Wellness U


To assist our employees in achieving their wellness goals, Salem State University has created WellnessU. We have created opportunities that will enable our employees a self directed and evolving process to achieve their full potential through multi-dimensional and holistic trainings. These sessions will encompass lifestyle, mental and spiritual well being. This process is designed to allow people to become aware of and make informed choices towards a more successful existence. The Wellness U Advisory Board are pleased to announce this year’s (AY15/16) grant funds have been awarded to the following programs:

Spring Semester: Color Me Calm

Do you have the mid-winter blahs? Feeling stressed?  Too much to do and not enough time stress?  Take an hour out of your week and color yourself calm.  A new and innovative strategy, coloring is becoming a popular way to manage stress.  We will meet twice during the month of December with more sessions coming for the spring semester.  North Campus faculty dining area. 12 pm. January 21 – May 12.  Contact Amy Everitt (aeveritt@salemstate.edu) with questions. Coloring books and pencils will be provided – staying in the lines – optional!

To begin the week of January 11: Sustainable Wellness for Students

This program will offer members of the SSU community an opportunity to meet up with like-minded individuals to participate in activities that promote health and wellness. For example, hikes, road race training, skiing/snowboarding, triathlons, yoga classes, healthy cooking classes, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), etc. Please contact Charlene Moske-Weber (cmoskeweber@salemstate.edu) for more information.

Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting January 21: Employee Only Pilates
This program welcomes all university employees. Pilates is a system of controlled exercises that focuses specifically on the core muscles (abdominals, hip, & back). This method of exercise promotes strength, stability, and flexibility. All fitness levels welcome. To register, please email Annmarie Bedard (abedard@salemstate.edu). Underground Room, Ellison Campus Center. 1-2 pm. Meeting dates: 1/21, 1/26, 1/28, 2/4, 2/9, 2/11, 2/16, 2/18, 2/23, 2/25, 3/1, 3/3, 3/8, 3/10, 3/15, 3/17, 3/22, 3/24, 3/29, 3/31, 4/5, 4/7 Pending: 4/12, 4/14, 4/19, 4/21, 4/26, 4/28, 5/3, 5/5, 5/10, 5/12, 5/17, 5/19, 5/24, 5/26, 5/31, 6/2.

Wednesday, starting January 20: Employee Only Zumba
This program welcomes all university employees. Zumba fitness is a Latin-inspired cardio-dance workout that uses music and choreographed steps to form a fitness party atmosphere. To register, please email Annmarie Bedard(abedard@salemstate.edu). Underground Room, Ellison Campus Center. 5-6 pm. Please note: not all dates are consecutive. Meeting dates: 1/20, 1/27, 2/10, 3/16, 4/13, 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18, 5/25, 6/1.

End of January to early March (TBD): Effects of Exercise on Anxiety and Stress

This program will be a period of data collection for a study investigating the effects of high-intensity resistance training on emotional well-being, including a specific sub-set of veterans diagnosed with PTSD. Prospective participants may contact either contact Anthony D’Amico (adamico@salemstate.edu) or Dr. Abboud (gabboud@salemstate.edu). More information to come.  

Spring 2016 Semester: Pink Gloves Boxing

The Gassett Fitness Center, in partnership with Wellness U, will be offering Pink Gloves Boxing.  This program will run the entire length of the semester and combines personal development and goal-setting into a superior fitness system.  In Pink Gloves Boxing, members cheer each other on, help each other out, guide new members and contribute to each session.  Pink Gloves Boxing teaches true boxing technique and skills, however there is no direct contact in classes.  All instructors are Pink Gloves Boxing trained and certified.  Contact Kelly Janos (kjanos@salemstate.edu) for more information.

February 19, March 25, April 22: Gassett After Dark

A series of programs offered on select Friday nights throughout the semester that focus on a specific recreational activity.  The fitness center also remains open until midnight for normal usage. Individuals should contact Michelle Cunningham (mcunningham@salemstate.edu) for more information and to register! Gassett Fitness Center. 8 pm – 12 am.

March 24, 31 and April 7: Multisport Festival

Win non-cash prizes for your department by achieving the highest percentage of your department’s students, faculty and staff that participate in the swimming, running/walking and/or softball activities! 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will be recognized! Three events: March 24 (softball O’Keefe 12pm), March 31 (run/walk Forest River Park 1pm), and April 7 (swim O’Keefe 1.15pm). Start preparing now - gather your departmental teams (students, faculty and staff) and for any questions, please email Peter Smolianov (psmolianov@salemstate.edu).

May 4: Viking Warrior Field Day

Join us for our 2nd annual Viking Warrior Field Day beginning at 12 pm.  This collaboration between several campus offices, student organizations, the Gassett Fitness Center, and Wellness U, is sure to be a day of fun for everyone!  See if you have what it takes to be the Ultimate Viking Warrior at SSU!  Teams and individuals will compete on an inflatable obstacle course and we will have a student division and a fac/staff/administrator division.  The top 3 teams in each division will be awarded prizes and we will have prizes for top individual performers as well!  You can compete at any time throughout the afternoon.  Food will be provided by Chartwells.  More information will follow in early spring.  Please contact Kelly Janos (kjanos@salemstate.edu) for more information.


Past Programs:

  • Chair Massages
  • Walking Meditation


We encourage you to take part in any and all opportunities made available through Wellness U. Please directly contact the program administrator for more information on a particular opportunity. If you wish to inquire generally about Wellness U please email wellnessu@salemstate.edu.