USF Week of Wellness

Fun, friends and activity is focus of Week of Wellness.

Special to USF News

TAMPA, Fla. (Sept. 26, 2013) - The top three barriers to students’ success at the University of South Florida are stress, anxiety and sleep. With this evidence in mind, Wellness USF is launching its first Week of Wellness to communicate the physical, emotional, mental and academic benefits of exercise.

Slated from Sept. 30 – Oct. 3, the weeklong campaign begins with Healthy Monday Expo, providing ideas for healthy habits as well as games and prizes. Other events include ZumbaFest, Hula Hoop Challenge, Kickboxing class, and free canoeing at Riverfront Park.

“Students who feel well, do well,” says Stacey Pearson-Wharton, assistant vice president of health and wellness in Student Affairs. “Research shows fitness has a positive relationship with grade point average. Exercise can be more effective than antidepressants. Physical activity also improves mental acuity, memory and leads to better sleep. We want students to know how physical activity can help them in the classroom.”

A full list of events can be found at Stay updated via Twitter and Instagram @WellnessUSF and the hashtag #weekofwellness.

To learn about fitness programs at Campus Recreation visit:

Or watch a video about the benefits of small group exercise: