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Wellness at Northwestern

Educating our students in making healthy decisions that enhance individual success and community well-being

Wellness is an ongoing process and a life-long journey, not a one-time event. Northwestern encourages and supports our students in taking action on all eight interconnected dimensions of wellness in order to build everyday habits, which improve quality of life. It may also help individuals live longer, manage current health conditions, and support recovery from illness, injury, and addiction.

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About the 8 Dimensions

About the 8 Dimensions

About the 8 Dimensions

Wellness means overall well-being. It is an ongoing process and a life-long journey, not a one-time event. Health Promotion and Wellness, along with many other campus offices, encourages and supports Northwestern students in taking action on all eight interconnected dimensions of wellness in order to build everyday habits, which improve quality of life. It may also help individuals live longer, manage current health conditions, and support recovery from illness, injury, and addiction.

Wellness Feature

Financial Literacy as a Student

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It is common to hear students bemoan that there is no adulting class in high school or college with a crash course on personal finance (though that is changing). Taxes, mortgages, credit scores, loans, and investments are daunting topics that might seem like problems for a future version of yourself.

Instead of putting pressure on your future self, you can start learning more about finance while here at Northwestern! The article linked below lists some digestible resources to start your ongoing journey of financial literacy. As you confront questions on the likes of budgeting for study abroad or negotiating the salary of your first job, there are folks at Northwestern ready to help!

Resources to tackle Personal Finance 

Wellness in Action

Health Promotion and Wellness

Health Promotion and Wellness (HPaW) is the primary provider of health promotion, education, and prevention programs and services on alcohol, other drugs, and wellness issues for Northwestern University students. HPaW engages students through campus-wide, group, and individual educational initiatives.

Stay Well

Events (Click For More)

Disability Justice Interview Series

June 8, All Day

In spring of 2022 the Women's Center and Gender and Sexuality Studies ran a Linzer grant-funded course called Feminism a...

White Light Therapy

June 8, 10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Abbott Hall, 710 N. Lake Shore Drive

WELL has partnered with the Women's Center to provide light therapy on the Chicago campus Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thur...

A Site of Struggle: American Art Against Anti-Black Violence

June 8, 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Block Museum of Art, Mary and Leigh, 40 Arts Circle Drive

How has art been used to protest, process, mourn, and memorialize anti-Black violence within the United States? Origina...

In Focus

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CARE Sexual Health Consults

Northwestern's Center for Awareness, Response and Education (CARE) recently announced their new Sexual Health Consult Service!  This resource allows you to come learn about and discuss sexual health and wellness practices that are fact based, stigma free, culturally relevant, & pleasure centered. Possible areas of conversation include: 

  • Navigating sexual shame/stigma
  • Sex and identity (Race, class, gender, disability, sexual orientation, religin, etc.)
  • Safer sexual health practices
  • Center pleasure in sex and intimacy 
  • Navigating hook ups 
  • Exploring kink 

Make an appointment today to speak to a CARE staff member.