HOYA Wellness Wheel: Physical Wellness

Physical wellness means striving to make responsible, positive, and sustainable choices to promote proper care of your body. Your body performs many functions for you in countless ways every day. Sometimes we expect our bodies to complete these tasks without providing the nourishment, support, and rest it needs. When you place more physical demands on your body than it can handle, you increase your likelihood of illness, fatigue, and injury. Being physically well means reducing these risks to optimize overall health and functioning, which can lead to positive psychological benefits.

Physical Wellness Themes

  • Physical activity
  • Nutrition and weight management
  • Healthy eating
  • Body image
  • Sleep
  • Alcohol and drug use prevention
  • Health screenings (preventative medicine, mental, emotional)
  • Immunizations
  • Physical ability and capability

Physical Campus Resources

Yates Field House

Yates Field House – As the primary recreation facility for Georgetown University, the Yates Memorial Field House offers comprehensive recreational programming to serve the needs of university students, faculty, and staff. Offerings include; Group Fitness, Personal Training, Health Coaching, swim lessons, racquet sports, Intramural Sports, CPR/AED First Aid Certification Courses, safety training, and leisure and recreation education.

Student Health Center

Student Health Center – The Student Health Center offers the full spectrum of primary care for students including on-site labs, physicals, immunizations, well-women visits, STI screenings, and travel visits.  They handle urgent needs such as infections, injuries, and more complex problems with same day appointments. They also manage chronic illnesses and provide prescription refills.

Health Education Services (HES)

Health Education Services (HES) – Health Education Services is staffed by licensed health professionals who provide confidential services to students free of charge. HES provides assessment, treatment, and/or referrals around the issues of body image, eating disorders, nutrition, alcohol and substance abuse, stress management, and overall health and wellness.

Residential Living

Residential Living – The Office of Residential Living promotes wellness and healthy living through a variety of programs and initiatives, such as the Living-Well living learning community.  Each day, RAs and Community Directors work with and support students as they navigate healthy decision making and self-care.

Academic Resource Center

Academic Resource Center – ARC provides accommodations for students with disabilities that facilitate equity and access to services, programs, and facilities. The Academic Resource Center strives to meet the diverse needs of students with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Center for Student Engagement (CSE)

Center for Student Engagement (CSE) – Students can choose to join one of over 30 Club Sports teams. Club Sports give students an opportunity to play a sport competitively against teams from other institutions without the rigorous schedule expected of varsity athletes. Club sports organizations help students exercise the body, mind, and spirit. Additionally,  Outdoor Education provides students with opportunities to explore scenic areas off-campus by offering a variety of programs throughout the year including: backpacking, sea-kayaking, camping, caving, rock-climbing and bicycling.

Georgetown Dining (GUDining)

Georgetown Dining (GUDining) – Georgetown Dining has a full-time dietician on-campus available to assist all meal plan holders with healthy eating. Students are able to sign-up for vegan, vegetarian, or made without gluten email distribution lists that include daily menus, program updates, or food tastings. The RD is also available to discuss food allergies, dietary restrictions, or medical conditions.

Georgetown Emergency Response Medical Service (GERMS)

Georgetown Emergency Response Medical Service (GERMS) – The Georgetown Emergency Response Medical Service (also known as GERMS and Georgetown EMS) is a volunteer, student-run emergency ambulance service.  GERMS operates basic life support ambulances that serve Georgetown University and the broader Georgetown community. GERMS is in service 24 hours per day, 7 days per week during Georgetown’s Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. Apart from its core emergency response mission, GERMS is committed to both education and promoting public safety. Currently, GERMS offers an EMT certification course. GERMS also provides standby emergency medical services at community events such as athletic competitions and block parties.