Health and Wellness Learning Center

Since September 2019, we've offered 116 classes in health and wellness that have drawn 2,139 attendees.  Those 116 classes were taught by 46 highly experienced and talented instructors from across our campus and around the globe, including 12 states (AZ, CA, CO, FL, KY, MA, MN, NJ, PA, SC, VA and WI) and five countries outside of the US (Canada, 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!

All Princeton students, faculty and staff can register!

The following classes are available through the Learning Center. 

Registration Instructions

Please register online through the Learning Center to reserve a "seat"*.  After logging in, under "Highlights" click on the "Enroll Now" button for “Health & Wellness.”

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

Health and Wellness Class Schedule

Strength Training for Runners
Wed, Sep 28, 2022, 12:00 pm1:00 pm

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

The 24-Hour Leader: Have Competitive Advantages Every Day!
Thu, Oct 6, 2022, 12:00 pm1:00 pm

Life is difficult if you don’t know how to lead.  In this highly dynamic class, you’ll learn daily habits and strategies to guarantee competitive advantages every day!

Parks Rx
Wed, Oct 12, 2022, 11:30 am12:30 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.

Exercise for Weight Loss -The Role of Energy Compensation
Thu, Oct 13, 2022, 12:00 pm1:00 pm

Weight loss from an exercise program is often less than expected.  Many individuals exercise for several hours a week to only lose a few pounds or none at all.  This is due to a coordinated set of compensatory mechanisms that actually resist the negative energy balance required for weight loss and created by exercise. …

Unlock the Powers of Mindful Sleep in Three Simple Steps
Tue, Oct 25, 2022, 1:00 pm2:00 pm

Do you feel more tired day by day, no matter how much sleep you get?  Sleep is as important as breathing and eating.  If you want to improve performance, you must pay attention to this fundamental biological issue.  A good night’s sleep is a requirement to form new learnings and memory pathways in the brain.  Maximize your…

Healthy Aging: How to Age Like an Athlete
Wed, Oct 26, 2022, 1:00 pm2:00 pm

Learn what’s happening to our body, mind and spirit as we enter into the most wonderful phase our lives.  How can we stay healthy and feel young?  As they age, so many people stop doing the things that they love because they don’t feel strong! Let’s learn what you can do to stay active, have fun and live a full life.

Getting off the Cycle of Yo-Yo Dieting
Tue, Nov 1, 2022, 1:00 pm2:00 pm

Do you feel as if you’ve tried everything to lose weight but are still on the rollercoaster of yo-yo dieting?  You’re not alone.  In addition to diet and exercise, effective weight loss should also incorporate a transformation of the psyche.  Discover the number one reason why people struggle to lose weight permanently and how…

Exercise and Energy
Thu, Nov 3, 2022, 12:00 pm12:45 pm

This class provides an overview of the energy systems involved during exercise.  Basic concepts will be presented for the lay person, including (1) fuel sources (carbs/fat/protein) to generate energy for muscle contraction; (2) aerobic exercise v anaerobic exercise energy sources; (3) influence of exercise intensity and duration on energy…

It Worked for Me! The Healthy Skeptic’s Guide to Testimonials
Wed, Nov 9, 2022, 12:00 pm1:00 pm

Testimonials endorsing the therapeutic value of health and fitness products, services and practices are often very persuasive.  This class will provide a skeptical examination of such testimonials.  It will address how they are often faked, how they are often erroneous when sincerely offered, what they don’t tell us and how they…

Maintaining Brain Health and Preventing Dementia
Wed, Nov 16, 2022, 12:00 pm12:45 pm

This class will introduce common brain diseases that cause dementia and strategies to maintain brain health.  Signs of pathological decline (due to a disease rather than normal aging) will be discussed.  Participants will learn strategies that they can use to keep their brains healthy and prevent/delay the onset of dementia.


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