BeWell at Mount Holyoke

Health Alerts and Updates


Check out these simple ways shared on Ted Talks to take care of your self emotionally and physically! 

See the list of suggested items for all students to have on hand to respond to common illnesses.

Web Resources:

Balanced Eating

What is balanced eating?  Find the answers to this question with informative and engaging youtube videos to help you sort out a variety of current nutrition-related topics.

General Nutrition:
Connect here to youtube videos on a variety of nutrition topics relating to how nutrition can affect your health.

Balanced Eating
Connect here to youtube videos on general nutrition topics including healthy food choices and common sense approaches to eating.

The Health Center also has our own Nutritionist, Alice Walter. To schedule an appointment, call 413-538-2121, and press option #1.



Hydration: You need 64 oz per day of caffeine-free and non alcoholic drinks. This helps prevent constipation and increases energy.

Exercise: Even 10 minutes per day can assist with stress reduction and blood pressure management. 20-30 minutes five times per week is needed for significant cardiac workout. Check out the great drop-in classes that Kendall offers and exercises you can do while you study

Annual Flu Shot: Vaccines are still available. Reminder: flu season extends into May for New England.

Laugh: Increases the depth of your breathing, takes less energy than frowning, and difficult to maintain stress in the body when you are laughing. Check this out for a quick laugh. 

Take a break: Stand/walk/stretch 2-3 minutes every hour. Do 5 minutes stretches to recharge the brain and body. This reduces neck, shoulder, back pain and headaches. 

Hours of sleep: You need 7-8 hours per night or continuously uninterrupted sleep; 2 three hour naps does not give you the same benefit! Sleep is important to consolidate memory, maintain the immune system and healthier eating patterns, and allow the normal cycle of “stress hormones.” Follow a regular sleep schedule to live a healthier lifestyle. Here's what would happen if you didn't sleep

Body Positivity

Online Resources

Body Positive: Looks at the ways we can feel good in the bodies we have

Eating Disorder Information & Referrals, In partnership with American Eating Disorder Association

National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA): Supports individuals and families affected by eating disorders, and serves as a catalyst for prevention, cures, and access to quality care

Gurze Books Eating Disorders Resource Catalog: resource for the eating disorder field

NWHIC: Body Image: Tip to develop a positive body image and a healthy mental attitude is crucial to a women's happiness and wellness

Council on Size & Weight Discrimination (CWSD): Works to end discrimination against people who are heavier than average, change public policies and people's attitudes concerning body weight. They act as advocates in the areas of medical treatment, job discrimination, and media images

About Face: Equip women and girls with tools to understand & resist harmful media messages that affect their self-esteem & body image