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Join the faculty/staff wellness email list to get regular updates on wellness events, programs and opportunities. This could range from on campus workshops to free massages to quarterly registration information for lunchtime fitness classes.  Contact Julie Shannon if you have any questions.

Bike challenge
Buddhist chanting club
February fitness month
Health & wellness resources
No cost activities
Tobacco cessation programs
Walk on a whim
Wellness and fitness classes
Wellness articles and resources

Bike challenge!

The next Bike More Challenge is this coming May, 2018!

Don't forget about the Bike Commuter Act! This allows employers to reimburse bike commuters up to $20 per month for bike commuting expenses. Please click HERE for more information.  

Buddhist chanting Club

Recharge your spiritual batteries. Wednesdays (noon - 1pm), and Mondays (5 - 6pm) in the Chapel. We chant nam-myoho-renge-kyo for 30 minutes, followed by a short reading of Nichiren Daishonin or Daisaku Ikeda to inspire food-for-the-soul conversation. (No meetings during fall, winter, spring and summer breaks.  We meet every week that regular classes are in session.) Open to all. Drop in for as little or as long as you like. Questions may be addressed to Lynette Yetter.  

February fitness Month

The wellness committee wants you to stay active during one of the dreariest months of the year, so grab a workout buddy, pull that bike out of storage or just go for a walk around the canyon! Log your workout stats throughout the month and win cool prizes! As if that weren’t enough, the wellness committee has free events throughout the month where you can meet your fellow wellness warriors, get information about wellness programs on campus and refuel on healthy snacks. Contact Julie Shannon for more information. 

Health and wellness resources

Did you know that you have access to articles from major cooking and nutrition magazines? Videos, articles, and pamphlets from health and medical journals? Encyclopedias on disease, nutrition, and mental health? Explore the Health and Wellness guide to library resources, curated by the Reed Science Librarian. All resources on the guide are freely available to Reed staff, faculty, and students. 


Silent meditation takes place every Tuesday during the lunch hour in the Eliot Hall chapel under the direction of Alan Shusterman. Participation is open to all members of the Reed community and their guests. Come join us for a quiet break from the hustle and bustle of cutting-edge academic inquiry. More information for beginners and experienced meditators alike is available at Reed's meditation blog.

New to meditation? Want more information about our session? Contact Alan.

No cost activities!

There are a number of excellent wellness activities available at NO COST to you! Examples include, but are not limited to: meditation sessions, Buddhist chanting, rock climbing classes, basketball, running group, and more!

NOONBALL (Basketball at noon!)
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 12:15 pm to 1:30 pm 
Basketball Court in the Gym
Join us for halfcourt basketball. Great camaraderie. We welcome players of all ages, genders, and skill levels. Running and jumping optional. 

Tuesdays and Thursdays: 12:05 pm
Meet outside the Cage entrance to the Gym (Northside entrance).
Lace up your shoes and come out for fresh air, bad jokes, and an endorphin rush! We typically run for about 45 minutes, anywhere from three to six miles, at a forgiving pace. You can peel off at any time. 
Join the listserve: .
There's also a FB group:

Please check back often for more information and options. 

Walk on a whim!

We are inviting all members of the Reed community who may be interested in increasing their activity and finding partners in health to join together for self and group motivation towards increased movement and well being. We know it can be hard to continue good habits in walking once the rains start.

So we have created a list of individuals who are interested in getting out and walking! Anyone can then email the list if they are interested in company on their walk, any time of the day, any day of the week, any amount of time, any pace. Individuals are welcome to participate as much or as little as they choose. 

To find out more, ask questions, share suggestions or SIGN UP, please reach out to Kelsey Wirtzfeld.

We look forward to connecting with you! Come join us! Everyone is welcome.

Tobacco cessation programs

Reed employees have access to multiple resources to help quit tobacco. Click on the links below to find out more.

Tobacco cessation program for Kaiser members

Tobacco cessation program for Regence members

Cascade Centers EAP tobacco cessation program

Smoke Free Oregon Tobacco Quit Line  

Wellness & fitness classes (Spring 2018)

All faculty members, staff, and their partners are welcome to sign up for wellness and fitness classes, sponsored by the wellness committee. The variety of classes include everything from relaxation and stress reduction to toning, balance, and cardio workout.

Instructors and Class Descriptions:

Pilates with Vicki Ratzlaff
Mondays and Wednesdays, noon to 1:00 p.m.
Mat Room, Sports Center

Vicki has been in the fitness instruction profession for over 18 years in the Portland area. She started with step aerobic programs, added stationary cycling, personal trainer programs, dance programs, and yoga. Vicki completed her pilates full studio training certification in 2005 through Momentum Studios of Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is the owner of Sellwood Pilates Studio.

Learn how to move with confidence and control in any environment, limiting the possibility of injuries. People at many levels of fitness who take Pilates say they've seen improvements in range of motion, flexibility, circulation, posture, and abdominal strength, and decreases in back, neck and joint pain. You will develop a heightened awareness and connection of your trunk muscles to strengthen the core to its maximum potential. Learn how you can take these exercises outside the studio and use them as "functional movements for an active life-style." Pilates is doable for all ages, gentle but also challenging to your level!

Yoga with Devi Morris
Tuesdays, noon to 12:55 p.m.
Tuesdays, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
Mat Room, Sports Center

Devi completed her teacher training at the Yoga Shala of Portland in 2006, and apprenticed with Maddie Huish and Char Rice. She also studied Shadow Yoga with Zhander Remete and Emma Balnaves from 2005-2014. Devi incorporates a variety of approaches in her own practice and teaching including the use of music, mudras and restorative yoga. Her goal is to impart the knowledge of Hatha Yoga by directing the student to cut through the gross layer of attachment to the mundane world through a more intimate relationship with the body and the breath.

Hatha/Hatha Flow, Noon to 12:55 p.m.
The yogasanas (poses) move the spine in all directions giving greater flexibility and strength to the anatomical core. In this class we will focus on moving the spine and limbs in synchronization with the breath, and sometimes with the accompaniment of music. In addition, basic pranayama (yogic breathing techniques) will be taught to aid the flow of energy and help the mind focus. Students will learn a variety of standing and seated poses in a sequence that ultimately leads to stillness at the end of class. In this stillness one can realize the essence of yoga. This class is for all levels with pose modifications for beginners and variations for more seasoned students.

Hatha Yoga for Relaxation, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Hatha Yoga for Relaxation is a gentle yoga class that focuses on slow deep breathing and body awareness, calming the nervous system from the very first breath of class. Some classes will feature restorative yoga, using props to support the body in gentle long held stretches. Other classes may focus on using slow mindful movement with the breath in standing, seated and reclining yogasanas (poses). In this class one is encouraged to let go of the need to do and allow the self to simply be. Deep yogic breathing will be introduced along with other relaxation techniques keeping both the beginner and the more seasoned student in mind. (Please note that this class does not meet when academic classes are not in session, and may be cancelled after spring break week.)

Yoga with Jenn Sparano
Thursdays, noon to 1:00 p.m.
Dance Studio, Sports Center

Since 2004 Jennifer “Jen” Sparano has devoted herself to the formal study of yoga philosophy, pranayama (breath work), asana (postures), and meditation. She completed her teacher training at the Yoga Shala of Portland in 2006 and has since expanded her practice of classical vinyasa with Ramaswami Srivatsa (longest standing student of Shri T. Krishnamacharya), Shadow Yoga with Madeleine Huish, and “Gravity & Grace” with Peter Sterios. Jen teaches with a strong emphasis on breath, alignment, and finding the balance between strength and softness, force and ease. It is her intention to create a noncompetitive atmosphere where students can feel safe to expand their yoga while building a solid foundation for a life-long practice.

Classical Yoga:
A classical yoga-inspired hour offering chances for true challenge as well as "chill," depending on each person's energy level, range of motion, and preference. With emphasis on listening and respecting the body's boundaries and needs, we focus on intentional practice that leads to sustainable, healthy changes in the way we move and think of our bodies. Every week is a different set of movements, with a new objective, pulling inspiration from Erin's love of bodyweight and core training as well as Hatha and vinyasa-style movement. We will breathe deeply, accept the body as it is, and build strength, control, balance, stability, and endurance, and of course active and passive flexibility.

Power Circuit Conditioning with Hilary Miller
Fridays, noon to 1:00 p.m.
Dance Studio, Sports Center

Hilary has worked in Portland in social service for over 20 years—in the criminal justice field, and for the past 16 years as a mentor for Friends of Children, serving our community's most vulnerable youth as they work to overcome barriers to their success. Teaching kickboxing, boot camp and circuit classes at several Portland gyms for the past decade has been Hilary's hobby. She also is a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) certified personal trainer. In addition to helping others with their wellness goals, she loves spending time with her nine-year-old daughter and boxer dog. 

Circuit Conditioning:
A calorie blasting, total body workout for all fitness levels. Build cardio and muscular endurance, core strength and agility while working through a mix of circuit intervals using weights, resistance bands, medicine balls and cardio drills. 

20 weeks from Tuesday, January 2 through Friday, May 18
(no class on MLK day (January 15) and Commencement (May 14)

Access Questions?
* All the classes accommodate different levels of experience and skill.
* We all have busy schedules. It's fine to arrive late to the classes and leave early.
* Locker room option: Use the private changing rooms and shower facility on the top floor of the Sports Center, next to the Dance Studio.

How much?
The Wellness Committee subsidizes the cost of classes, making them a real bargain over what you would pay at a studio. The more you buy, the cheaper the classes! The fee schedule for the spring term is:

10 "drop in" classes (6.50/class): $65
20 classes (average 1 class per week at $6.00/class): $120
40 classes (average 2 classes per week at $5.50/class): $220
60 classes (average 3 classes per week at $5.00/class): $300

How to Register?
Please click HERE to fill out the on-line registration form. 
After enrolling, you have two ways to pay: 
1) Send your check to Kat Gierek at the Cashier's window in the business office with the memo line “2018 Spring Fitness Classes."
2) Complete the Payroll Deduction Authorization Form, with the specific amount to be deducted over a specified number of pay periods, and return to Metin in the business office.

Receive your punch card via campus mail (if you request one), and mix and match classes throughout the spring term.

Call or email Barbara Amen of the wellness committee, or ext. 7259. You may take one trial class before registering, though please let Barbara know if you are planning on doing that. Also, please keep in mind that we do not allow participants to roll over unused classes to the following semester, except in cases of long term injury or illness. If you do not see a package that is right for you, or if you are signing up well into the term or wish to add more classes, please contact Barbara and she will work with you to personalize your own class package.  


Wellness articles and resources

Please check back often as articles and resources will be added and change throughout the year. 



If you have feedback on wellness committee programs, let us know here. To stay up to date on events and offerings, click here to sign up for the wellness committee listserv.