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Kent State of Wellness

Kent State of Wellness is the university-wide effort to promote wellness, focusing on eight key areas. We strive to create a healthy environment and to prioritize the health and wellness of our community. Our department will foster a culture of health and wellness for students and employees at all Kent State campuses.

President Beverly Warren

Dear Members of the Kent State Community:

Our strategic goal to emerge as one of the healthiest university communities in the nation is an exciting and lofty aspiration that we named together – and one that we can achieve only through the active engagement of every member of our eight-campus community.

There are many reasons why it makes sense for a university to declare communitywide wellness as a major goal and vision. Our own researchers, for example, tell us about a number of implications for brain health, including recent studies by our faculty that have drawn connections between memory and obesity, memory and exercise and meditation and heart health. The Kent State of Wellness initiative is part of our Organizational Stewardship priority outlined in our six-year vision:  A Strategic Roadmap to a Distinctive Kent StateClearly, direct relationships exist between employee wellness and workplace satisfaction, employee effectiveness and healthcare costs.

Most importantly, we know that the habits formed during the college years often travel with our graduates when they leave the university and follow them throughout their lives. Helping each other to make healthy choices and develop life-enriching habits are among the many gifts we can provide as a caring community of learners.

I express appreciation to everyone who has made the Kent State of Wellness vision a reality. I look forward to joining with you in making Kent State a national model for a healthy campus environment.

With best regards,

Beverly Warren


Meditation Across Campus

Curious about what meditation is and how it might be able to help you?

Kent State of Wellness is offering Meditation Across Campus, an opportunity to join in with other members of the Kent State community for free, facilitated meditation sessions with drop-in times available at different locations throughout the Kent Campus. Meditation begins the week of Sept. 24 and will continue until the start of winter break.


Kent State Named One of the Healthiest Universities in the Nation

Active Minds honors Kent State University with a 2018 Healthy Campus Award for fostering a culture of health and wellness for students and the entire Kent State community.

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Kent State of Wellness Student Ambassador Program

Looking to get more involved on your campus? Looking for a way to have a positive impact on the overall health and wellness of students, faculty, and staff? We may have just what you’re looking for!

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The Seeds of Wellness Program

Seeds of Wellness is a mini-grant program that provides investment for programs that reflect Kent State’s investment in health and wellness across the university system.

In Association With


Smoke-Free, Tobacco-Free University
Our goal is to achieve maximum voluntary compliance through communication about the smoke-free, tobacco-free policy to our students, employees and visitors. The success of this new policy will rely on the thoughtfulness, consideration and cooperation of smokers and nonsmokers alike.


Healthy Campus 2020
We joined a cohort of institutions of higher education and other organizations committed to achieving the American College Health Association's Healthy Campus 2020 goals and objectives.


The JED Foundation
Over the last fifteen years, The Jed Foundation has emerged as the leader in protecting the emotional health of America's 21 million college students.