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The Wellness Office

The Wellness Office supports the mission of Smith College by integrating innovative wellness interventions into the academic, residential and extracurricular realms of students' lives. Invite Emily Nagoski, director of Wellness Education, to your house to present a workshop on alcohol, stress, sexuality, contraception or HIV/STDs. Other experts can present on eating disorders, nutrition and cold/flu prevention.

The Wellness Office Web site contains substantive but easy-to-read information on alcohol, stress, sex, nutrition and mental health. You can also submit a question to Emily Nagoski directly.

Be well -- or get involved in helping others Be well -- by doing any of these things:

Eat healthy food

Lamont, Morrow/Wilson, and Hubbard offer "healthy options" menus for students. Check online to pick the house that has the best menu to fit your tastes. The dining staff is very friendly and willing to answer all your questions about preparation and ingredients. If you're unsure of what you're eating, ask!

Visit the Counseling Center

The Smith College Counseling Center is not there for other people—it's there for you! Take the time to reflect on what's stressing you out by allowing yourself to talk about it.

Participate in the Outdoor Adventure Program

The Outdoor Adventure program at Smith organizes fun outdoor trips throughout the school year! While some can be more challenging, most of them require no experience and are usually free. Trips vary from easy foliage hikes, snowshoeing, canoeing and sea kayaking to more exciting rock climbing, caving and overnight backpacking.

Climb the climbing wall

Don't know how to climb or just want to try it? Come to an open clinic hour at the Ainsworth Gym Fitness Studio. Shoes and harnesses are available for free!

Kayak in the pool

Learn to kayak in the pool every Friday night from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. No experience necessary.  E-mail Outdoor Adventure Coordinator Scott Johnson for more information.

Take a Get Fit Smith Class

The Get Fit Smith (GFS) program is open to the entire Smith Community on a drop in, first-come basis. With fun and relaxation in mind, Get Fit Smith offers classes in yoga, pilates, core conditioning, personal training, cardio kick-boxing and more. The majority of participants are students. No experiences is necessary.

Sign up for an ESS performance course

The Department of Exercise & Sport Studies (ESS) offers more than 90 sections of performance and exercise related courses that fall under the categories of aquatics, conditioning and fitness, equestrian, mind-body, outdoor skills and sport skills. The performance courses are largely 1 credit. A maximum of four performance course credits may be counted toward your 128 credit requirement for graduation.

Play a Club Sport

Play golf, ice hockey, ultimate frisbee or something else! Contact one of the club sport officers.

Splash in the pool

Smith has a big, beautiful swimming pool where you can swim laps or just hang out with friends! Check the Web site for regular hours and scheduling changes.

Go to the gym

Run or walk on a treadmill, lift weights or stretch. Check the Web site for the gym schedule.

Hire a personal trainer

Don't know where to begin? Smith has a list of trainers (some are Smith alumnae) with lots of experience helping people get started.

Make a routine or sick visit to the doctor

Not feeling well? Get checked out! You can also get routine care: a physical, a gynecological exam, an immunization.

Socialize with new people in a club or org

Sing with Crapapella; play rugby; fix your bike! Joining a club or student organization is a great way to take a break from studying and meet new people.

Become a health rep

Health reps are elected by houses and serve as liaisons between Health Services and the residential student body. The major goals of the position are to supply the houses with Health promotion information and resources, such as latex products.

Become a wellness rep

While the health rep serves as an elected liaison between Health Services and the house, a wellness rep is not elected. There can be more than one per house, and off-campus students are welcome.

Join the Wellness Committee

The Wellness Committee, led by Emily Nagoski, welcomes new student members. The committee meets on the first Thursday of every month at noon in CC 205. Contact Jan Morris.

E-mail: jmorris@smith.edu