Weekly Themed Wellness Walks

With support from the Provost’s office, Penn Center for Public Health Initiatives (CPHI) and Penn Libraries is launching an exciting new program: Weekly Themed Wellness Walks. Walks will be led by staff, faculty, and students across campus, who will start each walk by briefly talking about a topic of their choice. This is a great opportunity to get outside, learn something, and meet your fellow Penn students, staff, and faculty. 

How are Themed Wellness Walks structured?

Walk leaders (staff, faculty, or students) will begin by briefly talking about a topic of their choice (5-7 minutes), then lead participants on a walk at their own pace on 1-2 miles routes throughout campus and the University City area. 

Weekly Wellness Walk Schedule

Please check our page regularly as we will be updating the schedule through out the semester. Signing up for walks is highly encouraged, but not required. Walks are welcome to everyone, so please bring your friends and colleagues! *Dates, times, and starting locations vary.

Date Time Topic Lead Starting Location
Monday, March 2, 2020 1:00 pm Prioritizing Wellness in Extracurricular Activities and Nature Rx Natasha Menon, President of the Undergrad Assembly, Moriah Hall, Associate Dir, MPH Program Palestra
Friday, March 13, 2020 12:00 pm Healthy Snack Tips Madison Monahan, Nutrition Educator, Agatston Urban Nutrition Initiative (AUNI) Palestra
Monday, March 16, 2020 12:00 pm What is the Death Positivity Movement? Nancy Roane, PhD student in Comparative Literature Palestra

**BONUS WALK**

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

12:00 pm Visit the New "Penn Farm" Site and Put NatureRx Into Practice! Chloe Cerwinka, Landscape Planner, and Moriah Hall, NatureRx Ben Franklin Statue, College Hall
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 11:30 am Florence Nightingale-themed walk for International Year of the Nurse and Midwife Dr. D'Antonio, School of Nursing Dean Emerita Ben Franklin Statue, College Hall
Tuesday, April 7, 2020 3:00 pm Topic TBA Marion Leary, Director of Innovation, Penn Nursing Ben Franklin Statue, College Hall
Monday, April 13, 2020 4:00 pm Topic TBA Terri Lipman, Assistant Dean for Community Engagement, Penn Nursing & Dance for Health Ben Franklin Statue, College Hall
Friday, April 17, 2020 12:00 pm Penn HR Wellness Walk *please join our regularly scheduled monthly wellness walk! Ben Franklin Statue, College Hall
Monday, April 20, 2020 12:00 pm Penn Relays Campus Recreation Ben Franklin Statue, College Hall
Tuesday, April 28, 2020 12:00 pm Practicing Everyday Mindfulness with Walking Meditation Sandi Herman, Student Health Services Ben Franklin Statue, College Hall
Monday, May 4, 2020 10:00 am Breath & Air Tayeba Batool, graduate student from Department of Anthropology Ben Franklin Statue, College Hall
Tuesday, May 12 12:00 pm TBA Rob Smith from Campus Health Ben Franklin Statue, College Hall
Thursday, Mary 21, 2020 12:00 pm Caring for Military Members and their Families Pete Freudenberger, Cohen Military Family Clinic Ben Franklin Statue, College Hall

 

Past Weekly Themed Wellness Walks:

Date Time Topic Lead Starting Location
Friday, October 4, 2019 12:00 pm Health Literacy Month: Evaluating Health News Aman Kaur, Penn Libraries Ben Franklin Statue, College Hall
Friday, October 11, 2019 12:00 pm Penn HR Wellness Walk *please join our regularly scheduled monthly wellness walk! Ben Franklin Statue, College Hall
Monday, October 14, 2019 12:00 pm Getting to know your Campus Rec Facilities Chloe Cole and Erica Hildenbrand, Campus Rec Ben Franklin Statue, College Hall
Monday, October 21, 2019 12:00 pm Wellness at Penn Dr. Benoit Dube, Chief Wellness Officer Ben Franklin Statue, College Hall
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 12:00 pm Healthy Food Options on Campus Dan Connolly, Bon Appetit/Penn Dining Ben Franklin Statue, College Hall
Thursday, November 7, 2019 4:00 pm Community Engagement & Dance for Health Terri Lipman, Penn Nursing Ben Franklin Statue, College Hall
Friday, November 15, 2019 12:00 pm Intro to AUNI and Healthy Eating for the Holidays Melissa Sattler Gordon, Agatston Urban Nutrition Initiative (AUNI) Ben Franklin Statue, College Hall
Monday, November 18, 2019 8:00 am Accessibility & Disabilities Dean Wolff, Penn Dental Penn Dental School
Monday, November 25, 2019 12:00 pm Mental Health & Grad Students: The View from the Floor Matt Lee, Penn Nursing PhD and GAPSA VP Ben Franklin Statue, College Hall
Friday, December 6, 2019 12:00 pm Penn HR Wellness Walk *please join our regularly scheduled monthly wellness walk! Ben Franklin Statue, College Hall
Friday, December 13, 2019 4:00 pm An Introduction to Harry Potter Erin Berlew, Post-Doc from Penn School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Ben Franklin Statue, College Hall
Wednesday, December 18, 2019 12:00 pm Sensing Climate: A Year of Data Margaret Janz, Scholarly Communications and Data Curation Librarian from Penn Libraries Ben Franklin Statue, College Hall
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 1:00 pm Introduction to Penn Violence Prevention Samuelle Voltaire, PVP Graduate Assistant Ben Franklin Statue, College Hall
Monday, January 27, 2020 12:00 pm Basketball at Penn, attendees will receive two free tickets to a Penn basketball game! Coaches Steve Donahue and Mike McLaughlin, Men's and Women's Penn Basketball Coaches Ben Franklin Statue, College Hall
Monday, February 3, 2020 4:00 pm OWN IT Beth Finley, undergraduate student Palestra
Wednesday, February 12, 2020 12:00 pm Harry Potter Erin Berlew, Penn Engineering graduate student Palestra
Friday, February 21, 2020 12:00 pm Penn HR Wellness Walk *please join our regularly scheduled monthly wellness walk! Palestra
Monday, February 24, 2020 11:00 am Heart Month: Screening for Newborns Richard James, Penn Libraries Palestra

 

Get Involved

We are also looking for people to help lead a walk (or two!) for our campus wide walking group this academic year (Fall 2019, Spring 2020, and Summer 2020). If you're interested in leading a walk, please reach out to Elaine Weigelt, Community Outreach Program Manager, Center for Public Health Initiatives (elaine.weigelt@pennmedicine.upenn.edu) and Aman Kaur, Community Health and Engineering Librarian, Penn Libraries (amankaur@pobox.upenn.edu).