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Upstate Wellness Programs

Wellness Programs and Initiatives

Pathway to Wellness programming through Upstate Well focuses on these pillars of wellness: social, physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual.

Pathway to Wellness is meant to provide a platform that offers the Upstate community (employees and learners) opportunities to fulfil their wellness journey. Please also refer to the weekly announcements posted through Upstate Announcements, the Wellness Events Calendar, and flyers delivered monthly to each department for additional programming information, wellness initiatives, events and resources.

Please contact Christine Podolak, Wellness Program Coordinator, with any questions.

Current Programs & Initiatives

Wellness Speaks: 10 @10

The Wellness Speaks: 10@10 program provides a virtual platform for experts to speak about important wellness topics with the Upstate community. You are invited to tune in monthly in order to

  1. increase awareness and understanding about important wellness topics, and
  2. to learn strategies for improving one’s own health and sense of well-being.

Wellness Speaks: 10@10 Program

All presentations will be recorded. For more information, email Christine Podolak. Program details will be posted via Upstate Announcements.

Monday Mile

The Monday Mile is a one-mile route mapped out as a way to increase physical activity and connection with others. Our Monday Mile locations are marked with signs that contain maps, directional arrows and distance markers so all you have to do is follow the signs. For more information visit healthymonday.syr.edu edu and the Walking Trails on Campus web page.

View the Upcoming Events calendar and Upstate Announcements for specific event details.

Tranquility Tuesdays

Tranquility Tuesday sessions are open to the Upstate community every Tuesday from 12:30 to 12:50 pm at the Nappi Wellness Institute, second floor stadium seating area or virtually. Each session is a unique meditation, mindfulness, deep breathing, and relaxation practice experience. Refer to Upstate Announcements and the Wellness Events Calendar for specific information.

Yoga for All

Yoga for All is co-facilitated by Upstate clinicians trained in Trauma Adapted Yoga. No experience necessary to join and all are welcome. For more information, email [email protected]. Program details are posted via Upstate Announcements and the Wellness Events Calendar.

Additional Programs

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Take The Stairs

Take the Stairs signage
Notice these signs near
elevators in the hospital as
reminders to take the stairs!

This program encourages everyone to get more activity into their day. Inactivity increases health risks. Taking the stairs is a great way to build more activity into your busy day.


Upstate Community Garden

Raised garden beds

The Upstate Community Garden was an initiative started through Upstate’s Sustainability Task Force in 2009. Now for more than a decade, students have been actively involved in maintaining the garden every year during summer. Any member of the Upstate community can get involved with the garden. For more information, email Anna Maria Hinman.

Meatless Monday

Logo for Meatless MondaysWe encourage people to add more vegetables and fruits to their diets. Monday is a great day to stop, think and choose healthy options for your heart and health. Meatless Monday options will be featured on Monday. Reset your intentions for your health on Monday.

Healthy Salad Bowl Luncheon

Healthy Salad Bowl Luncheon table

A "Healthy Salad Bowl Luncheon" is an easy way to organize a luncheon for a small or large group of people. Employees who want to participate are encouraged to bring an ingredient for a salad bar. Scheduled on a weekly or monthly basis, these are great ways to skip the fast foot lunch and have a healthy inexpensive lunch with co-workers. Here is a guide to planning your own Healthy Salad Bowl Luncheon .