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Health and Wellness

Supporting neighborhood health and wellness is at the heart of the Dornsife Center’s mission. With a focus on health information and resources along with health-promoting activities, we are especially interested in the ways the health of a community intersects with housing, employment, and education. We support neighborhood wellness through dance and movement classes, workshops about interpersonal relationships and behavioral health, and food and nutrition related programming.


Make Autumn Chili with our Community Chef Brian Lofink



Drexel's College of Nursing and Health Professions offers the Community Wellness Hub. A set of health promotion programs guided by direct community input, CNHP students work directly with residents to support needs around nutrition, chronic conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure, and behavioral health.


Drexel's Department of Culinary Arts and Food Science offers cooking workshops with Community Chef Brian Lofink as well as more in-depth Side-by-Side culinary arts courses focusing on topics like family food traditions and healthy cooking techniques. The student-led Drexel Urban Growers manages our shared garden and welcomes anybody who would like to join in on harvest days: help with garden maintenance, weeding, watering, and harvesting, and take home a bag of fresh produce. 


Our monthly community dinners are free and family-friendly. We offer a great meal, a celebration of local artists, opportunities for fellowship and connections with members of our shared community, and a book exchange. Everybody is welcome.


We promote life-long movement and mobility in partnership with Drexel's Department of Performing Arts, who provide dance classes for ages 4 and up: creative movement, ballet, modern dance and choreography, and fitness for adults. The Drexel Recreation Center together with Drexel's Tae Kwon Do club offer martial arts classes for youth ages 7 - 18.