As part of Dr. Scott W. Thayer’s campus-wide wellness initiative for 2022–23, the campus has expanded upon the resources first offered to employees during the COVID-19 pandemic and developed a dedicated new Wellness Portal on the SBVC website. With separate pages for employees and students, the website now houses links to employee fitness challenges, free fitness classes, campus walking maps, curated workout playlists, meditation sessions, and mental health counseling.
“The purpose of this wellness initiative is to help us get back on track,” said Dr. Thayer. “Fully remote work significantly reduced opportunities for exercise that many of us previously had built into our day before the pandemic, when we could walk around the beautiful campus grounds to attend classes or interact with each other in person. We need to rebuild that aspect of our campus experience. Hopefully, this team effort will help us to rebalance our work and physical activity levels to our collective benefit.”
Employees and students are also encouraged to take advantage of the many classes offered on campus that are known to support physical and mental health, including kinesiology, music, art, health education, and much more, even if they fall outside a specific program of study. SBVC employees and their families are eligible for 100% reimbursement of tuition fees in classes successfully completed on campus.