Health and Wellness Initiative

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University Health Services at the University of the District of Columbia introduces the university’s health and wellness initiative Get Up and Move! This comprehensive health and wellness initiative is an interdisciplinary collaborative partnership between University Health Services, UDC Athletics,  UDC Counseling Centers, Center for Nutrition Diet and Health, UDC’s Wellness Center,  the Campaign 9:30 grant program, faculty, staff and students from the university’s academic programs.

The initiative offers a combination of physical activity, disease prevention workshops, health promotion programs and learning about healthy lifestyles in a fun, interactive way. Students have the opportunity to learn about nutrition and engage in activities that improve their physical fitness, mental health and overall well-being. Each program is designed to encourage healthier living for the university community. The health and wellness initiative aligns with many goals of the university’s strategic plan vision 20/20. The Get Up and Move! Health and Wellness Calendar lists the activities and events occurring throughout the academic year including weekly physical fitness sessions such as aerobics, swimming, strength training, national health awareness activities, and more.

Get Up and Move! launched its health and wellness programs in 2014 with an appearance and lecture by healthy living advocate, Dr. Ian K. Smith, MD. The best-selling author and medical expert who is a recurring co-host on the Emmy® Award-winning talk show, The Doctors, and the creator and founder of two far-reaching national health initiatives — The 50 Million Pound Challenge and The Makeover Mile.  Dr. Ian talked with students and conducted a fitness demonstration on the Dennard Plaza during the 9th Annual Back-to-School Barbeque on Thursday, September 11, 2014.

Combining these comprehensive programs, Get Up and Move! is about linking students and the university community to the paths of a healthy future during their time at UDC and beyond. Our 2016-2017 theme for health and wellness is Healthier Ever After.
“There’s overwhelming research evidence that students who lead healthy active lifestyles do better academically and are less likely to experience major illnesses which may impede their academic success.” – Dr. Ayana Elliott, Director of University Health Services and Chairperson, Get Up and Move! initiative.

Our goals are designed to promote sustainable strategies that will improve the health and well-being of the university community:

Goal I: Start Small, Start Smart 
To provide individuals with opportunities to begin activities at various levels of experience and physical capabilities that cultivate the progressive incorporation of intentional physical fitness into their lives.

Goal II:  MyPlate, Your Place
To empower individuals to make healthier food choices through counseling, workshops, and educational tools developed from nationally recognized authorities on nutrition.

Goal III:  Knowing how to live healthier 
To improve access to knowledge on physical and mental health seeking behaviors, disease prevention, and enhancing overall well-being at the individual, community, and population levels.

Goal IV:  Tobacco Free Campus
To increase awareness of the smoke-free campus policy, the dangers of tobacco use/abuse, maintain an active action plan that builds on the Smoke Free U. program developed in 2015-2016 to decrease tobacco use and fortify a smoke-free campus.

Upcoming Events


Bounce Back Back is a 15-week structured support program which is designed to address bolstering student’s capacity to respond to personal stress and academic challenge.  Research has demonstrated that Bounce Back participants were more likely to remove their academic probation status and increase their overall GPA than students on academic probation who did not participate in the program.  Topics such as persistence, study skills, time management, procrastination, stress management, and self-awareness, and experiential activities are used to examine the multi-faceted and interwoven factors that impact academic performance.  For more information, contact Dr. Jessica Roberts at

Intramurals & Recreation

Ongoing Classes:

Yoga – Coming Soon (Contact Fitness Manager Cory Robinson –

Zumba – Coming Soon (Contact Fitness Manager Cory Robinson –

Aerobics / Weight Training – Coming Soon (Contact Fitness Manager Cory Robinson –

Aqua Fitness – Monday & Wednesday, 6:00-7:00 PM (Natatorium)

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions – Aqua Fitness

  • We work out in shallow water; you do not need to know how to swim.
  • Aqua Fitness is low-impact exercise that is healthy for your joints and will help improve back pain.
  • You do not have to get your hair wet, but we do splash!!
  • The pool is heated.
  • There are lifeguards on the pool deck.
  • Classes are taught by a certified aqua fitness instructor Kim Crews.
  • I will work with you if you have a fear of the water. Some of my students have gone on to take swimming lessons.
  • Aqua fitness is fun and reduces stress.
  • Contact Kim Crews for more information-

Coming Soon:

Early Bird Aerobics – 7:00-8:00 AM

Swimming Information:
Open Swim hours as follows:
Mon/Wed: 10 am – 12 pm, 2pm – 7 pm
Tues/Thurs: 7 am – 9am, 12pm – 5 pm
Fri: 12pm – 5pm

Swimming Pool

Department of Intercollegiate Athletics
Sports Complex  4200 Connecticut Avenue, NW Washington, D.C.  20008
Phone 202.274.5095

2016-2017 Health and Wellness Events – At a glance (check the calendar above for full list and details)

August 2016
Safe Spaces – Campaign 9:30 – August 18

September 2016
National Suicide Prevention Awareness Week @ 801 campus – UDC-CC Counseling Center
Get Up and Move! 2016-2017 Kickoff – September 14
Flu Vaccination Clinics – University Health Services
National Gay Men HIV Awareness – September 25 – Campaign 9:30
National Psychotherapy Day *wear teal* – September 26 – Van Ness Counseling Center
Paint the Town Purple*wear purple* Domestic violence awareness –  September 27 – Van Ness Counseling Center/Campaign 9:30

October 2016
National Mental Health Illness Awareness Week @ 801 campus – UDC-CC Counseling Center
National Depression Screening Day event – October 6 –  Van Ness Counseling Center
National Coming out Day – Van Ness Counseling Center
National Disability Employment Awareness @ 801 campus – UDC-CC Counseling Center
Breast Cancer Awareness event –  University Health Services
Domestic Violence Awareness events – Van Ness & UDC-CC Counseling Ctrs/Campaign 9:30
Flu Vaccination Clinics – University Health Services

November 2016
Diabetes Awareness Month – University Health Services
National Stress Awareness Day – November 4 – Counseling Center
National Nurse Practitioner Week – November 8-14 – University Health Services
DC Walk & 5K to End HIV – November 12 – Campaign 9:30
Sex Ed Boot Camp – November 16 – Campaign 9:30
Great American Smoke Out – November 17 – University Health Services/Campaign 9:30
Melting the Stigma – November 18 – Campaign 9:30
Homecoming Week Activities
Relax, Relate, Release Series for Finals Prep @ 801 campus – UDC-CC Counseling Center

December 2016
World AIDS Day Health Fair – December 1st – University Health Services/Campaign 9:30
4th Annual World AIDS Day event @ 801 campus – UDC-CC Counseling/ AAS Nursing
Employee Wellness Fair – University Health Services/UDC Human Resources
National Cookie Day “Cookies & Compliments” – December 3 – Counseling Center

January 2017
Cervical Cancer Awareness – University Health Services

February 2017
National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day – February 6-10
2nd Annual Love Yourself workshop and social @ 801 campus – UDC-CC Counseling Center
Wear Red – American Heart Disease Awareness Month – University Health Services
Love Your Body – National Eating Disorders Awareness Week – February 21 &22 – University Health Services/Van Ness Counseling Center

March 2017
Women’s History Month Empowerment Series @ 801 campus – UDC-CC Counseling Center
National Nutrition Month event – University Health Services/ Center for Nutrition Diet and Health
Women and Girls HIV Awareness Annual Tea and Luncheon

April 2017
UDC-CC Health & Wellness Fair – UDC-CC Counseling Center
Samples and Smiles – April 13 – Van Ness Counseling Center
Denim Day – Sexual Assault Awareness Month Observance – Van Ness Counseling Center
National Alcohol Screening Day – April 7th (Alcohol Awareness Month)
Sexually Transmitted Diseases Education and Awareness Month
Sexual Assault Awareness Month Activities @ 801 campus – UDC-CC Counseling Center

May 2017
National Nurses’ Appreciation Week May 6 – 12

June 2017
National LGBT Pride Month
Men’s Health Day Wear Blue event – University Health Services
National HIV Testing Day

August 2017


Health Services

A Division Student Development & Success

Building 44, Room A-40
phone 202.274.5030
fax 202.274.5411 (Confidential Faxes)

Office Hours
Fall, Spring & Summer
Mon - Fri: 8:30am - 5pm
Wed: 8:30am - 6pm