Miami proudly works to sustain and enhance health and well-being throughout our community.

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Fitness 4 Life

Participants in a lunchtime yoga class stretching out on their mats

Offered through Miami's Benefits and Wellness program, Healthy Miami, free Fitness 4 Life classes and access to the Phillips Hall fitness center are available for all faculty and staff, regardless of their participation in Miami's health plan. 

How familiar are you with the Fitness 4 Life program? Take our quiz and find out!

Celebrate and Preserve Oxford

We're fortunate to be surrounded by so many natural areas and parks here in Oxford, Ohio. But ensuring that these areas are around for years to come requires our attention and commitment. Here are a few simple ways you can celebrate and preserve our environment.

Trade disposable cups for reusable mugs and bottles

Many coffee shops and major chains offer a few cents off your drink for bringing in your own mug or cup. A reusable mug made from quality materials can keep your drink hotter or colder for longer than paper cups. And of course, they reduce waste!

Recycle

Every time you choose to recycle, you're reducing the amount of waste sent to landfills and conserving natural resources. For Butler County residents, recycling is included as part of regular trash removal services. There are also 35 recycling drop boxes located throughout the county.

Spend time at your local park

Take time to unplug and soak in the beauty that surrounds our great town! From the walking paths at Oxford Community Park to more than 1,000 acres of natural areas, there is a lot to explore around Oxford.

Eat for a Healthier You

With our busy lifestyles, it can be difficult to eat healthier while watching your weight. Why not attack these goals from a different perspective and cut them into more manageable pieces? The following suggestions can help you do that.

Up Your Fiber Intake

Getting enough fiber may help prevent cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and may help you slim down. The recommended daily intake is 21–38 grams, but the average American eats only about 14 grams. One of the easiest ways to up your fiber intake is to eat more whole grains.

Pile on the Veggies

The majority of Americans don’t eat the daily recommended servings of vegetables. If you don't think they "taste good," get a roasting pan. Roasting vegetable caramelizes their natural sugars so they taste fantastic. Pop a pan of them in the oven and make the rest of dinner while they roast.

Cook at Home

When you cook your own food, not only do you know exactly what goes into it, you appreciate your meals more. So, hop onto Pintrest and whip up something you have been craving! Have fun with experimenting with new things!

Reduce the Sugar

Get your sweet fix with fruit or try other natural sweeteners such as honey or agave, steering away from refined, processed white sugar. Going on a 30-day sugar detox can help reset the body from craving the sticky stuff! Keeping sweet stuff out of reach can better help you control your sugar intake, so try to stay clear of the donut and candy aisle at the grocery store.

Eat More Omega-3s

Upping the amount of omega-3s will help keep your blood pressure down and could also improve your mood. Omega-3’s can be found in seafood and have the good kind of fats! Try to eat two servings of fish per week. If you’re not into seafood, add some flax into your smoothies.

Are you interested in learning more from Miami's Dining Services? If so, you'll want to follow the Miami Spread, their blog covering a variety of topics, including campus menus, special events, eating tips, and healthy recipes!

Bicycle Friendly University

The Kinesiology and Health Department has 12 e-bikes available for guided bike tours of our beautiful campus. Love and Honor and 500 watts! Riders can easily pedal from Peffer Park through Western Campus, down to the stadium; from the Oxford Community Art center to the Miami Art Museum; from the Great Seal to Freedom Summer Memorial; and from McGuffey House to Dewitt Cabin fairly quickly and without sweating. Perfect for alumni and parent visits. For more details, call 513-529-2700 or email knhdept@MiamiOH.edu.

Miami University e-bike

Fit Workshops

A student working out with fitness rings

Miami Recreation offers more than 80 different group fitness classes per week during the academic year, including Spinning®, Indo-Row®, Yoga, TRX Suspension Training, Zumba®, and more! Classes are first come, first served, with admittance beginning 10 minutes before class starts.

To find your fit, see Fit Workshops and Special Events.

M.O.V.E.

M.O.V.E. (Miami & Oxford Value Exercise) is a no-charge, monthly fitness class hosted by President Greg and Dr. Renate Crawford. The classes begin at 10 a.m., and unless otherwise noted, are held outside the Crawford's home, Lewis Place (310 E. High St.).

Mark your calendar now for Spring 2019:

• February 9 (for active older adults, to be held at the Knolls of Oxford)
• March 16
• April 6
• May 11

Comfortable clothes, a water bottle, and a positive attitude are recommended!

For questions, contact Shannon Speed, 513-529-2193 or Miami Benefits and Wellness, 513-529-3492.

MOVE bootcamp group photo

President Crawford leads an exercise

Participants perform an exercise

Aerial view of MOVE bootcamp

Aerial view of MOVE bootcamp

MOVE bootcamp

Healthy Student Organizations

GreenHawks

green hawks logo

GreenHawks is the University’s first online, student run publication dedicated to keeping the Miami community updated on the latest trends in sustainability and health. From how to avoid the worst of flu season to zero-waste solutions for dorm decorations, GreenHawks have got it covered!

F.A.R.M.

student positioning ivy on a fence

Food, Accessibility, and Resilience at Miami or F.A.R.M., focuses on understanding the impacts of agricultural pursuits on environmental and human health as well as exploring diverse food systems. The organization works closely with Miami’s Institute for Food to educate the community on sustainable agriculture and healthy eating habits.

BarLife Callisthenics Club

Bar life student members

Looking to kick that gym anxiety? BarLife Calisthenics Club was created to give students a supportive space to focus on a healthy lifestyle through physical fitness. The club meets once a week to increase strength, flexibility, and overall fitness.

Outdoor Adventure Club

two students hiking in a canyon

Since 1973, OAC has been providing a welcoming community to anyone looking to blaze their own trail and get outside their comfort zone. The group offers affordable adventure trips to students of all skill levels and provides equipment and training to all members free of charge.

Active Minds

students presenting about Active Minds

Active Minds is a national organization that exists to change the conversation around mental health and illness. Miami’s branch of Active Minds forms partnerships with other organizations around campus and holds events throughout the year that promote positive mental health. One popular event is the “Stress Less Week” that helps students control stress levels with activities like yoga and dog therapy around exam time.

College Diabetes Network

diabetes network students

In the fall of 2014, College Diabetes Network was created to provide an active support system for students living with Type 1 diabetes. The organization provides students with easy access to resources and information that help them foster healthy lifestyles in college while living with the condition.

HAWKS Peer Health Educators

peer hawk group members

HAWKS Peer Health Educators are a driving force in health and well-being education on campus guided by four principles, freedom, information, reflection, and engagement. HAWKS strive to help students make informed decisions and maintain a healthy lifestyle during and beyond their four years at Miami.

Research on Alcohol Addiction

Isabel Held performs research in a lab

Three Miami undergraduates are conducting health research on different aspects of alcohol addiction. Through this research, they hope to answer questions about the following: 

  • Correlation between traumatic childhood life events and addiction
  • Influencers for underage binge drinking
  • Drunkorexia—overexercising to avoid gaining weight from drinking

Read more about these research studies and a personal connection to the topics in the full news story.

Active Campus

students dancing in a group fitness class

The Rec Center offers 80+ group fitness classes each week.

students running on treadmills

Each treadmill at the Rec averages 10 hours of use a day.

student doing a push-up

The Rec Center offers personal training packages for members and non-members.

an instructor leading a spinning class

An estimated 60-70% of all students have participated in a Rec Center class or program.

faculty and staff participating in a fitness class

Nearly 2,000 faculty and staff members used the Phillips Hall fitness center during Fall 2017.

students and staff using various machines at the Rec

The Rec Center welcomed 50,000 visitors in October 2017.

student climbing the rock wall

The Outdoor Pursuit Center offers a climbing wall, bouldering cave, and ropes course.

student making a shot on goal during a broomball game

More than 1,500 club athletes participate on 54 club teams.

students running on the track

An average of 7,720 people use the Fitness Center at the Rec every week.

student shooting a basketball

3,500 athletes participate on 800 intramural teams.

female student lifting a barbell

There are 8,850 pounds of dumbbells at the Rec Center.

students at a color run

The MEDLIFE 5K Color Run is just one of the many heart-healthy activities organized by students every year.

students playing sand volleyball

Miami has three regulation sized sand volleyball courts.

10 Tips for Financial Wellness

Are you a recent college graduate? Even if you've been out of school for years, you will find these tips useful for maintaining a healthy financial lifestyle:

1. Live within your means.
2. Use a cash flow management tool available on many bank websites or use Mint.com, Personal Capital or YNAB (You Need A Budget).
3. Make your financial decisions represent your personal values.
4. Be charitable, but have a plan.
5. Minimize debt and watch recurring expenses.
6. Don’t buy more house than you can afford.
7. Start saving early and regularly.
8. Start a college savings 529 plan for each of your children.
9. Live long and prosper, but have a Living Will and Health Care Power of Attorney just in case.
10. Live longer and prosper even more, but have disability and life insurance just in case.

For more information on these tips and others, see Ten tips for financial wellness: Pack your lunch, really.

Mindfulness

Rooted in ancient traditions, mindfulness is the art of conscious living through self-observation, self-inquiry, and mindful action. Through practices such as meditation, yoga, journaling, and drumming, mindfulness has demonstrated positive effects on emotional health and well-being.

At Miami, the Mindfulness & Contemplative Inquiry Center in 128 McGuffey offers a place to practice mindfulness on your own. In addition to weekly meditation sessions, the Center offers drop-in hours and space for you to express your own contemplative practices. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram (@mindfulnesscentermiamioh).

Colorful five-pointed logo to represent mindfulness

Partners in Health

John Bailer teaching in a classroom

Students App Addresses Opioid Crisis

A new interactive web app, developed by Miami students, promises to become an important component in battling the opioid crisis in Butler County. John Bailer, a Miami University Distinguished Professor and Chair of Miami’s Department of Statistics, said his class was asked by the county coroner to develop tools to explore overdose death data. In the fall of 2017, multiple student teams worked on this project and presented their work at the end of the semester. Read more about this important project.

"LEED"-ing in Sustainability

Pond on Western campus

From October 2016 through July 2018, 12 building renovation projects on the Oxford campus received LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, according to Robert Bell, associate director of campus planning.

The latest renovations reflect Miami's commitment toward sustainability and the goal to achieve LEED Silver status for new construction and major projects. Two building renovations—Hamilton and Dennison Halls—achieved Gold level. Both buildings are now approximately 50 percent more energy efficient, and at least 75 percent of the construction waste was salvaged or recycled.

For more details on these projects and other goals, see Sustainability at Miami: Highlights and Progress.

Power of Tower Gardens



Watch Parkinson, clinical faculty in Miami's nutrition and dietetics program, demonstrate how a tower garden works.


For years, Miami faculty and students have been partnering with students from the local school district in experiential projects, and now tower gardens have become the latest high-tech tool used by the Department of Kinesiology and Health to teach students on and off campus about nutrition. Purchased for use in Miami's Food Science Lab and local elementary schools, tower gardens are vertical systems that grow food hydroponically with aeroponics—a process for growing food in an air and water environment indoors or out.

Registered dietician and nutritionist Nancy Parkinson hopes that by engaging the students in the process of a tower garden—from germinating their seeds and tending them as they grow, to sharing and eating healthy delicious foods together—students will learn about the sustainability and environmental impact of home-grown food and the nutritional benefits that prevent disease and other chronic health issues.

Natural Areas

A swinging bridge nestled in a forest of colorful foliage

Miami University’s natural areas are located around the campus and comprise more than 1,000 acres with 17 miles of hiking trails.

A student enjoying her book while laying on a stone bench near a pond with a fountain

In the natural areas you can hike, jog, study, bird watch, dog walk, explore, learn, discover, meditate or just be.

Miami community members participating in a Hike-A-Thon

Each year, the natural areas host the annual Hike-A-Thon, attracting nearly 1,000 outdoor enthusiasts.

Actors portraying people from history as they prepare food for cooking in a stone fireplace

The DeWitt Log House brings history to life with actors portraying people from the past.

Ecology students comparing notes in a forest during a class outing

The natural areas provide opportunities for students in field ecology to study the effects of invasive species on forests.

Student Health

Counselor meets with a student discussing the student's needs.

College can be stressful, and the values of "I Am Miami" inspire our students to support one another in times of need.

If you notice someone who seems lonely, withdrawn, or otherwise suffering from unhealthy lifestyle choices, knowing how and when to report your concern can help you respond appropriately and identify who to call for help. Miami offers a variety of services that reflects our commitment to students' physical, mental, and emotional health.
(Explore services by using the arrows above.)

At-Risk Training
This interactive online training helps students recognize signs of distress and provides direction to appropriate support services. (At-Risk Training for Faculty is also available.)

Counseling
Counseling helps you understand yourself and your difficulties better and ultimately helps you make healthy choices in your life. All sessions are confidential and no information is released to anyone without permission. (Group Counseling is also available.)

Mental Health Education
From depression and suicide to homesickness and eating disorders, students can learn more about problems frequently encountered during the college years and how to find healthy solutions.

AlcoholEdu for College
All incoming first-year students are required to complete this science-based, interactive, online program, which provides information on alcohol and its effects on the brain, body, and behavior.

Alcohol and Drug Evaluations and Treatment
The Student Counseling Service works in conjunction with the Office of Ethics and Student Conflict Resolution to provide these assessments to full-time students. (The recommendations are strictly confidential and not a part of the students academic records.)

HAWKS Peer Health Educators
Health Advocates for Wellness Knowledge and Skills (HAWKS) are dedicated student leaders who strive to engage students in the learning process, helping them to see the relevance and the importance of the choices they make in their lives.

Psychiatric Services
Our full-time services include the treatment of psychiatric disorders (anxiety, eating, substance abuse) as well as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Stress-Less Workshop
This free, one-hour, weekly workshop provides instruction and practice in utilizing evidence-based techniques, including deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, visualization, and mindfulness.

 

Student Health Service (SHS)
SHS provides both medical care and education to support a healthy college experience. Staff includes full-time physicians, certified nurse practitioners, and a nursing staff to provide quality outpatient care.

Educational Workshops
Student Counseling Service staff give educational presentations and conduct workshops that address a variety of topics ranging from sexual assault prevention and stress management to career indecision and parent orientation.

Journeys

Tess Cassidy graduated early to hike the 2,190-mile Appalachian Trail before starting a new job. Jackson Gray and two friends paddled all 981 miles of the Ohio River in a canoe and kayak to raise awareness and funds for suicide prevention.

Follow their journeys

3500 athletes participate in Miami's 800 intramural teams.
 In 2017 Late Night Miami offered 123 programs and events
An estimated 60-70% of students have participated in Rec Center programming.
 1500 athletes participate in Miami's 54 club sports teams.
 Miami University Natural areas boast over 17 miles of hiking trails.
 25% of annual dining budget spent on local products.