18. Home decor
19. Workout set-up
20. Outfit of the day
21. Do something you've put off

Week 4 (2/1 - 7):

22. Workout tunes/prizes
23. Hydration/water bottle
24. Try something new
25. An act of kindness
26. Staying connected with friends
27. Favorite class or location on campus
28. Something that makes your smile

Week 5 (2/8 - 11):

29. Something that inspires you
30. Go for a walk
31. Make a gratitude list

Upcoming Events and Activities