Eight Dimensions of Well-Being

Learn About Well-Being - Direct from BGSU Students

More details for each dimension are featured in the sections below along with a listing of campus and other resources.


Physical well-being is a feeling of strength and energy from the mind and body, based from recognizing the need for physical activity, sleep, and nutrition.

Group Exercise Pass

Attend unlimited group exercise classes by purchasing a discounted faculty and staff group exercise pass at the Student Recreation Center Welcome Desk for a small fee. View a complete class schedule on the Group X Webpage.

Personal Training

Ready to start exercising and don't know where to begin or what to do about it? Take advantage of scheduling an initial consult (one hour) with a certified personal trainer and get individual attention to guide you on your exercise journey. The Recreation and Wellness Department has personal trainers to assist with goal setting and exercise recommendations on how to get started. For more information, visit the Personal Training page.

To schedule an appointment with a personal trainer, contact Karyn Smith at karync@bgsu.edu to get started. A Student Recreation Center membership is not required!

Free Walking at Eppler

Walk your way to better health and fitness. Fit more steps into your day by walking at Eppler Track. Courtesy of School of Human Movement, Sport and Leisure Studies, the track is available Monday - Friday from 8 AM - 5 PM.


BGSU Dining offers extensive information about nutrition and ways to eat healthy on campus. BGSU students have access to free nutrition counseling services and can meet with a dietitian to discuss a variety of needs. Learn more from the BGSU Dining Website.

The Teaching Kitchen provides opportunities to have fun while increasing knowledge of food, preparation, and gaining tools necessary to build a healthy lifestyle. Learn more from the BGSU Dining Website.

FYUL Line at The Oaks:

Our new FYUL line is a line that was created to help guests create a healthy plate. Each meal there are at least 4 items offered and guests can find a sign beside the food indicating health benefits of these meals. These signs are labeled as: Anti-Inflammatory, Immunity Boost, Protein Packed, Recovery and Sustained Energy. In addition, caloric and macro-nutrient information can be found on the TV above the station and on small cards (PID’s) in front of each food item.

  • Breakfast Fajitas
  • Butternut Squash, Turkey and Kale Breakfast Bowls
  • Spicy Tofu Breakfast Bowls
  • Zucchini and Chickpea Burgers
  • White Bean and Swiss Chard Tacos
  • Turkey Sweet Potato Stuffed Peppers
  • Sesame Crusted Cod and Tropical Orange Tilapia
  • Stuffed Acorn Squash with Pecan Wild Rice

Additional nutrition information is available from Choose My Plate.

Preventative Care and Services and Safety Training

  • Falcon Health Center
  • FREE Health and Safety Training: Sponsored by Environmental Health and Safety, classes include fire safety, lockout/tagout, fall protection, and other options. View Schedule Details.
  • FREE and Confidential HIV Testing: The Wellness Connection, located in the Student Recreation Center, offers free and confidential HIV testing. More Information about the current schedule and testing process.
  • FREE Body Fat Testing: Contact Karyn Smith at karync@bgsu.edu to schedule an appointment.
    Body fat is measured using Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis, a non-invasive, handheld device that measures body composition through a light electrical current.

Tobacco Cessation

Is it your time to quit smoking? Learn about Tobacco Cessation and the BGSU Clean Air Policy.

Alcohol and Other Drugs

Learn about the effects of alcohol and other drugs through the Wellness Connection.


Social well-being is defined as experiencing acceptance and support through trusted relationships with others, shared experiences, and opportunities for participation on a level playing field.

Top 10 Ways To Get Involved

Check the Student Engagement Website for even more information.


Environmental well-being is defined as health through a pleasant, stimulating environment and a sense of security that encourages calculated risks vulnerability, and supports well-being.

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Intellectual well-being is defined as the autonomous ability to meet individual goals, recognize creative abilities, embrace diversity, and seek ways to expand knowledge and skills.

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Emotional well-being is defined as developing skills and strategies to cope with stress, anxiety, depression, attention deficit and addiction. Viewing life with optimism. Feeling grateful and expression appreciation. Feeling validated and encouraged. Resiliency.


The BGSU Counseling Center offers a variety of services to support student success - individual counseling, group counseling, couples counseling, alcohol and other drug prevention services, student assistance and advocacy, community intervention and psychoeducational workshops.

Faculty and Staff

The IMPACT Employee Assistance and Work/Life Program is a benefit available to BGSU employees and their families offering access to confidential professional support 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The program is free of charge, courtesy of BGSU. Some highlights of their offerings include 5 free face-to-face counseling sessions (per occurrence), free, unlimited telephonic coaching services with mental health professionals and TESS, a mental health chatbot, that delivers emotional wellness coping strategies.

For more information visit Impact Solutions on the web. Your member login is: BGSU.

Releasing Stress Through Music

The act of drumming can potentially have positive effects on health and may help with stress, fatigue, and anxiety. Listening to drum sounds regularly could have the same effect as drumming itself. Other music such as Native American, Celtic, Indian stringed-instruments, drums, and flutes are very effective at relaxing the mind even when played moderately loud. Sounds of rain, thunder, and nature sounds may also be relaxing particularly when mixed with other music, such as light jazz, classical (the "largo" movement), and easy listening music.

Enjoy the Meditative Drum Circle provided below by the Wellness Connection plus learn more about the power of music from the University of Nevada Counseling Services and specific information about drumming from Project Resiliency: Mind, Body, Drum.


Spiritual well-being the search for meaning and purpose in life. Feeling appreciated and part of something bigger than yourself. Optimism.



Occupational well-being is the personal satisfaction and fulfillment derived from one's work and study. Career progression, learning, and being challenged to use and expand on individual strengths and passions.

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Financial well-being is satisfaction with current and future financial situations.

PNC Bank Financial Literacy

BGSU has partnered with PNC to provide financial literacy resources and workshops for students. Financial seminars include topics such as Money 101, setting financial goals, identity theft, and borrowing basics. BGSU Banking Basics by PNC Bank also has a money management online module that aims to teach students about the essentials of money management, from depositing checks to understanding income and how to create a budget.

Learn more about Financial Literacy Resources.

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Updated: 05/01/2023 10:08AM