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Wellness at Skidmore College

Skidmore College is committed to establishing a work environment that promotes healthy lifestyles, decreases the risk of disease, and enhances the quality of our employees' lives.

Wellness is the process of being aware of and actively working toward better physical, financial, emotional, spiritual, social, and intellectual health and well-being. Skidmore values healthy community members!

Through communication, encouragement, health promotion, educational programming, and various fitness offerings, we hope to create a community that supports the overall health and well-being of faculty and staff.

Examples of past programs and initiatives offered through Live More Skidmore, in partnership with MVP, include Drink 8 to Hydrate; No Gain, Maintain; the Penny Counter Challenge; Minutes in Motion; and the Gratitude Challenge. 

Challenges for spring/summer 2024:

  • The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Challenge, a six-week challenge (Feb. 5 through March 17) intended to help reduce and relieve stress through mindfulness-based stress reduction practices. Participants will learn how to reduce stress in their daily lives and increase their ability to cope with stress, pain, illness, and everyday challenges; handle situations with grace and composure; and be fully present and alive in the moment.
  • Moving in Mindfulness Challenge, a four-week challenge, April 1-28, intended to showcase the interconnectedness of physical and mental well-being by motivating participants to get active while practicing mindfulness. Participants will engage in activities that will incorporate movement and mindfulness with the goals of becoming more active, learning techniques to manage stress, anxiety, and depressive symptoms, and working to establish a consistent mindfulness practice. (Now in progress)
  • Drink 8 to Hydrate, June 17-July 29 (Information coming soon)

We welcome your feedback!

Since the launch of Live More Skidmore, we’ve been asking for your help in evaluating the Skidmore employee well-being program and gauging your needs and interests for future program improvements. Your feedback is important to us!

Here are the results of some past Skidmore employee wellness surveys:
2016 Wellness Survey
2020 Wellness Survey
2022 Wellness Survey

2023 Wellness Survey

The results from these assessments have been used, and continue to be used, to support the planning, implementation, and evaluation of our well-being program. We are listening and invite you to continue to share feedback.

If you have questions or suggestions regarding wellness, please feel free to contact Assistant Director for Benefits, Compliance, and Wellness Laura Goodwin at ext. 5808 or lgoodwin@skidmore.edu, or any member of the Wellness Planning Group.

Members of the Skidmore Wellness Planning Group:

  • Lacey Largeteau
  • Adam Wald
  • Colleen Shamberger
  • Angela Valden
  • Paul Arciero