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Physical Well-Being

Physical well-being is the knowledge and practice toward positive health conditions. It involves the adoption of proactive measures such as regular physical activity, good nutrition, utilization of preventative health care, and abstaining from harmful behaviors such as alcohol consumption, tobacco and drug use.1

5 Tips for Physical Well-Being

  1. Engage in at least 150 minutes of physical activity each week.2, 3, 4
  2. Set and maintain a healthy dietary pattern.5
  3. Abstain from using alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs/substances.6, 7, 8
  4. Get 7-8 hours of sleep each night.9
  5. Schedule routine check-ups with a primary care physician (PCP) and other doctors.

Campus Resources for Physical Well-Being

Campus Recreation

Campus Recreation helps members of the Pitt community lead active, balanced lives by providing endless opportunities to enhance physical health and wellness. Whether you’re into competitive sports, group exercise, or solo workout sessions, Campus Recreation will work with you to achieve your fitness goals.

Health and Human Development

The Department of Health and Human Development (HHD) blends health promotion, wellness, and exercise physiology with applied developmental science and evidence-based practices to address 21st century problems in diverse regional, national, and global real-world contexts. Interdisciplinary professionals in HHD apply recommended and equitable practices to promote the health and development of all children, youth, and adults. We place a special emphasis on those who are most vulnerable (e.g. at-developmental risk, with disabilities, and/or with chronic medical conditions). We assess, prescribe, teach, and supervise programs that focus on improving health-fitness and clinical outcomes, human performance, and healthy lifestyle behaviors. We collaborate with community partners in education, healthcare, wellness, and human service settings to provide health promotion and developmental supports. 

Our interdisciplinary emphasis enables emerging professionals to become effective leaders by fusing strategies in health and developmental science to address real-world inequities and health challenges through effective interdisciplinary collaboration. Our work is rooted in applied research and implementation and improvement science but is informed by principles of social justice, individual potential, equity, and inclusion for all. 

Health Education

The Office of Health Education & Promotion provides a variety of programs and services to enhance personal and community health, while promoting healthy lifestyles.

We are open Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and we’re located at the Nordenberg Hall – Wellness Center (next to Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and the University Club) on the corner of University Place and 5th Avenue.

Nutrition Services

The Office of Health Education and Promotion has a Registered Dietitian (R.D.) available to discuss a wide range of topics including, but not limited to, eating well on- and off-campus, disordered eating, and concerns with eating, weight management, managing medical conditions, and vegetarian and more. View more information about nutrition services.

Physical Education

Expand your knowledge of physical well-being through a variety of education and community-focused programs through the Department of Health and Human Development. Explore majors and minors in Health, Physical Activity, and Exercise, or register for one of many physical education courses

Pitt Eats

Dining is an important part of campus life, and Pitt Eats wants all students to have a successful dining experience. They believe in creating true partnerships: between you and our entire dining team – from our chefs to our cooks to our servers. Their goal is to meet the needs of all students with a food-forward approach so that everyone feels included and valued. View more information about Pitt Eats.

Student Health Service

Student Health Service is your primary source for high-quality medical care and health education during your years at Pitt. Our facility is fully accredited, and we employ a team of dedicated professionals who can serve a wide range of your healthcare needs. Their services will enhance your living and learning experience, and contribute to your holistic well-being.

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1Hettler (1976), Mayol (2012), Mayol et al. (2017), Roscoe (2009), and Swarbrick (2012)

2American Heart Association

3U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

4Centers for Disease Control

5U.S. Department of Agriculture & U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

6Centers for Disease Control (alcohol)

7Centers for Disease Control (smoking & tobacco)

8Centers for Disease Control, Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (drugs/substances)

9American Academy of Sleep Medicine