Student Wellness

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MUSC is committed to the goal of Building Healthy Communities, and this includes a pledge to your health and well-being as a valued member of our MUSC family. By complementing the academic experience with an array of co-curricular programs and services, we strive to optimize each student’s personal and professional development and well-being. Maximizing student well-being can have several benefits on student success:

Increases:
Academic Performance
Cognitive Function
Physical Capacity
Self-esteem

Decreases:
Chronic Disease
Anxiety (Chronic and Acute)
Stress

Research also shows that optimizing wellness can create positive outcomes on patient care.

 

Dimensions of Wellness

Our approach is derived from Hettler's Wellness Wheel and modified to support MUSC's mission. The adapted version represents how different dimensions of wellness can be interconnected and holistically exist to provide a complete picture of an individual's total wellness.

The path to well-being is a personal journey, and there is no “one size fits all” approach. A number of resources have been compiled from campus and community experts to provide opportunities to acquire new skills, refine techniques and reflect on current habits to incorporate into your lifestyle. Explore what MUSC can offer you to enhance your overall well-being:

Physical Well-being

Recognizes the need for caring for your body to stay healthy now and in the future. Individuals who practice physical well-being apply knowledge about exercise, nutrition, fitness, healthy eating habits, and personal hygiene into their daily routines.

Psychosocial Health

Encompasses the emotional, social, and spiritual dimensions of what it means to be healthy.  Psychosocial health is a complex interactive make-up of a person’s experiences, cognitive and behavioral processes, thoughts, feelings and beliefs and how they relate to their environment.

Intellectual Enrichment

Intellectual enrichment measures the degree to which an individual engages in creative mental activities and pursues Growing intellectually, maintaining curiosity about all there is to learn, valuing lifelong learning, and responding positively to intellectual challenges. An intellectual healthy person uses the resources available to increase their knowledge and skills while sharing them with others.