Wellness Programming

Wellness Programming & Wellness Wednesdays

DOS - Wellness Well

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Wellness is a balance of the pieces of your life to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Wellness is not only physical health, it is a dynamic process of change and growth. There are many interrelated dimensions of wellness: physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, social, and occupational/environmental. Each dimension is equally vital in the pursuit of optimum health.

Recreational Sports and Fitness provides wellness programs and resources for students, members and the AU community. Partnering with Human Resources, Student Health Center, Athletics, and other departments, we create opportunities to help individuals in the AU community improve wellness.

Summer Walking Group


June-July 2015


June 1st, 9th, 17th, 25th, 29th

July 7th, 15th, 23rd, 31st

Make time for physical activity this summer! Enjoy a weekly group walk through campus and the surrounding community. A guided discussion on a specific health and wellness topic will be led by the group leader for the first 20 minutes of each walk.  This complimentary program is open to the entire AU community.  

Pre-registration is strongly encouraged! Contact RecFit via Brittany Madison at bmadison@American.edu or AHealthyU at ahealthyu@American.edu

Summer Walking Group

2015 Summer Group Exercise Schedule


Looking for exercise guidance, fun, and motivation? If so then check out our summer group exercise schedule! We provide a variety of class formats to meet your cardio, strength training, and flexibility needs! See schedule below for exact class offerings. 

Class Pass Options and Prices

  • Single Drop-In Class Pass - $9
  • 1 week Unlimited Pass - $20
  • 6 week Unlimited Pass - $40
  • Full Summer Unlimited Pass - $60
Questions?? Contact Becky Parks at bparks@american.edu

Summer 2015 Group Fitness Schedule

Wellness Workshops!

Let Rec Sports bring fitness & wellness to you. Check out our wellness programming menu with topics ranging from fitness, stress, nutrition, goal setting and much more! These workshops can be requested by any student group, academic class or campus department. For a complete list of workshops see the link below.

To request a workshop please contact Allie Jackson at ajackson@american.edu

Wellness Programming Menu

Bulletin Board Wellness

The bulletin boards in Jacobs Fitness Center and Cassell Fitness Center offer fitness and wellness information and tips. Some topics have included stretching, foam rolling, healthy eating, hand washing, cardio 101, sleep, and H1N1 flu prevention.

Student Wellness Center:

The Wellness Center provides health education resources and programs for AU students.  The Wellness Center's mission is to provide students with wellness resources, to promote healthy lifestyles, reduce risk behaviors and offer a safe, non-discriminatory environment.

The Student Wellness Center knows that wellness encompasses many dimensions, including physical, emotional, spiritual and social wellness.  The primary goal of the Wellness Center is to help students develop positive, healthy lifestyles that will endure throughout a lifetime. 

For more information, please visit the Wellness Center website @ http://www.american.edu/ocl/wellness/index.cfm

Other Wellness Resources:

Counseling Center

Counseling Center - 24x7 Hotlines

The Counseling Center offers counseling, self-help resources, referrals to private care, workshops, and discussion groups to help students gain the skills and insights they need to overcome adversity and thrive in their life and learning.

Counseling Center

Student Health Center

The Student Health Center is available to all students enrolled in credit courses at AU. The Student Health Center provides medical appointments, immunizations, health education programs, and referral to specialists. 

Student Health Center

Kay Spiritual Life Center

Kay Flame

The Kay Spiritual Life Center serves as a place where the entire community can, regardless of faith, gather for worship, fellowship, meditation, prayer and the exchange of ideas. The center welcomes people of all faiths.

Kay Spiritual Life Center

Dining Services

The AU campus has a wide assortment of healthy dining options. This includes the main dining facility, the Terrace Dining Room (TDR), the Marketplace (featuring Einstein's Bagels and Field of Greens), the Tavern (featuring American Pie and Salsa), and the Eagles Nest (featuring Subway).

Dining Services

Conflict Resolution Services

Eagle sculpture

Conflict Resolution Services focuses on assisting AU community members with resolving conflict on a wide variety of issues. They approach conflict as a neutral force that is a normal part of life. Rather than treating conflict as negative, they work with students, faculty, and staff to assist them in finding positive outcomes to conflict where possible.

Conflict Resolution Services

AU Farmers' Market

The AU Farmers' Market takes place every Wednesday from 11:00am to 4:00pm on the Quad in front of the Ward building.  The market features fresh produce from Agora Farms, hearth-baked breads from Upper Crust Bakery, and micro-roasted coffee beans from FreshOffTheRoast.

Farmers' Market