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Health and Wellness

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The Graduate College's health and wellness workshops cover a wide range of beneficial topics that provide useful information in a clear, concise, and educational approach. The purpose of these workshops is to help graduate students and postdocs to improve focus, decrease stress, increase energy, develop healthy habits and be more effective in their academic and professional pursuits.

2020-2021 Workshop Series

Wellness Weekdays LogoThe Graduate College of Drexel University presents Wellness Weekdays, a series of workshops which focus on wellness of the mind, body, and spirit for graduate students and postdocs. These sessions offer an opportunity for graduate students and postdocs to take a break from their academic pursuits, learn something new and engage with peers, faculty, and professional staff across the University.

Example Topics:

  • Mindful Mondays (& Fridays)
  • Tasteful Tuesdays
  • Warm-Up Wednesdays
  • Try a Talent Thursdays

Have ideas for future Wellness Weekdays session? Email us at

Fall Quarter 2020

See archived workshops from the Mindfulness Mini Series launched in December 2020 here.

Winter Quarter 2021

Tasteful Tuesday Pizza LogoTasteful Tuesday: Pizza Making & Culinary Workshop
Tuesday, January 26, 2021
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. EST
Virtual via Zoom

This Tasteful Tuesday will feature a pizza-making workshop with Rosemary Trout, DHSc, Assistant Clinical Professor and Program Director of Culinary Arts and Food Science and Chef Rich Pepino, Executive Chef of the Food and Hospitality Management program. Join us for a live cooking class via Zoom and follow along to make your own pizza from scratch! The recipe will be provided to registrants in advance. Our guests will also answer your burning culinary and food science questions.

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Warm-up Wednesday LogoWarm-Up Wednesday: Yoga for Anxiety
Wednesday, February 3, 2021
2:15 - 3:00 p.m. EST
Virtual via Zoom

This Warm-Up Wednesday will feature a gentle yoga and breathing class, a hands-on movement experience. Drexel's Human Resources Wellness Administrator, Monica Fauble, as well as licensed acupuncturist and yoga instructor, will lead you through a series of stretches and breathing practices that can be done in your own space. Monica will also lead attendees through guided breathwork, meditation, and grounding exercises which you can use any time to help you destress and reset throughout the day.

Recommended Attire: Something you can move in. Avoid wearing tight or restrictive clothing if you wish to fully participate.

Level: All bodies and fitness levels are welcome to attend this class. We will offer variations of each posture to help you modify the activities based on your needs and abilities.

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plate of foodTasteful Tuesday: The MIND-ful Diet to Boost Brain Power
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. EST
Virtual via Zoom

This Tasteful Tuesday offers an opportunity for attendees to learn about the general principles of the MIND Diet presented by:

Heather Krick, MS, RDN, CSOWM, LDN, CBC, PhD student in Health Sciences
Cynthia Klobodu, MPH, PhD student in Nutrition Sciences
Dahlia Stott, BS, PhD student in Nutrition Sciences

Under the mentorship of:

Jonathan Deutsch, PhD, CHE, CRC
Professor in the Department of Food and Hospitality Management and Nutrition Sciences
Director of the Drexel Food Core Lab

& Brandy-Joe Milliron, PhD
Associate Professor in the Nutrition Sciences Department
Co-Chair of the College of Nursing and Health Professions Academic Affairs Committee

The MIND Diet is a strategy that can help individuals improve their dietary intake and maintain alert and focused thinking. The MIND diet is a combination of the Mediterranean and DASH diets and includes many nutrients that promote good brain health, possibly by reducing oxidative stress and inflammation. Attendees will learn how to identify healthy meals and create daily menus based on these recommendations.

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students hugging themselvesMindfulness Friday: Loving Yourself Isn’t SelfishAn Introduction to Self-Compassion
Friday, March 12, 2021
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. EST
Virtual via Zoom

Join us for this interactive Mindfulness Friday workshop with Michele D. Rattigan, MA, ATR-BC, NCC, LPC, clinical associate professor in the Creative Arts Therapies department and Art Therapy and Counseling program at the College of Nursing and Health Professions, as she introduces self-compassion and its three fundamental aspects of mindfulness, common humanity, and kindness. Participants will learn how to invite more self-compassion into their lives. 


Self-compassion, or loving kindness for the self, is often a misunderstood concept. Some of these misconceptions include that it is selfish and centers self-care. However self-compassion extends beyond the self and cultivates our compassion for others. It can also promote stress management skills effectively reducing burnout, regulate our emotions, and nurture compassion satisfaction – the antithesis of compassion fatigue. 


Michele RattiganPresenter Bio: Michele Rattigan (personal pronouns: she/her) is a registered, board-certified art therapist, nationally certified/licensed professional counselor, and clinical associate professor in the Creative Arts Therapies Department, Art Therapy and Counseling program at Drexel’s College of Nursing and Health Professions (CNHP). She is also a proud 1996 alumna the program, one of the first master’s level art therapy programs in the world. 

Michele has been making art for as long as she can remember, but it was not until a painting session in 2014 when she had an awakening to her own painting process and its mindfulness qualities. Much of what she had been facilitating with clients in her art therapy practice also mirrored mindfulness qualities such as promoting present moment awareness without judgement and with acceptance through kinesthetic and sensory aspects of paint and pastel mediums. From this discovery, Michele explored the intersection of art, art therapy, and mindfulness practices to develop Painted Meditation workshops which have been offered in clinical, educational, organizational, and community settings with both artist and non-artist populations. 

In 2019, Michele returned to Drexel as a student in the CNHP Doctor of Heath Sciences program where she is researching the role of self-compassion in clinical education to inform clinical practice and pedagogy in the nursing and health professions.


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women stretching in chairWarm-Up Wednesday: Empowered by Posture
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
1:30 - 2:15 p.m. EDT
Virtual via Zoom

Graduate students have a lot on their plate and finding balance can be challenging. The same can be said about finding balancing within our bodies and minds. Studies have shown that our physical posture has a direct effect on our daily wellness (mental, physical, and emotional) and poor posture can lead to instability in mood, lack of motivation, and inhibition of higher-level cognition. 


This Warm-Up Wednesday will feature an introduction to the benefits of proper posture to enhance your overall wellness and performance.


Steven Westbrook, Coordinator of Fitness and Wellness programming at the Drexel Recreation Center, will share micro-adjustments you can make to increase your energy and focus every day.


Bio: Steven Westbrook is currently the Coordinator of Fitness and Wellness programming at Drexel Recreation Center. His primary role is creating an environment of holistic and psychodynamic focused wellness at the recreation center. Psychology, Biochemistry, and Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience has been at the core of his education and research endeavors, and prior to coming to Drexel he worked for the City of Philadelphia as Community Wellness Educator. Working with the city, he brought fun and educational fitness and wellness information to low-income communities. He has partnered with the Greater Philadelphia YMCA to establish “Y Without Walls,” an expansive wellness program benefitting families across the Greater Philadelphia area. Steven is passionate about wellness and excited to help you on your journey.


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Accommodation Requests

If you have a documented disability and would like to request accommodations, please contact Disability Resources at 215.895.1401 or We greatly appreciate 72 hours of advance notice for these requests.

More Events

For more professional development workshops, click on the topics in the left-hand menu or visit our Events page for a complete list of events for graduate students and postdocs.