Making Healthy Choices

Thrive! offers several programs to the campus community to help its members achieve their personal wellness goals. Learn more about the different programs we offer below.

As part of the College’s tobacco-free campus initiative, Thrive! offers a smoking cessation class to all students and staff. You must be a current, active smoker to enroll.

Course Description

This course is designed to help people become non-smokers through the use of the Cooper/Clayton Method to Stop Smoking curriculum. The Cooper/Clayton Method  is an effective smoking cessation method that utilizes nicotine replacement therapy (patch or gum provided for free), provides education and acts as a group support.

Course objectives

  • Recognize smoking patterns
  • Identify triggers
  • Acquire knowledge on how to handle urges to smoke (triggers)
  • Learn how to articulate needs as a new non-smoker to friends/roommates
  • Recognize effective methods to avoid weight gain

Students may take the course for .25 credit (GST 186: Health Habits). The course is offered for both the Fall and Spring terms. Email for more information on taking the class for credit.

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Change Your Relationship With Food

With WW, you can learn to lose weight while enjoying your favorite foods!

Time and Location

Thursdays, 9:15 – 9:45 a.m. in Hafer-Gibson 132.


  • Students: free
  • Employees: $50 for a 17-week series
  • Spouses/partners on a Berea college medical plan: $50 for 17 weeks

For more information contact

How it Works

With WW Freestyle, smart decisions are made simpler so you can live your healthiest, happiest life.

Based on a science-backed SmartPoints system, WW Freestyle encourages you to eat more fruits, veggies, lean protein and less sugar and unhealthy fats.

The program has over 200+ ZeroPoint foods you never have to portion or track.

Spend your personalized SmartPoints Budget on any food you like. With rollovers, you can transfer extra SmartPoints to another day, keeping the program flexible and livable.

You may join any week. Fee is pro-rated after week 3.

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What is Massage?

It is the manipulation of the body’s muscles and connective tissue in order to improve the health and function of the body. It is often associated with relieving pain and tension within muscles.

Chair massages are a great way to reduce stress while increasing productivity in the workplace. The therapist can easily target problem areas like the shoulders and back.  And best of all, this treatment is fully clothed with no oils, so you can walk away relaxed and ready to move forward with your day.

Days and Times

Second Tuesday of most months from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.


5 minute minimum, 15 minute maximum
Cash or check only


Hafer-Gibson 131

Appointments are Required

Email to schedule an appointment.

If it’s your first time having a chair massage on campus; please print, sign and bring the Release Form with you to your massage.

Benefits of Massage Therapy

  • Reduce stress
  • Manage or eliminate pain associated with muscle tension
  • (including neck, shoulders and forearms from computer work)
  • Improve productivity
  • Improve posture
  • Relieve headaches
  • Combat depression
  • Ease anxiety
  • Boost immune system
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Berea student health 101 is a free online magazine subscription covering a variety of college health issues. Including: sleep, nutrition, physical activity, stress, sexual health, alcohol, colds, allergies, the flu and more

Resources on Demand

Wish you had all the recipes from UCookbook in one place?

Can’t remember that great workout tip in Fitness U from  last semester?

Looking for articles on a specific topic or health information specific to Berea College?

Student Health 101 is the answer!

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Or read the mobile edition of Student Health 101 on your smartphone or tablet

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Move your body every day

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Eat a variety of healthy foods and control portion sizes

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Maintain a regular sleep schedule of 7-9 hours each night

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Carve out quality time for friends

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Give your mind a rest and unplug for 10 minutes each day

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Practice gratitude