Health and Wellness Learning Center

About the Health and Wellness Speaker Series

Since September 2019, our Health and Wellness Speaker Series has hosted 155 presentations that have drawn 2,689 attendees.  Those 155 presentations were given by 57 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 eight countries outside of the US (Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Germany, Hungary, Montenegro, New Zealand and the United Kingdom).  Moreover, nine of the speakers were faculty members at six colleges and universities (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

An Hour of Power: A Transformative Journey to Relieving Anxiety, Boosting Energy and Feeling Relaxed
Wed, Feb 28, 2024, 1:00 pm2:00 pm

Embark on an this transformative journey to decreased anxiety, increased energy and greater 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…

From Paws to Pause: How to Transform Your Life Through Embracing the Wisdom and Wanderlust of a Mindful Traveling Dog
Wed, Mar 6, 2024, 1:00 pm2:00 pm

Join the speaker -- a Mindfulness Master Trainer -- for a transformative workshop inspired by the global adventures of her dog, Sunny.  Ildy combines traditional mindfulness techniques with captivating storytelling, drawing on Sunny's journeys from New Zealand to Europe to the US.  This class offers more than just the skills to relax…

Personal Safety: Proven Methods That You Can Take With You Anywhere
Tue, Mar 19, 2024, 12:00 pm1:00 pm

Learn how to remain safe at all times and how to mitigate risk where possible.  The class will offer insight into the Risk Evaluation and Counter Techniques (R.E.A.C.T.) self-defense program.

Sean Ryder is a sworn police sergeant with the Department of Public Safety at Princeton University.  He co-instructed…

200 Elm Drive (Public Safety), East Conference Room
How to Develop Your Mindful Voice
Wed, Mar 20, 2024, 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…

Mindset Matters: Maximize Your Potential with a Mental Performance Coach
Thu, Mar 21, 2024, 12:00 pm1:00 pm

Discover proven strategies to unleash your potential!  In this exclusive class, you'll learn how to craft your personal MVP process by embracing purpose, intention and confidence while delving into actionable steps that will catalyze transformative change in your life.  Join the speaker for an immersive experience where energy meets…

Dillon Gym Tower Conference Room
From Milo to Macrocycle: Principles of Progression in Strength Training
Tue, Apr 2, 2024, 12:00 pm1:00 pm

The idea of progression has been around since Milo of Croton demonstrated his legendary feats of strength more than 2,500 years ago but is often overlooked today.  This class will explore practical methods for achieving measurable results from your strength-training workouts.  Learn how to examine variables that influence your ability…

Parks Rx: The Physical, Mental and Social Benefits of the Outdoors
Wed, Apr 3, 2024, 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.

Back Pain Prevention
Tue, Apr 9, 2024, 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
No Time to Work Out? No Sweat! Ways to Fit More Physical Activity into Your Daily Life
Wed, Apr 17, 2024, 12:00 pm1:00 pm

This class will focus in on simple exercises that can be done with minimal or no equipment.  These exercises can be performed in relatively confined spaces even in in business attire.  Emphasis will be on low-commitment but high-benefit strategies for people who find it difficult to get to the gym on a regular basis.

Dillon Gym Tower Conference Room
Stress Reduction Through Exercise, Stretching and Breath Work
Fri, Apr 19, 2024, 12:00 pm1:00 pm

Feeling stressed?  You’re not alone.  Learn how exercise, stretching and breath work can help with stress management.

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…

Dillon Gym Tower Conference Room
So, What’s for Dinner?
Tue, Apr 23, 2024, 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
Fitness After 40
Wed, Apr 24, 2024, 12:00 pm1:00 pm

This class will provide common-sense information and advice for fitness enthusiasts who are over the age of 40 or are approaching 40.  Even those who are in their 20s can learn why they're never too young to think about their older selves.

Shane Woolf '94, MD, is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon with…

How to Have a Positive Approach to Exercise, Health and Life
Wed, May 1, 2024, 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

Mindfulness- and Acceptance-Based Approaches to Enhance Performance in Sport and Life
Tue, May 7, 2024, 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…

Dillon Gym Tower Conference Room
The Future of Fitness and Wellness on the Princeton Campus: Construction Projects, Phase 2
Wed, May 8, 2024, 1:00 pm2:00 pm

During this class you'll learn about the most up-to-date progress of 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 Phase 2 of Class…


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].