What is Be Well at Mount Holyoke?
Be Well at Mount Holyoke is a student focused, developmentally grounded, and community based model which is inclusive of curricular and co-curricular environments to promote well-being at Mount Holyoke College. The model interconnects components and themes that include:
Healthy Body: Choosing to be your best self
- Athletics & Recreation
- Health Education
- Risk Taking Education
Healthy Mind: Engaging as emotionally resilient learners
- Emotional Wellness
- Spiritural Wellness
Healthy Life: Learning for life, developing skills from now into the future
- Academic Skills
- Career Skills
- Life Skills
Healthy Community: Caring for community, making MoHome
- Creating Connections
- Understanding Others
- Celebrating Together
History of Be Well at Mount Holyoke
Under the leadership of Marcella Runell Hall, Vice President for Student Affairs/ Dean of Students and Karen Engell, Executive Director of College Health Services, a three stage well being implementation model was developed Summer of 2016. The three stages are: 1) Research, 2) Development, and 3) Launch.
Stage 1: Research
Fall 2016, a well being task force was developed to design a holistic well-being framework, rooted in positive psychology, for the Mount Holyoke Community which would decrease the impact of stress culture on Mount Holyoke Students while also researching initiatives which would encourage students to cultivate and sustain healthy habits. Through this task force, the Be Well at Mount Holyoke model was created.
Members of the task force were:
- Marcella Hall: Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students (co-chair)
- Karen Engell: Executive Director of College Health Services (co-chair)
- Christine Albain: Area Coordinator, Residential Life
- Latrina L. Denson: Assistant Dean of Students
- Lori Hendricks: Chair of Physical Education and Director of Athletics
- Anna Hope, Ph.D.: Licensed Psychologist and Counseling Service Clinician
- Alison Hopkins: Class Dean for Sophomores and Juniors
- Karen Jacobus: Coordinator of Health Education, Health Services
- Annette McDermott: Dean of Religious and Spiritual Life and Catholic Advisor
- Ivonne Ramirez: Assistant Director for Student Programs & Leadership
- Katie Gay: Nutritionist, Dining Services (withdrew from task force in late October)
- Kate Wasserman: Associate Director of New Student Orientation (left college in October)
Stage II: Development
During the Fall of 2017, a Be Welling Steering Committee was created. The purpose of the committee is to:
- Create a working set of Be Well core principles/ values using the four part model
- Working with Communications and the Division of Student Life to create a logo, website, and long term marketing plan.
- Create a criteria and assessment for Be Well events.
- Solicit Be Well events from partners and create a comprehensive shared calendar.
- Facilitate opportunities for the Mount Holyoke community to share Be Well ideas.
- Identify locations/ venues for Be Well initiatives on campus.
- Submit a report on the progress of the committee Fall 2017 and Spring 2018.
- Develop a financial proposal for 2018-2019.
Be Well Resources
There are many spaces, programmatic initiatives, and services which provide opportunities for students to engage in well being through out the year.
Examples of previous and current programs and initiatives are:
- Mindfulness Mondays on the Green, 2015-2016
- New Student Orientation Be Well at Mount Holyoke Wellness Workshops
- Annual Mountain Day
- Be Well at Mount Holyoke with Marla Teyolia, September 27-29, 2017
- Oppression to Liberation through Mindfulness
- Reclaiming and Decolonizing Self-Care to Live an Empowered Life
- Healthy Cooking and Holistic Tools
- Vision Board Workshops with Ju Hong
- Tai Chi with Bailing Li, 4:30-5:15pm every Monday in Torrey Hall
- Nighttime Nidra (Yoga): Deep Guided Relaxation, 9pm-10pm every Sunday in Abbey Chapel
Below are a list of many on/ off campus well being resources.
Quiet Contemplative Spaces on Campus
- Wa-Shin-An (Monday-Friday 1-5pm in Eliot House)
- Abbey Interfaith Sanctuary and Abbey Chapel
- Eliot House Lounge
- Hindu Prayer Room
- Muslim Prayer Room
- The Greenhouse
Deep Breathing/Progressive Muscle Relaxation
- Autogenic Training and Progressive Muscle Relaxation for iPhone - Contains an autogenic relaxation session, progressive muscle relaxation, and relaxation exercises for breathing.
- Belly Bio for iPhone - Put the iPhone on your stomach. Breathe deeply. Enjoy... For more advanced deep breathers.
- Relax Me for Android - Based on progressive muscle relaxation, this app is designed to help you energize and unwind.
- Peaceful Breathing Lite for Android - Set up the count for breathing in and breathing out, the tempo of the count, and how long you want the program to run.
- Headspace for iPhone and Android - Headspace is a free meditation program that gives you a taste of meditation practice in 10 minutes/day.
- Stop, Breathe & Think - For iOS, Android, and Web. A friendly, simple tool to guide people of all ages and backgrounds through meditations for mindfulness and compassion.
- Mindfulness Meditation for iPhone - Mindfulness-based technique for stress reduction has scientifically proven health benefits. Guided mindfulness meditations were written and narrated by Stephan Bodian, author of the Meditation For Dummies®.
- The Mindfulness Summit - The Mindfulness Summit is a not-for-profit project with a mission to make mindfulness mainstream. We’re making high quality mindfulness training accessible to everyone and supporting mindfulness based charities at the same time.