The vision of Kean Wellness is to ensure a campus atmosphere that promotes and provides opportunities for students to live a healthy lifestyle and enjoy optimal wellness.
The mission of Healthy Kean is to build a culture of health and wellness among the Kean University community. Through the collaborative approach with many campus partners, the task force will develop, promote, and assess programming, policies and services related to all dimensions of wellness. By increasing wellness behaviors, we strive to empower students to improve their general health and well-being, which will in turn help them to reduce impediments to academic success and prepare them for life-long self-care practices.
The task force is a group of campus partners who have an interest in creating a wellness environment here at Kean University. We come from many different departments with different interests and expertise. The members include:
Task Force Members:
- Robin Mansfield, APN, Director of Student Health Services.
- Jay Sgarmella, Assistant Director of Recreation, Intramurals, Facilities and Events Management.
- Shenita Ray, Professional Service Specialist, Residence Hall Director of Cougar Hall.
- Tara Bogota, Lecturer, School of Health and Human Performance
- Adam Eckart, Program Coordinator, PE: Exercise Science
- Elizabeth Esposito, Lecturer, School of Health and Human Performance
- Victoria Baxter, Lecturer, School of Health and Human Performance
- Alexa Cantres, Managing Assistant Director, Office of Student Government
- Alice Colalillo, Student Support Advocate, Student Health Services
- Elizabeth Cunningham, Graduate Assistant Peer Education Program
To view upcoming Health and Wellness events, please view our Cougar Link calendar by clicking here.
Wellness is an active process through which you become aware of, and make choices toward, a more balanced life. Kean Counseling Center (KCC) views students and other members of the Kean community as whole and dynamic individuals. We are sensitive to how the components of our lives impact our health and well-being. We encourage personal responsibility for achieving and maintaining wellness. Our approach not only assists in the process of healing, but also provides information and care to maintain and enhance well-being according to individual needs and desires.
KCC also realizes the environments in which we live and work also impact well-being. This means our efforts to support wellness for the individual must include working to create a healthy community that supports the well-being of its members.
Our goal is to optimize wellness, now and for the future.
Food For Fuel
College students can have busy schedule with irregular hours due to many factors including classes, homework, jobs, family responsibilities, social commitment, etc. Sometimes it seems hard to find the time or the opportunity to eat a healthy diet. However, food is the fuel that keeps us going, and the right foods make us feel better and have more energy. There are many food options on campus along with resources to help you make healthy choices. Check out some of these resources and the people whom you can talk to if you have questions about nutrition.
The benefits of regular exercise are numerous, and you don’t have to spend hours at the gym to improve your overall health. Most adults over age 18 should get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity each week. That works out to be 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week; however, you can even break it down into smaller 10-minute intervals. Health benefits include weight management, reduced risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, strengthened bones and muscles, improved mental health and mood, and improved sleep and energy. There are many activities that you can do on campus; start by taking a brisk walk along the beautiful Cougar Walk. Check out Kean Intramurals and Recreation Services for more offerings.
- On Campus Gyms:
- Fitness Center – D’Angola Gym.
- Field House Weight Room.
- East Campus Fitness Center.
- Pool – D’Angola Gym.
- Kean Intramurals and Recreation.
Prevention is one key to staying healthy, along with a balance of good nutrition, regular exercise, proper rest and keeping stress in check. However, sometimes even the healthiest of us comes down with a cold or injury. When that happens, you can make an appointment with one of our doctors or nurse practitioners at Student Health Services.
In addition to caring for acute illness and injury, Student Health Services offers preventative services such as Vaccine Days, Get Yourself Tested Events, nutrition counseling, health updates and special programing for student groups. To find out more information about the services provided, click on the links below.
- Student Health Services.
- Schedule an appointment at Student Health Services.
- Kean University Health Services Ask a Nurse.
- Get Yourself Tested Days:
- Students can make appointments for HIV and STI testing throughout the year at Student Health Services; however, several times during the semester we take our testing services out to the campus.
- GYT Days for the Spring semester will be held in Downs Hall room 126 from 12:30pm to 4:30 pm on February 13, March, 19 and April 24.
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Alcohol and Other Drug Services
Kean University alcohol and drug services reflect a range of prevention and intervention programs tailored to the University community. For more
information, resources, appointments and/or links to online self assessments, please follow the link below to the Alcohol and Drug Services website.