Health and Wellness

Living Well @ Western

Want to be well and live well at Western? We have some ideas for you.

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Living Well @ Western is a cross-campus initiative designed to encourage and promote a wide variety of physical, cultural, and intellectual activities to improve health and wellness at Western.

Based on a survey of all faculty and staff at Western conducted in January 2015, 81% of respondents indicated that they are looking for more physical activity to be well and 59% said they are looking for new approaches to stress management. Living Well @ Western has responded by developing a series of activities (many are free), open to faculty, staff and students who are looking to be more active and reduce stress levels. 

Important Notice - Meditation (UCC 76) will be cancelled for today (April 19th) due to instructor availability. Class will resume next Thursday.

Bring Living Well to You

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new service available to all members of our Living Well @ Western community. A wellness coach will travel to your place of work to provide customizable wellness activities.
Please click here for more details. 

To arrange for a wellness opportunity, please contact the Wellness Coordinator at or x85562.


Daily Break - 5 Minute Stretching Video for Neck & Shoulders



Lunch-Hour Activity Classes

*NEW* Kick-Start to Active Living (Monday)

When: Mondays from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. (consult the Western Wellness Calendar to be sure this session is running each week)
Class Start/End Dates: January 10 to April 30 
Where: Support Services Building - Room 3101
Who: Open to all faculty, staff and students
Description: See below
What to bring: Loose clothing and running shoes are recommended
Cost: FREE
Instructor: Adam Craig

For more information,

*NEW* ChoreograFIT (Tuesdays)

When: Tuesdays from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. (consult the Western Wellness Calendar to be sure this session is running each week)
Class Start/End Dates: January 9 to April 24
Where: Support Services Building - Room 3101
Who: Open to all faculty, staff and students
What to bring: Loose clothing and running shoes are recommended
Description: See below
Cost: FREE
Instructor: Ariana Crispin-Frei

For more information,

Yoga (Thursday)

When: Thursdays from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m.
Class Start/End Dates:  January 11 to April 26;
Where:  Support Services Building 3101
Who: Designed to appeal to people of all abilities and fitness levels (open to faculty, staff and students)
What to bring: Bring your own yoga mat or towel and comfortable clothing.
Cost: FREE
Instructor: Jan Hill

For more information, contact:

Zumba (Wednesday & Friday)

When: Wednesdays & Fridays from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. (consult the Western Wellness Calendar to be sure the session is running each week.)
Class Start/End Dates: SSB Location: January 8 to April 30
Where: Wednesdays & Fridays: Support Services Building - Room 3101. Directions - from level four (street level when you enter front of building) take stairwell #3 to the third floor, and go through two sets of doors
Who: Designed to appeal to faculty, staff and graduate students of all abilities and fitness levels
What to bring: It is recommended that you wear comfortable clothing and low-grip athletic shoes. Please bring a water bottle.
Cost: FREE
Instructors: Heidi Liao & Angelica Lucaci

For more information,

Meditation (Thursday)

When: Thursdays from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. (consult the Western Wellness Calendar to be sure this session is running each week)
Class Start/End Dates: January 8 to April 30
Where: UCC 76 (Student Wellness Centre)
Who: Open to all faculty, staff and students looking to reduce stress and bring peace of mind, clarity and focus to their daily lives
What to bring: Sessions do not require any equipment or special clothing
Cost: FREE
Instructor: Tanaz Javan

For more information,


Kick-Start to Active Living

Have you always wanted to join a fitness class, but lack the experience or confidence? Try our new 30-minute introductory class! In a small-group setting, you will learn fundamental movement skills and participate in flexibility, balance, and strengthening exercises.
For further information, please contact or the Wellness Coordinator (x85562).  


Do you love to challenge both your mind and body when you sweat it out? Are your feet itching to get moving?
Join us for ChoreograFIT! In this 40-minutes class, we break down the dance moves of the day and then piece them together into a fun, pre-choreographed dance piece.


After our warm-up, the first of the class will be breaking down, learning, and getting a feel for the different dance moves. In the second half of the class, we will put those moves together and incorporate them into an awesome dance piece (followed by a well-deserved cooldown) that will leave you feeling ready to leap your way through the rest of the day!



Click HERE for instructor bios! 

Other Campus Activities and Resources 

Public Skating & Open Track

Thompson Arena offers free public skating throughout the fall and winter seasons. If you aren't a skating enthusiast, you can still beat the winter blues by walking, or running, the rubberized track. For the daily schedule, please visit the Western Recreation page.


The Don Wright Faculty of Music offers 350+ (mostly free) concerts each year, many of which take place during the most stressful times (mid-terms and end of the academic year). Take time away from your work or studies to enjoy the exceptional talents of our Music students, faculty and visiting artists. All are welcome! Almost all events take place over the lunch hour, or during evenings and weekends.

For more information or to sign up for Music’s monthly events email, contact or visit the Music Events Calendar.

Day Use Showers and Locker Facilities

For those faculty, staff, and postdocs who commute to campus on a bicycle, or like to get out at lunch for a jog, Living Well @ Western has arranged for day use lockers and showers to be available in the Thames Hall men's and women's locker rooms.

  • Locker room are located in the basement of Thames Hall
  • Doors to the locker rooms are generally open, but it is advised that those interested in using the locker rooms on a regular basis arrange to be granted key card access
    • To arrange key card access, email and provide your staff ID number (required to grant access)
  • Day use lockers are marked with stickers
    • Women's: Lockers 101 to 156
    • Men's: Lockers 305 to 348

For more information, contact:

Campus Green Space and Walking Paths

Does your definition of wellness include a relaxing stroll through campus or sitting under a tree and reading a book? If so, the resources below might help you add some relaxation to your day.

For more information, contact:

Other Campus Wellness Events

Wellness Calendar

The goal of Living Well @ Western is to have others on campus join the movement, initiate activities or promote all the good things already happening here at Western that will help us to live well. Many of these activities are already posted on Western Events Calendar.

Retirement Planning

Offered through Western's Human Resources Office, these Full-Day Financial and Pre-Retirement Planning Workshops are aimed at members aged 45 plus who are considering retirement within the next 10 years. The sessions are facilitated by an external consultant who will lead an unbiased discussion of the role of the Western pension, government pensions and private savings in retirement income planning. These sessions are held four times per year.

For more information, visit the Human Resources website.