Preventative health care, regular physical activity, and healthy eating habits are all components of wellness. It is noted that when we have good physical health we have more self-esteem, self-control, determination, and sense of direction (UC-Berkeley Living Well). Middlebury College and and our surrounding spectacular natural setting provide numerous programs, facilities, and opportunities for good physical health.
Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP)
The College's Employee and Family Assistance Plan provides confidential counseling and referral services to reduce stress and improve the quality of life for employees. The EFAP provides confidential assessment and referral services, and short-term counseling to help you and your household members work through life's challenges.
Middlebury College Health and Welfare Benefit Plan
This plan offers medical, dental, life, supplemental life, long-term disability, short-term disability, and health care and dependent care flexible spending accounts. For full details, see our Human Resources Benefits page.
Optimal Health Initiative Programs
The Optimal Health Initiative Committee (OHIC) is currently a committee of college staff that organize and advertises a wide range of health related offerings and programs open to all faculty and staff. These include a full range of exercise classes (including Zumba classes) to programs on smoking cessation, home gardening, and Weight Watchers.
To be truly healthy, we must take care of our body, mind, and heart. A great yoga class should leave you feeling cleansed and energized, clear-headed, warm-hearted, and very relaxed. Local instructors Joanna Colwell and James Papiano offer a series of classes for faculty and staff on campus.
Pilates, Tai Chi, Caipoera, and Aikido Classes
Middlebury College's Dance Program and faculty connected with local martial arts clubs offer you additional movement classes and opportunities.
Chessy Kelley, who leads a series of faculty and staff meditation classes, has been studying and practicing Tibetan Buddhism since she was 18. She enjoys leading meditation for people of all ages and faiths to help bring about inner peace and well-being. As The 14th Dalai Lama says, meditation is essential to developing peace of mind and a good heart.
Committee on Campus Stress
This committee of faculty, staff, and students was formed to promote awareness and discussion about ways in which members of the Middlebury community can mitigate and manage the stresses that students experience. Our goals include an examination of the structural elements of campus living and learning that contribute to stress, what we might do to change these elements, and how we can encourage effective, healthy, personal stress management discussion, education and awareness about this topic on campus by developing an educational program that is academic and evidence-based in nature. Our goal is to encourage personal growth/awareness skills in conjunction with the academically-focused educational opportunities.
Middlebury College Athletic Facilities
Middlebury's well‑maintained playing fields and outstanding athletic facilities rank among the best in the country, and they are open for a wide range of hours to fit your needs. Middlebury faculty and staff also have access to the Middlebury College Snow Bowl, the Rikert Ski Touring Center, and the Ralph Myhre Golf Course. College employees are also eligible for certain discounts at the ski and golf facilities. For additional information on facility locations, parking, reservations, and locker & equipment rental, click here.
College Bike Shop & Annual Bike Sales
The Middlebury Bike Shop is a student-run, college-owned facility dedicated to promoting cycling on campus and teaching bicycle maintenance. It is open to all members of the Middlebury College community. The bike shop offers a bike rental program and assists with an annual sale of bikes that have been abandoned on campus.
Some Starter Resources for Outdoor Pursuits
The Trail Around Middlebury (TAM) is a 16-mile footpath that encircles the village of Middlebury and links several hundred acres of town land, conserved properties, schools, and other local landmarks. Consider running, walking, or biking part of the TAM as a team during their annual fall fundraiser, the TAM-Trek.
Spirit in Nature, just outside of Ripton, VT, is a place of interconnecting paths where people of diverse spiritual traditions may walk, worship, meet, meditate, and promote education and action toward better stewardship of Earth.