Health and Wellness Learning Center

About the Health and Wellness Speaker Series

Since September 2019, we've offered 141 classes in health and wellness that have drawn 2,496 attendees.  Those 141 classes were taught by 51 highly experienced and talented speakers from across our campus and around the globe, including 13 states (AZ, CA, CO, FL, KY, MA, MN, NJ, OR, PA, SC, VA and WI) and six countries outside of the US (Canada, Costa Rica, Hungary, Montenegro, New Zealand and the United Kingdom).  Moreover, nine of the speakers were faculty members at other colleges and universities, including Quincy College, Rutgers University, University of Arizona, University of Colorado - Boulder, University of Kentucky and University of Wisconsin - La Crosse.

There are seven important dimensions of the UMatter Wellness Wheel: emotional, environmental, intellectual, occupational, physical, social and spiritual.  Learn how to enhance your wellness in these areas through our extensive and diverse curriculum of health and wellness classes!

All Princeton students, faculty and staff can register!

Registration Instructions

Please register online through the Learning Center to reserve a "seat"*.  After logging in, click "Training By Topic" (top gray menu bar).  Then on the list of topics, click "Health & Wellness."

*Registration is required at

For more detailed information about a class, please go to the Learning Center.

If you have any questions or reasonable accommodation requests, please contact Matt Brzycki at [email protected] or 609-258-3520.

Health and Wellness Class Schedule

Parks Rx
Tue, Sep 26, 2023, 12:00 pm1:00 pm

Healthcare providers and public health experts increasingly recognize the physical, mental and social benefits of time spent in the outdoors.  Learn about the “Nature Pyramid” and how/why you should maximize your – and your family’s – exposure to green space each day as well as prioritize more immersive nature experiences periodically.

Unleash Your Inner Resources
Wed, Sep 27, 2023, 12:00 pm1:00 pm

Discover the potential within you!  To have and pursue goals means dealing with inner and outer obstacles. Though we may at times feel stuck in a rut, lack confidence, motivation or creativity, we still have all the resources we need to move forward.  In just 60 minutes, you'll (1) learn key insights from Neurolinguistic Programming …

Strength Training for Runners
Tue, Oct 3, 2023, 12:00 pm1:00 pm

This class will discuss the benefits of strength training for runners.  Learn strategies for preventing common injuries and improving performance, as well as designing a program for a wide range of abilities and experience levels.

Jonathan Gray, MS, CSCS, is a Health Science Specialist at the Pentagon where he…

Be the Barbell: How to Use Body-Leverage Training for "Anywhere Workouts"
Wed, Oct 4, 2023, 12:00 pm1:00 pm

Body-leverage training offers the most safe, versatile, effective and consistent "anywhere workout."  A little creativity can transform your own bodyweight into a world-class gym.  Join the instructor for a survey of conventional bodyweight movements and modalities as well as some that you've never seen before.  Muscular fatigue…

Dillon Gym Multi-Purpose Room
How to Develop Your Mindful Voice
Tue, Oct 10, 2023, 12:00 pm1:00 pm

Did you know how many positive effects voice training has on your health?  And did you know how many positive effects meditation has on your health?  Both have been scientifically proved in many studies.  How about learning to incorporate both?  This class will show you a step-by-step method that you can use to develop your…

So, What’s for Dinner?
Wed, Oct 11, 2023, 12:00 pm1:00 pm

This class will sift through the confusion that’s associated with nutrition and weight loss and get right to the “meat and potatoes,” answering the basic question: “What do I make for dinner?”

Doug Scott, BS, CSCS, is the Director of Strength and Conditioning at The Pingry School in Basking Ridge, New Jersey.  At…

Dillon Gym Tower Conference Room
Is Sitting the New Smoking? Time to Take a Stand
Wed, Oct 25, 2023, 12:00 pm1:00 pm

It has become a common subject in the popular media: “people sit too much and it’s harmful to your health.”  But is that a misleading claim and what should people do to address this matter that is practical in the modern workplace?

James Eatroff, ACSM-CPT, is a project assistant in Health Promotion and Prevention…

How To Become an MVP and Compete with Confidence
Thu, Oct 26, 2023, 12:00 pm1:00 pm

Everyone has the ability to be an MVP yet most are lacking the proven strategy.  The speaker will share her knowledge as a mental performance coach to show you how to create your MVP process and bring more purpose, intention and confidence into your life.  Get ready to bring the energy, share experiences and leave the class with a…

Dillon Gym Tower Conference Room
Unraveling the Mysteries: 3 Surprising Factors That Can Sabotage Your Sleep
Tue, Oct 31, 2023, 1:00 pm2:00 pm

Delve into the lesser-known reasons behind restless nights and uncover hidden culprits that may be affecting your sleep quality. Explore the unexpected factors that could be hindering your ability to achieve restful slumber. From modern-day distractions to overlooked lifestyle habits, the speaker will shed light on these sleep saboteurs and…

An Hour of Power: Transformative Journey to Anxiety Relief, Energy Boost and Deep Relaxation
Tue, Nov 7, 2023, 1:00 pm2:00 pm

Embark on an "Hour of Power" - a transformative journey for anxiety relief, energy boost and deep relaxation. This won't be a lecture-based class. Instead, you'll dive into the world of mindfulness and peace through experiential learning. Practice and immersion will be your guides, making this journey an empowering and transformative experience…

Traits and Principles of Marine Corps Leadership
Wed, Nov 8, 2023, 12:00 pm1:00 pm

This class will detail the 14 traits and 11 principles that are used by the US Marine Corps to develop leaders. Woven into the discussion of these concepts is a brief overview of Marine Corps history, traditions and culture; notes about some famous people who were Marines; and numerous anecdotes.

Matt Brzycki, BS, is…

Dillon Gym Tower Conference Room
Back Pain Prevention
Tue, Nov 14, 2023, 11:00 am12:00 pm

This class will discuss the common dysfunctions causing acute and chronic low-back pain for those with active and sedentary occupations or lifestyles.  Also covered will be some techniques required for managing and reducing low-back pain.  Additionally, individuals will learn preventative techniques for keeping low-back pain at bay by…

Dillon Gym Tower Conference Room
Mindfulness- and Acceptance-Based Approaches to Enhance Performance in Sport and Life
Wed, Nov 15, 2023, 12:00 pm1:00 pm

Traditional models of enhancing performance rely on control-based strategies that can be inconsistent at best. This class will introduce mindfulness and acceptance as an alternative to traditional models of enhancing performance. Attendees will learn skills and strategies such as cognitive defusion, present moment awareness, willingness, value…

701 Carnegie Center, MPR-C
Identifying and Tackling Anxiety and Depression: A Biopsychosocial Approach
Tue, Nov 28, 2023, 12:00 pm1:00 pm

In this class, you'll learn the signs and symptoms of anxiety and depression, paying special attention to the “red flag” symptoms that can be seen through a biopsychosocial lens. Options will be discussed for how to manage, treat and cope with anxiety and depression while immersed in the challenges and rigors of life.


How to Have a Positive Approach to Exercise, Health and Life
Wed, Nov 29, 2023, 1:00 pm2:00 pm

Who hasn't felt stressed at some point during the past few years?  Among other things, stress often leads to negative thoughts and feelings.  In this class, you'll learn actionable information, including how the power of positive thinking can have a positive impact on exercise, health and life!

Diana Del Garbino

Improving Brain Health through Exercise
Fri, Dec 1, 2023, 12:00 pm12:45 pm

Learn the many beneficial effects that exercise has on the brain, including how it affects memory and depression.

Lori Klugman, BA, has been a personal trainer at Princeton University since September 2022.  She has been accredited as a Personal Trainer by the American Council on Exercise since 2016 and in Group…

Dillon Gym
The Future of Fitness and Wellness on the Princeton Campus: Update on Renovation Projects
Thu, Dec 7, 2023, 1:00 pm2:00 pm

During this class you'll learn about the two ongoing fitness- and wellness-based renovation projects taking place on Princeton’s campus: the Class of 1986 Fitness and Wellness Center and the Meadows Campus Fitness Center. The conversation will also include highlights of what's included in each project and information on when you can expect to…

Mindfulness- and Acceptance-Based Approaches to Enhance Performance in Sport and Life
Tue, Dec 12, 2023, 1:00 pm2:00 pm

Traditional models of enhancing performance rely on control-based strategies that can be inconsistent at best. This class will introduce mindfulness and acceptance as an alternative to traditional models of enhancing performance. Attendees will learn skills and strategies such as cognitive defusion, present moment awareness, willingness, value…

Jadwin Gymnasium, Zanfrini Room

Campus Recreation and UMatter 7 Dimensions of Wellness

Wellness is not merely the absence of illness or distress – it is a lifelong process of making decisions to live a balanced and meaningful life. Princeton University Campus Recreation has adopted the 7 Dimensions of the UMatter Wellness Wheel for Students, Faculty, and Staff to guide our well-being efforts. Each of our program offerings will fall under one or more of these dimensions to help you find the ways to enhance your wellness that work for you. Think about how you have been doing and feeling over the past month, and choose the option below that best describes your recent experiences.

Intellectual: Engaging in creative and mentally-stimulating activities, expanding your knowledge and imparting knowledge to others.

Social: The quality of the relationships you have and how you interact with others.

Physical: Making choices to avoid harmful habits and practice actions that support your physical body, health, and safety.

Spiritual: Having values or beliefs that provide a sense of meaning and purpose to your life, and considering whether your actions align with your values.

Occupational: Finding fulfillment from your work and study, contributing meaningfully, and continuing to expand your skills and strengths.

Emotional: Understanding your own feelings and expressing emotions in a constructive way. It is also the ability to manage stress and cope with life's challenges.

Environmental: Considering the interactions between your environment, your community, and yourself. The environment includes not only the natural environment but also your social environment.

Princeton University has an extensive pool of talented individuals who have expertise in many different spokes of the UMatter Wellness Wheel.  If you’re interested in sharing your professional knowledge/experience in health and wellness with the campus community, please contact Matt Brzycki at [email protected].