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Elements of Wellness at Vanderbilt UniversityThe Rec advocates a comprehensive approach to achieving a healthier lifestyle based on eight major categories of wellness. Through our programs and outreach, we seek to empower the Vanderbilt community to continually explore multiple dimensions of health and wellness and have fun doing it.


  Wellness Wheel  |  Life Phase Series  |  Mind Body Wellness  |  Resources



Know Your Wellness Wheel

The wellness wheel is a visual guide to better understand the eight dimensions or areas of an individual's life that make up their overall health. All elements are interconnected, meaning that setting goals in one area positively impact or improves your ability to expand that element of wellness.


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Life Phase Series

Life Phase Series are presentations offered bi-monthly on a variety of topics to support well being to the Vanderbilt community. Topics range from gardening to financial management.

Raised Bed Gardening

with Laura Barker, Vanderbilt Plant Operations Horticultural Specialist

Tuesday, February 26

4 - 5:30 PM

Location: Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center

Learn from an expert about early planting and actually plant in raised beds at the Rec at this class.


First Time Home Buying

with Tina Majors, Nashville area REALTOR with RE/MAX fine Homes, and Amelia Gesch with BrandMortgage

Thursday, March 14

12 – 1 PM

Location: 411 Light Hall

Presenters will share insight and information on the home-buying process, including identifying your home needs, selecting a realtor, financing, contracts, inspections, appraisals, and how to successfully close on your home.  


The Good, the Fad, and the Ugly

with Registered Dietitians Marilyn Holmes and Marissa Weitheimer

Tuesday, March 26

5 – 6 PM

Location: Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center

At this presentation receive up-to-date scientific evidence about select fad diets and tools to guide you in making informed choices.


Urban Cookout

with Rec and Outdoor Rec

Tuesday, April 16

5 – 7 PM

Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center – Pool Patio

You are invited to drop by and enjoy the great outdoors and a meal prepared by Rec staff. 

Contact: Marilyn Holmes, (615) 343-2638 or

Mind Body Wellness

The mind-body connection is a well-researched topic that points to the relationship between mental and physical health. The Vanderbilt Recreation & Wellness Center (Rec) offers several group fitness classes to cultivate this aspect of wellness, including:

Click here for the Group Fitness Calendar with class description, days & times. 

  • Yoga
    • Intro to Yoga
    • Yoga
    • Gentle Yoga
    • Hatha Yoga
    • Vinyasa Yoga
    • Ashtanga Yoga
    • Iyengar Yoga
    • Yoga Bands and Roller
  • Meditation
  • Beginner Meditation



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