Wellness Program Ideas for College Students
Brianna Sharp

Whether it be moving away from home for the first time or trying to maintain good grades, the reality is that college students face numerous challenges that can impact their overall well-being. To help them stay healthy, universities can offer wellness programs that encourage students to adopt healthy habits, manage stress, and lead happier, and more productive lives. 

So, what types of wellness programs can universities implement? Below are some ideas; let’s dive in!

1. Mindfulness and Meditation

One idea is to offer workshops or classes that teach mindfulness and meditation techniques. Oftentimes, students face stress and/or some form of anxiety in college. Mindfulness and meditation are activities that can be really beneficial in helping students reduce this stress, all while improving their overall focus.

2. Exercise Classes

A lot of universities have gyms that students can go to, but it’s important to make sure that these gyms are offering group exercise classes, such as yoga, pilates, dance, and more. Group activities like this are not only good for the mental and physical health of students, but they also give people ways to connect with one another.

3. Healthy Eating Workshops

It’d be a great idea to host workshops that focus on healthy eating and nutrition. In college, it’s easy to slip into the routine of eating unhealthy dorm food or cheap fast food… I can say so myself! With this, it’d be beneficial to offer workshops that both highlight the importance of eating healthy and that provide insights on where students can buy healthy, affordable food.

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4. Outdoor Activities

Getting outdoors in college can be challenging for some. Students are oftentimes busy between classes, homework, extracurricular activities, and trying to build and maintain friend groups. However, it’s beneficial for students to get outside and indulge in some activities in nature! Plan activities such as hiking, camping, or kayaking trips. These can provide students with a much-needed break from their studies and improve their overall well-being.

5. Volunteer Opportunities

Last but not least, it’d be a good idea to give students opportunities to volunteer. Giving back to their community could not only help students have a sense of purpose, but it could also help them build relationships, take a break from the mental stress of school, and improve upon their overall well-being.


Students face a variety of challenges in regards to mental and physical health in college, so it’s great when universities can provide them with wellness programs to combat these challenges. I personally benefited from wellness programs in college, and I know many other students who did as well. 


If you’re interested in implementing a wellness program at your university, BetterYou may be a fit for you!

BetterYou is an app that allows students to track their goals, such as walking a certain amount of steps per day or getting X amount of sleep each night. It’s a wellness platform that’s used by various universities to help their students improve upon their mental and physical health, and could also greatly benefit your own students.

If you’re interested in learning more about BetterYou’s platform, please don’t hesitate to reach out by clicking the “Contact Us” button that’s located on our main page. We look forward to connecting with you!

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