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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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Employee Health and Fitness Day


A day to encourage and support the Vanderbilt community in being physically active.


This is a great opportunity to enjoy free one day access to the Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center (Rec).


Activities throughout the day will include:


  • Open swimming during pool hours in the Rec's fifteen lane pool

  • “Know Your Numbers” with Health Plus 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

  • Group fitness classes (check out the schedule at: )

  • A group walk at lunch (Meet at Eskind Library for the Walking Trails on Campus tour lead by Brad Awalt) Noon -1 p.m.

  • Healthy foods at a “Core Nutrition” with Health Plus  11 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

  • Campus Dining Showcasing Their Healthy Foods Noon - 1 p.m.

  • Tours of the Rec 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

  • The Rec’s personal trainers will be available to answer your fitness questions Noon – 2 p.m.

  • Open bowling in the evening 4 -7 p.m.

  • A Healthy Cooking Class at 5 p.m. (presented by John Compton from the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society’s Rooted Community Health. Mr. Compton will cook vegetables not commonly used but included in Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) boxes. Samples and recipes for foods prepared will be available for all attendees.

  • Massage Therapy 5 - 7 p.m.

  • And more….. 


Make your plans now to enjoy Employee Health and Fitness Day activities.



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.


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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