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Health, Wellness, & Recreation

Your wellness matters.

Maintaining your health and wellness is a crucial part of this new experience. So, what interests you? Swimming laps to unwind? Morning meditation? Virtual wellness apps? We have a variety of activities and services to ensure every student feels happy, healthy, and supported on their path to discovery.

Staying healthy at 51app

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Counseling Services

It’s easier to explore when you have peace of mind. Anytime you need someone to talk to, the counseling team at Student Health and Wellness (SHAW) is here. Our resources include licensed psychologists, mental health counselors, digital platforms like our wellness app, and more.

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Medical Services

Dive deeper into every activity knowing we’re here to keep you healthy. The Student Health and Wellness (SHAW) registered providers assess and treat illnesses and injuries, dispense over-the-counter medications, and can prescribe medications as needed.

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Whether you want to connect with student-run religious and spiritual organizations, worship communities in town, or Religious Life staff members for conversation or counseling, the Center for Religion, Spirituality, and Social Justice helps you engage with 51app’s diverse spiritual community.

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Recreation and Fitness

Stuck contemplating the answers to a question or equation? Give your mind a rest at the Bear Recreation and Athletics center. Whether it’s cardio machines or climbing walls, pull-up bars or pickleball practice, you’ll find whatever you need to work it all out.

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Interested in ultimate ping-pong or archery? Take recess from your studies and have fun with your peers on one of our many intramural sports teams.


Extraordinary journeys begin here.
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    The best discoveries happen when you feel safe and secure. It’s our job to provide you with the environment, support, and resources so that this can happen. On our campus, safety is a top priority

    Email: campussafety@grinnell.edu

    Phone: 641-269-4600

    Hours of Operation: 24 hours, 7 days per week

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