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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

#HolidayStress

Supporting Your Mental Wellness During the Holidays

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We have entered the supposed “most wonderful time of the year” where the holidays come in rapid succession and campuses and offices begin to empty out. While Hallmark would lead us to believe that this is a time of unfettered joy, romance, and picturesque family moments, that Instagram worthy reality is not universal or sustainable. The holidays can also be filled with the stress of being around family, the preoccupation with money or a lack thereof, and the sometimes-confusing expectations around eating.   

No matter what your holiday looks like, keeping the following tips and tricks in mind can help you navigate the season with more ease and an eye towards your own health and wellbeing. In the season of giving, you also deserve the gift of time and grace. Know that you are not alone in hating or loving certain aspects of this November through January stretch. We certainly do not all live in a carefree, holiday-themed romantic comedy.  

Click to learn some strategies to manage Holiday Stress 

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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.

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Winter Mini Course Early Registration

December 17, All Day
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Save money on a Mini Course for Winter quarter!

Winter Mini Course Early Registration

December 18, All Day
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Save money on a Mini Course for Winter quarter!

Winter Mini Course Early Registration

December 19, All Day
Norris University Center, 1999 Campus Drive

Save money on a Mini Course for Winter quarter!

In Focus

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Vaccinations are the best way to Protect Against the Flu

Flu season is fast approaching, and it’s more important than ever to get the vaccine early given the continued presence of COVID-19, another dangerous respiratory illness with similar symptoms. The vaccine is safe, easy to get on or nearby Northwestern’s campus, and fully covered by most health insurance plans including Aetna Student Health insurance through Northwestern (that means it’s FREE).

You can get your vaccine on campus at NU Health Service.  Schedule an appointment by either calling the desk at (847) 492-2204 or logging on to your Personal Health Portal.

Off campus, most local pharmacies, drug stores and clinics will have flu shots available, and it’s easy to schedule an appointment online or call the store. Here is a Chicago map with all the locations offering flu shots. There are also community clinics across the city running through December that offer walk-in appointments for those with and without health insurance.