How to Give the Academic Year a Healthy Start at Meredith

Meredith College offers many options to help students start the new academic year in a healthy way and to maintain these good habits throughout the year.
Assistant Professor of Exercise and Sports Science Susan Drury-Rohner, who coordinates Meredith’s campus wellness program, said time management issues are often what keep students from making positive choices for their health.

“Finding time for regular meals, planning snacks and making time for studying, for physical activity and for stress breaks is important,” Drury-Rohner said. “Unless you build it into your schedule, you can easily get distracted and neglect healthy options.”

Meredith provides opportunities for students to manage their emotional well-being, nutrition and physical activity.

Emotional Well-Being
“Planning will help with stress management and will support all three aspects of wellness,” Drury-Rohner said. For more help, students can take advantage of resources available on campus through Meredith’s Counseling Center. Meredith’s Chaplain Stacy Pardue is also available to the Meredith community for counseling.

Meredith offers on-campus sessions with a nutritionist. Katie Ort, a nutrition expert with Healthy Diets, Inc., is available by appointment for individual sessions. These nutrition counseling sessions are covered by most insurance plans. Students without participating insurance plans can participate at discounted rates.

Ort will perform assessment tests and will help students create a personal nutrition plan. Email to schedule an appointment.

Early in the fall semester, Meredith will also offer group sessions to help students navigate campus dining in Belk and the Bee Hive, in order to make healthy dining choices.

Drury-Rohner suggests students keep a food log to monitor their eating habits. “It doesn’t have to be a specific, detailed listing of calories, but a food log is a good way to be aware of what you are really eating,” she said.

Physical Activity
There are many opportunities for students to get exercise at Meredith.

A great way for students to make sure they get regular exercise is to take physical education courses. “That guarantees you’ll get a workout,” Drury-Rohner said.

A fun option is the Angels in Motion (AIM) program, which offers a wide variety of workout classes, including zumba and yoga. Students pay a $5 fee for unlimited classes throughout the academic year. At least two classes are offered each week during the semester.

Students can also exercise independently by walking on the greenway that crosses the Meredith campus, or working out in the Fitness Center. Students can complete orientation for the fitness equipment with any Fitness Center staff member. Personal training is also available.

Meredith also offers a variety of clubs and organizations related to wellness. The Sports Science Association (SSA) is open to students majoring in exercise and sports science as well as to non-majors. Each semester, SSA sponsors an on-campus 5K. There are also club teams in a variety of sports.

Students who are interested in learning more about wellness can enroll in courses such as Contemporary Health Issues (HED 100), which offers a foundation in basic health and wellness.

To register for the student wellness listserv, email and receive by-monthly wellness updates.  

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