Health, Wellness & Fitness

At Grinnell, we want to make it easy for you to make healthy choices. From fun workout classes to food, we’ll give you lots of great options — and the resources to look for more.

Staying Active

Sixty percent of Grinnell students join either varsity or club sports teams, but you don’t need to be an athlete to make the most of the fitness facilities. The recently completed Charles Benson Bear ’39 Recreation and Athletic Center offers a 50-meter pool, 8,000-square-foot fitness center, climbing wall, and racquetball courts. Interested in trying something new? We offer dozens of physical education activity classes ranging from badminton to scuba diving.

You can take your adventures off campus, too; through the Grinnell Outdoor Recreation Program, you can do anything from check out cross-country skis or other equipment to sign up for a weekend canoe trip.

Beyond Exercise

Here are some more wellness resources:

  • Wellness programming addresses everything from sleep management to sexual health. You also can take free wellness classes including Zumba, yoga, and jujitsu.
  • Stress management activities sponsored by student groups include a temporary on-campus petting zoo, where you can go for a little well-timed animal affection, during finals week.
  • Marketplace Dining offers lots of healthy eating options, with a daily salad bar, vegetarian and vegan options, and fresh whole fruits (and maybe an occasional ice cream cone, too).
  • A consulting dietitian provides regular programming and displays to help you learn more.
  • Student Health and Counseling Services office can help you get healthy fast when you’re feeling under the weather. The office also helps students suffering with anxiety, depression, and other issues.