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What is Emotional and Physical Well-Being?

Emotional well-being is a journey toward increased awareness, expression and acceptance. When your emotional well-being is developed, you will be more open to a wide range of thoughts and feelings in yourself and others. Optimal emotional wellbeing helps you achieve positive self-esteem, satisfying relationships and resilience to meet life's challenges.

Physical well-being is developed through the combination of beneficial physical activity/exercise and healthy eating habits and avoiding harmful substances. Components of physical well-being include building muscular strength and endurance, cardiovascular strength and endurance, and flexibility. Physical well-being is also concerned with developing personal responsibility for your own health care, such as caring for illnesses and knowing one professional medical attention is needed. Developing physical well-being empowers you to be able to monitor your own vital signs and understand your body’s warning signs. You’ll understand and appreciate the relationship between sound nutrition and how your body performs.

Emotional Resources

Physical Resources

On Campus Health Care Services

Athens Area Health Care Services

Athens Urgent Care Centers

Campus Recreation

  • Campus Recreation Facilities include the PING Recreations Center, Aquatics Center, Golf Course & Driving Range, Tennis Center, Walter Fieldhouse and Bird Ice Arena
  • Fitness and Well-Being Programs provide Group Fitness Classes, Personal Training Services, Special Events, Fitness & Wellness Outreach (FIT for Hire), Instructional programs (Bobcat BarBelles, OHIOFit, Spring Wellness Workshops) and Fitness Certifications
  • Outdoor Pursuits offer a Climbing Wall, Equipment Rental, Events, Program Reservations, Skills Clinics, Challenge Program and Trips
  • Intramurals and Club Sports has over 30 active Club Sport Organizations, Intramural Sports Registration, Special Events Equipment & Field Rental, and a Sorority & Fraternity League


  • Ohio University Culinary Services offers tips for Eating Healthy and a guide to Special Diets.
  • Nutrition Counseling is available through the school of Applied Health Sciences and Wellness. The Ohio University Nutrition Treatment Program (NTP) accepts clients who are interested in losing weight, controlling blood sugar, decreasing heart disease risk through diet or just improving overall eating habits. The program includes three one-on-one nutritional counseling sessions with a senior dietetic student. All sessions are supervised by a registered dietitian and are personalized to meet client nutrition goals. Counseling is available to faculty, staff, students and community members. NTP accepts clients who are interested in receiving one-on-one nutrition counseling for various reasons (general healthy eating, weight management, disease prevent or management, healthful vegetarian meal patterns, sports nutrition, etc.)
  • Counseling and Psychological Services helps students who may have an eating disorder through its Eating Disorder Support Team. The support team for eating disorders is made up of dietitians, an exercise physiologist, an athletic trainer, physicians, counselors, and psychologists. This multidisciplinary team is designed to provide a comprehensive approach to eating problems.
  • An Eating Disorders Anonymous support group meets every Tuesday from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm in Baker Center 321 during the academic year. Contact Jen Yoder at jenniferyoder4@gmail.com for more information.

Alcohol and Other Drugs

  • High risk drinking and drug use can lead to serious health consequences. Alcohol's Effect on the Body interferes with the brain’s communication pathways, harms the cardiovascular system and can take a toll on a person’s liver that can lead to cirrhosis.

    The misuse of illicit drugs and prescription medications can immediately harm the body and also put a person at risk for addiction. Consequences of Drug Addiction can include lung or heart disease, stroke, cancer, or mental health conditions, to name a few.
  • Students can assess their risk for alcohol, marijuana, or prescription drug misuse through ScreenU, an online program that supports alcohol and drug prevention efforts on campus by providing Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT). If problematic alcohol or drug use is indicated, ScreenU provides students with recommendations to reduce their risk for experiencing negative consequences related to their use.

Assess your risk at:

Alcohol ScreenU

Marijuana ScreenU

Prescription Drug ScreenU