Physical Wellness

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What is physical wellness?

Physical wellness promotes the proper care of our bodies for optimal health and daily functioning. There are many elements of physical wellness including fitness, nutrition, and sleep. Physical wellness is also concerned with being responsible for your own health care, addressing minor illnesses, and seeking medical attention when necessary. Physical wellness encourages balancing these elements to keep body and mind in good working condition, to limit fatigue as we move about our day.

The ability to recognize that our behaviors have a significant impact on our wellness and adopting healthful habits (routine check ups, a balanced diet, exercise, etc.) while avoiding destructive habits (tobacco, drugs, alcohol, etc.) will lead to optimal physical wellness.

While physical wellness can be difficult to maintain as we balance busy schedules, pressures, and commitments as graduate students, developing comprehensive physical wellness empowers us to be in tune with our body’s warning signs and set boundaries to make us more effective individuals. Other benefits of physical wellness often include enhanced self-esteem, psychological well-being, self-control, and a determined sense or direction. 


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Food and Diet

University Dining Nutrition Facts

Spend Smart. Eat Smart. – recipes, blog, and app that revolve around  eating healthy on a budget

Recipes and Tips for Healthy, Thrifty Meals – cookbook PDF by the USDA and Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion

FoodWIse – more resources for eating healthy on a budget

Dane County Farmers’ Market on the Square

Grocery Delivery Info:


Fitness, Parks, and Outdoor Activities

UW Madison Recreational Sports:



Running and cycling:


ACE Get Fit Fitness Tools and Calculators