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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 the Wellness Committee if you have any questions.

While non-employees of the college, such as the spouse or partner of a staff or faculty member, may participate in many of these activities, they must submit a completed liability release form to the coordinator of the activity.

5K FUNd Run/Walk
Bike challenge
Buddhist chanting club
Health & wellness resources
Holiday Hustle/Hydration Challenge
No cost activities
Tobacco cessation programs
Walk on a whim
Wellness and fitness classes
Wellness articles and resources

5K FUNd Run/Walk

The annual 5K FUNd Run/Walk, a fundraiser for local elementary schools in the neighborhood, is scheduled for Saturday September 21, 2019.

For more information, to register for the race, or to sign up as a volunteers please click here.

Bike challenge!

The next Bike More Challenge is this coming May, 2020!

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) 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. 

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. 

2019 Holiday Hustle/Hydration Challenge

The wellness committee is sponsoring a “Holiday Hustle/Hydration Challenge” to help everyone keep moving/hydrated during the holiday season.

• Beginning November 18th and running through December 15th, challengers will log steps or the amount of water consumed (in ounces) or BOTH! 

• Each Monday of the challenge (Nov. 25th, Dec. 2nd and 9th), those who have logged steps and/or water for the prior week will be entered into a random drawing for a weekly prize.

• On Monday, December 16th the challenger who participated all four weeks and has the highest total steps or ounces will receive a grand prize. (For this challenge, 5,000 steps will be the equivalent of 70 ounces of water consumed). (Caution: there are hazards to drinking too much water:

• Please sign up to participate using
this registration form and indicate on the form if you will be tracking steps or water. A separate tracking form will be emailed to those who have signed up by Friday, November 15th.


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 half court 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 Lisa Mickola.

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.

Wellness & Fitness Classes (Spring 2021)

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

Classes for spring 2021 are offered remotely over Zoom and are available to join both live and by recording for later viewing. Once you register, you will be added to the calendar with links to the classes.

Instructors and Class Descriptions:

Got Balance? with Hilary Miller
Mondays, 7:15 to 8:00 a.m.

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 ten-year-old daughter and boxer dog. 

Got Balance?
This class will include various standing balance work and core strength training. Some of the exercises will use light dumbbells. We'll also spend about 15 minutes on the mat for floor ab work and stabilization exercises.

"My first class was fantastic! It was incredibly challenging, but Hilary had a really positive approach and offered modifications."  — Jennifer Corpus, professor of psychology

Pilates with Vicki Ratzlaff
Mondays and Wednesdays 1-2pm

Vicki's full studio training certification was completed in 2005 through Momentum Studios of Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has been in the fitness instruction profession for over 20 years in the Portland area. She started out with Step Aerobic programs, added Stationary Cycling, personal trainer programs, dance programs, and taught Yoga through Yogafit International. As a Yoga instructor she fell in love with the core, strength, and balance challenge through the movement that Pilates teaches. After her Pilates certification was completed, she became an instructor and teaches at Sellwood Pilates for over 15 years. Vicki finds Pilates to be the most complete and comprehensive program in keeping your body moving. For over 20 years she has taught and helped men and women of all ages and levels to reach their goals for better balance, flexibility, posture, and mobility using the Pilates method. Each one is "strengthened from the center out."

Joseph Pilates developed his method of physical and mental conditioning utilizing a series of mat exercises to dramatically improve strength, flexibility, coordination, posture, and muscle tone. Pilates is more than just an exercise program; it is a system that works the mind and body together. It is the original “core training” method. In Pilates, your body’s center, or core, is referred to as the “Powerhouse," and includes all of your abdominal, back, and buttocks muscles, and inner and outer thighs. It teaches a comprehensive way of body conditioning that integrates the upper and lower musculature, building a balanced body and deeply strong core. Adaptable to any level of fitness, age, or physical ability, it challenges and supports students through a systematic and progressive system of exercises, creating whole body strength and vitality. The benefits of a consistent Pilates practice will stay with you for a lifetime. Regardless of your physical ability, the Pilates method will provide you with tangible results: deep core strength, long and lean muscular toning, back pain relief, injury prevention, improved posture, increased stamina and energy, flexibility and mobility, long term functionality.

Yoga with Erin Nova
Tuesdays, noon to 1:00 p.m.

Erin is from from Lafayette, Louisiana, and lives and works in Northeast Portland and beyond. She is a yoga instructor, personal trainer, and specialist in women’s fitness, balance, and flexibility. Coming from a track running background, she turned to yoga in college when she broke her leg running. She loves teaching and training in groups or one-on-one, focusing on how breathing deeply and well can change the way you feel and live. Erin believes that if you can breathe and move, you can do yoga and get stronger than you ever imagined!

Hatha/Hatha Flow
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. 

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

Hilary has worked in Portland in social service for over 20 years—in the criminal justice field, and for the past 18 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 twelve-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, steps, mats, and cardio drills. 

19 weeks from Monday, January 4th through Friday, May 14th

How much?
You pay only $120 for access to all five weekly classes, either live or recorded, for the spring term. If you attend just one class/week, that amounts to ~$6.30/class; 2 classes/week would be ~$3/class; 3 classes/week would be ~$2/class.

How to Register?
Please click HERE to fill out the on-line registration form. After enrolling, you have two ways to pay: 

  • Mail your check made out to Reed to the business office with the memo line “2021 Spring Fitness Wellness Committee."
  • Complete the Payroll Deduction Authorization Form, with the specific amount to be deducted over a specified number of pay periods, and submit to Dawn in the business office or over email to

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 (when at the Sports Center): Use the private changing rooms and shower facility on the top floor of the Sports Center, next to the Dance Studio.

Contact Taylor Smith of the wellness committee, You may take one trial class before registering, contact Taylor if interested. 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 Taylor and she will work with you to personalize your own class package.  

Wellness articles and resources


If you have feedback on wellness committee programs, contact the Wellness Committee. To stay up to date on events and offerings, join the faculty/staff wellness event email list.