Given the busy schedules of today's college students, it can be easy to lose track of taking care of one's self. Physical wellness is an integral part of overall wellness and includes managing a healthy diet, getting adequate physical activity, good sleep, avoiding substance abuse and taking responsibility for your sexual health. Physical wellness also includes medical self-care and knowing when professional medical help is needed. The physical benefits of a healthy lifestyle often lead to the pscyhological benefits of enhanced self-esteem, improved mood and reduced stress. Maintaining a healthy life balance between academic responsibilities, extracurricular activites, sometimes job responsibilities, relationships and physical health is difficult. College students take advantage of campus resources, such as those provided on this website, and not be afraid to ask for help.
Exercise can be a huge stress reliever and there are many opportunities for William and Mary students to be physically active.
The Recreational Sports Department provides quality recreational opportunities to all members of the William and Mary Community to enhance and foster a lifelong appreciation for health, wellness and recreation. These opportunities include Intramural Sports, Sport Clubs, Outdoor Recreation trips, Group Fitness Classes, Personal Training and Informal Recreation opportunities. The 90,000 square ft. Student Recreation Center includes a gymnasium, multi-activity court, weight and cardio machines, a free weight room, climbing wall, pool, juice bar, raquetball and squash courts, locker rooms and an equipment center for recreation equipment rental and check-out. Outside of the Recreation Center are tennis courts, running trails, and fields for football, soccer and baseball.
The W&M Kinesiology & Health Sciences Department offers a wide variety of classes for those interested in learning more about physical health and wellness. The Department's Activity Program also provides students with an opportunity to participate in a wide range of outdoor and lifetime physical activities. Some of the activities provided are Yoga, Judo, Tai Chi, Adventure Games, Skiing and Snowboarding, Scuba Diving, Backpacking, Canoeing, Self-Defense, Tennis and Weight Training.
William and Mary Dining Services provides several dining locations on campus and a variety of healthy food choices for students. Dining Services goes out of their way to meet the needs of students with special diets, such as Gluten Free, Food Allergies, Vegetarian, and Low Sodium. Their website offers a wealth of nutrition information. It provides a list organic, vegetarian, and vegan brands that can be found on campus. It also includes information about Dining Services' sustainability efforts (such as recycling and waste reduction), nutrition tips and fact sheets, cooking and healthy meal-planning tips, recipes and links to other health & wellness resources.
Local Registered Dietitian
Marcia Dadds, MS, RD
Email for an appointment.
$75.00 per session.
William and Mary Counseling Center
The Counseling Center staff specializes in the developmental issues and clinical concerns common to college students such as relationship and family issues, academic and personal stress, identity development and personal growth. Students concerned about themselves or a friend can talk with a qualified Counselor for no cost. The Counseling Center also offers education on their website, such as eating disorder signs and symptoms.
Student CARES Team
The Student CARES Team advocates healthy eating and lifestyle choices for college students. Their goal is to promote positive body image and increase awareness about eating disorders and related issues on campus.
Sexual WellnessChoosing whether or not to engage in sexual activity is an important decision that affects a person's physical and emotional well-being. Check out the following resources for more information on issues related to sexual health or stop by the F.I.S.H.Bowl in the Campus Center today for free brochures and condoms.
Condoms in your CSU
Students can sign up to have free condoms delivered privately to their campus mailbox twice a week. Condoms in CSU's brought to you by H.O.P.E.