Physical Well-being

Physical well-being is the ability to take care of your body in a way that maximizes optimal health over a sustained period of time.


Physical Well-being Resources

Campus Recreation

Group Fitness

With a wide variety of classes to choose from, GW Group Fitness will help you stay motivated, increase energy levels, and have more fun with your workouts.

Intramural & Club Sports

Intramural sports enable students to reap the health and wellness benefits of athletic competition. Club sports are registered student organizations established by students who are motivated by a common interest to participate in a specific sport.

YouTube Channel

Access over 100 group fitness classes, workshops, and how-to's from GW Campus Recreation.

Colonial Health Center

Health Insurance

Visit the health insurance website for questions regarding the Student Health Insurance Plan.

Medical Care

Call (202) 994-5300 to make a telehealth appointment with the Colonial Health Center for:

Psychiatric Care

Call (202) 994-5300 to make a telehealth appointment regarding psychiatric services with the Colonial Health Center.

Dining Services

Learn how to manage your dining plan, find vendors partnered with GW, and learn more about healthy nutrition.

Dietitian Services

Have a food allergy, dietary restriction, or question about eating nutritiously on campus? Connect with Samantha Baker, GW's registered dietitian!

The Store, GW's Food Pantry

Sign up to access The Store, GW's student-run food pantry. The Store provides resources and support for students living with food insecurity, including pantry staples, interview clothing, toiletries, menstrual hygiene products, school supplies, and more. All GW students may sign up to receive access.

DC Eating Disorder Support Groups

Eating Disorder Hope has compiled a comprehensive list of information on Washington D.C. eating disorder support groups.

Healthy Sexuals

Find organizations in your area that give away free sexual health barriers, LGBTQ-friendly doctors, STI testing locations, and more.


MyPlate offers ideas and tips to help you create a healthier eating style that meets your individual needs and improves your health.

Power To Decide

Explore fun and accurate information about sexual health, relationships, and contraception. Use Power to Decide's tools and apps to discover the birth control that’s right for you and where to find it.

Self-Help Tools

Eating Disorder Support

Support Forums

The National Eating Disorders Association's support forums provide safe spaces for individuals to discuss with other people experiencing the same issues.

Learn More: Forums

Intuitive Eating Tips

Intuitive Eating Tips

Intuitive eating is a non-diet approach to eating that encourages you to make peace with all types of food, listen to your body, and eat what feels right for you.

Learn More: Intuitive Eating

MyPlate Tools

MyPlate Tools

Use these fun tools to test your knowledge, build nutrition skills, and make a healthy eating plan for yourself.

Learn More: MyPlate

Sleep Cycle App

Sleep Cycle App

Sleep Cycle analyzes your sleep and wakes you up at the most appropriate time in your sleep cycle so you can feel less groggy waking up.

Learn More: Sleep Cycle


Consider the following podcasts to further explore physical well-being topics that interest you!

April 10, 2019

In this #hurdlemoment, Emily Abbote shares her tried-and-true tips on how to start running—and stay running. “I totally understand why you might feel intimidated. Picking up any new hobby can definitely feel overwhelming. The good news? With the right attitude, you too will be crushing morning miles in no time.”


The Body Image Podcast is a podcast about body image and the many layers that go into making peace with our bodies. Podcast host, Non-Diet Registered Dietitian and Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, Corinne Dobbas, MS, RD, talks with guests to help unpack these layers while discussing what positive body image means and looks like in real life.

Episode 1102 | August 31, 2020

Bret Gornik and Jason Loebig of LiveBetterCo discuss the social pressures tied to eating and how to combat them.

Listen to Optimal Health Daily

Insomnia? Mind racing at night? Worries keeping you up? Tune in for a bedtime story that lets you forget your problems and puts you to sleep.

Listen to Sleep With Me

April 1, 2020

Sharing wisdom and debunking myths, sleep scientist Matt Walker discusses the impact of sleep on mind and body and details practices you can start (and stop) doing tonight to get some rest.

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