Hamline News

New and Existing Campus Resources for Wellness

Counseling and Health Services can help Hamline students struggling with common winter health concerns and Campus Recreation has developed new programming to help the Hamline community cope with the season.

This year, Counseling and Health Services hosted 3 campus flu shot clinics in partnership with Walgreens.

Students who were unable to get a flu shot at one of the Walgreens clinics can still come to Counseling and Health Services in the basement of Manor Hall (rm 16) and get vaccinated against the flu for $20. Students will receive a receipt to get reimbursed from their insurance company if needed. Flu shots are also available at many pharmacies, including Lloyd’s Pharmacy near campus.

“Influenza season is approaching so it goes without saying...now is the time to get your flu shot.” Jodi Metz, the director of Counseling and Health Services, advised. “College students are also at a higher risk for other infectious diseases like common upper respiratory viruses, so it's important to practice a little self-care this time of year.”

New this year are Hamline Fitness Classes, a collaboration between Campus Recreation and the Exercise Science Department to bring a variety of free group fitness classes to students, faculty, and staff. The classes have been developed by Exercise Science Assistant Professor Jen Robb, who noticed some gaps in students’ awareness of health resources on campus.

“We found out that if students don’t know a lot about physical activity or wellness, they won’t know where to go,” said Robb.

Peer Wellness Education, advised by Katy Rimstad, Jen Robb, and Jaimie Bennett, helped to promote the classes and trainers during Physical Activity Week. The Fitness Class program offers both group and personal training taught by certified students with programs for every skill level.

To promote the new program, students were encouraged to sign up for any class during annual Physical Activity Week (Nov. 4-8) to win prizes. However, students, faculty, and staff can sign up at any time and commit to classes as they can. If the thought of group exercise is intimidating, participants can reach out to the instructors to schedule personal training. Robb has noted that there are modifications and accommodations for all skill and fitness levels.

“We know people get uncomfortable so we’re trying to remove as many barriers as possible,” Robb said. “This is for the Hamline community.”

For mental health, the staff at Counseling and Health Services is working to accommodate counseling time for students whenever possible.

“Right around the time of midterms and finals, a lot of students come in requesting counseling services,” Bennett said.

There is often a waitlist during these times; however, for the most recent midterms, counselors have increased access to shorten the wait time for students.

“Some students may only need a small number of sessions for a short term concern,” Bennett explained. “Some may need ongoing therapy and that is decided between the student and counselor to determine what’s best.”

As mentioned before, the Hamline community may be feeling under the weather around this time of year. “Get some sleep, move your body as you are able to a little every day, drink plenty of water, eat some fruits and vegetables, and wash your hands,” Metz instructed.

Bennett shares similar thoughts. “It gets stressful so sleeping, eating, and staying hydrated is important. It sounds cliche, but it helps.”

For more information, Counseling and Health Services can be reached at 651-523-2204. Appointments may be scheduled in-person or by phone.


Written by Malenie Ven