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New first-year hall promotes health and wellbeing

Photo credit: Alexandra Parris

Wellness services and residential life banded together to introduce a new first-year living learning community — the 360 Well-Being Hall — located on the second floor of Calvert Hall.

The new hall focuses on handling mental and physical health while in college and developing routines that will benefit students later in life. Each month will feature programs based on one of the eight dimensions of wellness — physical, social, intellectual, mental/emotional, spiritual, financial, environmental and occupational/vocational.

“In this learning community students will explore the eight dimensions of wellness through experiential programming and community engagement,” said Katherine Hewitt, wellness coordinator in counseling and wellness services. “Monthly events will help students discover the relationship between health and wellness in accomplishing goals.”

The first program of this year will align with the physical aspect of wellness, consisting of instructed group exercise in Bell Center.

“Mindfulness will be the focus for mental wellness. Healthy eating on a budget will be the topic for financial wellness, plus several others,” Hewitt said.

Chen Wang, sophomore, is the hall’s only resident assistant, as arranged by Residential Life coordinators.

“I’m an athletic person and passionate about fitness, so I’m eager to learn more about fitness and wellness,” Wang said.

This themed hall intends to give students strategies on how to deal with all aspects of health. Sleeping strategies and relaxation techniques are among some of the focuses of wellness.

“I was just interested in learning about how to eat healthier, live healthier and stay on track while I’m in college,” said Annabel McLeod, one of 20 first-year residents of the hall.

Incoming first-years had the opportunity to select into the 360 Well-Being Hall through their residential life housing preference form.

“Moving into college can be sometimes a hard transition, so I realized that going into this hall would be beneficial to me because it would enable to help me to manage stress amongst my work and extracurriculars,” said John Reinhart, a first-year student.

For ways to find out about staying healthy, follow @TUWellnessServices on Instagram and Facebook or visit

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