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Optimal physical wellness is developed through the combination of beneficial physical activity/exercise and healthy eating habits. Developing physical wellness empowers you to be able to monitor your own vital signs and understand your body’s warning signs. The physical benefits of looking good and feeling terrific most often lead to the psychological benefits of enhanced self-esteem, self-control, determination and a sense of direction.

  • Exercise regularly
  • Eat properly
  • Avoid the use of tobacco, illicit drugs, and excess alcohol
  • Develop an appreciation of your body
  • Practice health-promoting behaviors, such as regular physical checkups, breast or testicular self-exams, regular and routine testing for STD


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Campus Resources

  • Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center
  • The Health Plus Program provides a variety of resources like health screenings, classes, and self-help options to help increase physical activity, eat healthy, and reduce health risks.
  • According to the CDC, adults need 150 minutes of physical activity each week. Use the Start! Program to record your physical activity. Log in with your VUnet id and password below.
  • Go Figure hosts campus wide events like Love Your Body Day, National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, and No Makeup Day.
  • VRWC Personal Training: Clients have the option to train one on one or with friends in a small group setting. Weight loss, injury recovery, advanced skill building and more; members looking for a more individualized fitness experience look to VRWC Personal Trainers to achieve their personal goals.
  • Fitness Assessments at the VRWC: Free for VRWC members, assessments are performed by professional staff and clients receive a personalized report of your current fitness status and recommendations for improvement. Check out the website for more information.
  • Nutrition Corner: On this website you will find basic nutrition information, tips for making healthier food choices, healthy eating resources and much more. You will also find info on Vandy Cooks, Nutrition Minute, and Personalized Nutrition Coaching!
  • VU Club Sports & VRWC Intramural Sports
  • Campus Dining
  • Spoon University: This publication is for the students, by the students, serving as a what’s hot and what’s new for the food enthusiasts of Vanderbilt’s campus.
  • Disabilities Awareness Partnership is dedicated to generating awareness about people with disabilities, promoting cooperation between persons with and without disabilities, and creating a more accessible environment and campus.
  • Department of Health Policy: To inform health policy and to improve health and health care through research, education and service.


Local Resources

Vanderbilt Dayani Center for Health & Wellness

Alignment Nashville: The mission of Alignment Nashville is to bring community organizations and resources into alignment so that their coordinated support of Nashville’s youth has a positive impact on public school success, children’s health, and the success of our community as a whole.

Centennial Sportsplex & Metro Parks and Recreation: The Parks and Recreation Department offers a variety of facilities and programs throughout Davidson County. Currently, there are over 13,500 acres of open space, including 121 parks and 19 greenways. There’s something for everyone in Metro Nashville Parks. We offer after school programs for kids, senior programs, special population programs, cultural arts classes, dog parks, a variety of trails, nature programs, sports leagues, art galleries, and much more.

Nashville Greenways & Trails: There are over 190 miles of trails in Davidson County! These include over 80 miles of off-street (primarily paved) multi-use greenway trails and various other types of trails within parks for walking, hiking, mountain biking and equestrian use.

Nashville Farmers’ Market: open daily and more events in the evening. Lots of helpful charts for selecting seasonal fruits and vegetables.

The 15 Best Places for Healthy Food in Nashville: created by Foursquare users, the list is continually evolving so check back frequently and give your own input!

The Naked Food Magazine

Activities & Exercises to improve or interact with physical/nutritional wellness


Interesting Articles

  • Rethinking Exercise as a Source of Immediate Rewards (Article)
  • How The Media Makes Men Hate Their Bodies Too (Article)
  • What Our Obsession With So-Called “Bikini Bodies” Says About Us (Article)
  • You Don’t Have to Like Fat People (Article)
  • Food Pyramids and Plates: What Should You Really Eat? (Article)
  • How To Eat Mindfully: The Best Piece Of Chocolate You Will Ever Have (Article)

The Wellness Center Team invites suggestions and community contributors to our Wellness Wheel pages-We are always looking to keep things fresh! If you have an article you’d like to see posted or would like to add your organization as a resource, please contact Jennifer Ray at jennifer.e.ray@vanderbilt.edu.