GVSU Recreation & Wellness

GVSU Recreation & Wellness Stay connected with Recreation & Wellness and the Athletic and Recreation Facilities at GVSU. For Recreation & Wellness programs and services, visit gvsu.edu/rec For Rec Center or Kelly Family Sports Center hours, visit gvsu.edu/sportsfacilities
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Campus Recreation is part of the Division of Student Affairs at GVSU. We enhance and engage the GVSU community by providing inclusive and diverse recreational opportunities that inspire participation, promote health and well-being, and encourage student development and success. We offer something for everyone; including Club Sports, Fitness Services (personal training, small group training), Intramural Sports, Outdoor Adventures (bike shop, climbing center, trips, workshops), Wellness Activities (massage therapy, nutrition services), and Special Events (5Ks, other annual events). The department of Athletic and Recreation Facilities oversees the athletic and recreation facilities. They are responsible for student staffing of the Aquatic Center, Climbing Center, Kelly Family Sports Center, and Recreation Center, in addition to scheduling, operating hours, and equipment within all Athletic and Recreation Facilities. The Rec Center is FREE to all students registered for one or more credits, all faculty, and all staff of GVSU, as well as qualified alumni and their immediate families. Student, faculty, and staff may use the facilities with an eligible GVSU ID. Alumni and community members must purchase a membership to receive an eligible ID. Make your time at Grand Valley healthy, fun, and memorable by taking advantage of a wide variety of recreational, wellness, competitive, and educational resources that support your physical and mental well-being.

Mission: To enhance and engage the GVSU community by providing inclusive and diverse recreational opportunities that inspire participation, promote health and wellbeing, and encourage student development and success.

Happy #ThrowbackThursday πŸ’™ Check out this picture of campus from the 1960s! Comment your guess of what building this is!...
12/05/2019

Happy #ThrowbackThursday πŸ’™ Check out this picture of campus from the 1960s! Comment your guess of what building this is! #TBT

"A lot of my success with fitness was to reduce my stress levels and help with back/neck issues from high school sports....
12/03/2019

"A lot of my success with fitness was to reduce my stress levels and help with back/neck issues from high school sports. The expansion of the Rec Center after my freshman year really helped with crowding with free weights, so we didn't have to wait in a line to get in the weight room. Now that I have a full-time job post grad, it's still an important aspect of my weekly routine."-Conrad #GVRecWell

#GivingTuesday is finally here! Support RecWell programs and services, give to scholarship funds, or choose any of our 5...
12/03/2019
Give Back - Recreation & Wellness - Grand Valley State University

#GivingTuesday is finally here! Support RecWell programs and services, give to scholarship funds, or choose any of our 50+ club sports to support at gvsu.edu/rec/give ☺️ Or... share your REC story at gvsu.edu/rec/stories for a chance to win a #GVRecWell t-shirt & some other goodies! #GVLakerEffect #LakersHelpingLakers

GET INVOLVED. BE ACTIVE. LIVE HEALTHY

A little #MotivationMonday for ya... while it's cold, we're already thinking about SPRING BREAK! Join us in Moab, Utah f...
12/02/2019

A little #MotivationMonday for ya... while it's cold, we're already thinking about SPRING BREAK! Join us in Moab, Utah for 2 trip options - backpacking & hiking or climbing! It seems far away, but early bird registration ends Dec 13. More info and registration at https://bit.ly/2KQYUEU β˜€οΈπŸŽ’#GVgetOA

City again offering winter recreation at Indian Trails Golf Course
12/02/2019
City again offering winter recreation at Indian Trails Golf Course

City again offering winter recreation at Indian Trails Golf Course

The City of Grand Rapids again will offer winter recreation at its Indian Trails Golf Course. Winter activities at the golf course, 2776 Kalamazoo Ave. SE, begin Dec. 14 and include fat tire cycling, cross country skiing and snowshoeing.

Today is World Aids Day. On Mon 12/2, the Ottawa County Health Department will host free HIV testing from 2-4pm in the K...
12/01/2019

Today is World Aids Day. On Mon 12/2, the Ottawa County Health Department will host free HIV testing from 2-4pm in the Kirkhof Center Lobby. Come alone or bring a friend to get tested. #GVWellness

Join our dietitians on Mon, Dec 2 from 9-11am at the Lobby Shop in Kirkhof to chat about nutrition habits to boost your ...
11/30/2019

Join our dietitians on Mon, Dec 2 from 9-11am at the Lobby Shop in Kirkhof to chat about nutrition habits to boost your brain power 🧠 Free brain food sampling! #GVExamCram #GVWellness @gvsufood

It's #BlackFriday, so we're giving away prizes! Head over to Instagram and follow @GVSURecreation to learn how you can w...
11/29/2019

It's #BlackFriday, so we're giving away prizes! Head over to Instagram and follow @GVSURecreation to learn how you can win! πŸ˜πŸ‘ Good luck! #GVRecWell #LakerStrong

11/27/2019
How to Use the Agility Ladder

It may be Thanksgiving break, but it's still important to stay active when you can. Eat some, then move some πŸ€— To recreate the agility ladder exercise at home, use tape to make a ladder pattern and you have a ladder! #GVFitness #WorkoutWednesday

BYOB Climbing Competition 2019
11/27/2019

BYOB Climbing Competition 2019

What better way to introduce and welcome Katie, our new Student Health Promotions Coordinator, than by sharing her #GVRe...
11/26/2019

What better way to introduce and welcome Katie, our new Student Health Promotions Coordinator, than by sharing her #GVRecwell story! 🀩

β€œRecreation & Wellness takes so many forms and pursuing a lifestyle of health and well-being has afforded me so many opportunities to be an adventurer. As a new GVSU staff member, Recreation & Wellness gives me an opportunity to connect with students. In my role of coordinating health and wellness initiatives on campus, I want to be sure that student wants and needs are driving the initiatives throughout the university, and what better way to find out their wants and needs than by connecting with them and asking." -Katie #GVRecFam

11/26/2019

Because we're thankful for you... all group exercise classes are FREE tomorrow, Tues Nov 26 (except Zumba in HHLC at 9:15pm is cancelled). See you tomorrow 😍 #GVFitness #GVWellness

This is Kaylee; Kaylee received the 2018-19 Recreation Leadership Endowed Scholarship! She is majoring in Psychology wit...
11/25/2019

This is Kaylee; Kaylee received the 2018-19 Recreation Leadership Endowed Scholarship! She is majoring in Psychology with a minor in Spanish, is a Sports Program Supervisor for GVSU Recreation and Wellness, and serves as an RA with @gvsu.housing. Consider donating on #GivingTuesday to support Lakers like Kaylee in pursuing their dreams 🀩 #MotivationMonday #LakersHelpingLakers #GVRecWell

We're going to miss you, but we'll have shortened Rec Center hours over Thanksgiving Break! Enjoy your time off, Lakers ...
11/25/2019

We're going to miss you, but we'll have shortened Rec Center hours over Thanksgiving Break! Enjoy your time off, Lakers πŸ¦ƒ

Introducing our Fall 2019 Ultimate Frisbee Champs πŸ† Congratulations to We Swing Both Ways! #GVIMSports
11/22/2019

Introducing our Fall 2019 Ultimate Frisbee Champs πŸ† Congratulations to We Swing Both Ways! #GVIMSports

Last week, James Cummings stopped by the Rec Center to play basketball with #GVSU students. James is known for visiting ...
11/22/2019

Last week, James Cummings stopped by the Rec Center to play basketball with #GVSU students. James is known for visiting colleges across the country to play HORSE, and…. he beat some of our RecWell student staff! πŸ€πŸ˜… Learn more about James' inspiring story at https://bit.ly/2CLPZjN #FitnessFriday

Lights out, phone off! πŸ’‘πŸ“± The blue light emitted from smartphones disrupts production of melatonin, the sleep hormone, m...
11/22/2019
Blue light has a dark side - Harvard Health

Lights out, phone off! πŸ’‘πŸ“± The blue light emitted from smartphones disrupts production of melatonin, the sleep hormone, making it difficult for you to get a good nights rest. To improve the quality of your sleep, shut off your phone 30-60 minutes before bedtime. Sweet dreams, Lakers 😴 #GVWellness https://bit.ly/2LKVXI1

Light at night is bad for your health, and exposure to blue light emitted by electronics and energy-efficient lightbulbs may be especially so. At night, light throws the body's biological clockβ€”the circadian rhythmβ€”out of whack. Sleep...

11/21/2019
GVSU Student Life

Welcome, President Mantella πŸ’™βš“οΈ #GVLakerEffect

A new president and a new chapter at GVSU. This is Philly’s story.

Check out Kieran Loughrin, a member of Vertical Earth Climbing Club, climbing the Red River Gorge in Kentucky during Roc...
11/21/2019

Check out Kieran Loughrin, a member of Vertical Earth Climbing Club, climbing the Red River Gorge in Kentucky during Rocktoberfest earlier this Fall! πŸ‚ #GVGetOA #TBT #ThrowbackThursday

Need some advice on how to keep up with good nutrition habits? Come see our dietician, Lori, to help you achieve your nu...
11/20/2019

Need some advice on how to keep up with good nutrition habits? Come see our dietician, Lori, to help you achieve your nutrition goals. For students, it's only $15 for 3 sessions! Contact Fitness and Wellness Services at (616) 331-3659 or [email protected] to set up an appointment. Happy snacking! πŸ‰ πŸ‹ #WellnessWednesday #GVFitness

Join us for the Get Sex[Ed] Resource Fair on Nov 25 from 6-8pm in the Pere Marquette Room in the Kirkhof Center. Get you...
11/20/2019

Join us for the Get Sex[Ed] Resource Fair on Nov 25 from 6-8pm in the Pere Marquette Room in the Kirkhof Center. Get your tested, find other testing locations, and learn more at gvsu.edu/studentwellness/gyt #GYT #WellnessWednesday

Thanks to @spolympicsmi for supporting our Unified Sports program this Fall! We had so much learning more about flag foo...
11/19/2019

Thanks to @spolympicsmi for supporting our Unified Sports program this Fall! We had so much learning more about flag football with you 🏈 #GVIMSports #ChooseToInclude @SpecialOlympics

"Participating in Recreation & Wellness programs allows me to take a break from studying and enjoy a run around the trac...
11/19/2019

"Participating in Recreation & Wellness programs allows me to take a break from studying and enjoy a run around the track or a cardio workout downstairs. I also love cheering on my friends at IM games. It is important to weave healthy actions into our lives as college students and I use the recreation and wellness center to do so." -Taylor #GVRecWell

And the rest of the Fall 2019 Intramural Soccer Champs... congrats to Team Panda, who took 1st in our Women's League, an...
11/19/2019

And the rest of the Fall 2019 Intramural Soccer Champs... congrats to Team Panda, who took 1st in our Women's League, and HHLC, who won our Housing League ⚽☝️ #GVIMSports

#GivingTuesday is less than a month away! This globally recognized day is the kick off to the charitable season where ma...
11/18/2019
Give Back - Recreation & Wellness - Grand Valley State University

#GivingTuesday is less than a month away! This globally recognized day is the kick off to the charitable season where many are motivated to give back. One of the best ways to get involved is in your own community. Support Recreation & Wellness programs, services, and events, or give back to support scholarships for recreation students at GVSU ☺️ Find funds or learn more at gvsu.edu/rec/give #GVRecWell #LakersHelpingLakers

GET INVOLVED. BE ACTIVE. LIVE HEALTHY

"Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt." -John Muir 🌲 Happy #NationalTakeAHikeDay! Where i...
11/17/2019

"Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt." -John Muir 🌲 Happy #NationalTakeAHikeDay! Where is your favorite place to go hiking? #GVGetOA

11/15/2019
Recipe | Curried Butternut Squash

As the snow keeps falling, enjoy this delicious recipe to cozy up with: Curried Butternut Squash πŸ˜‹ (Cozy sweater and fuzzy socks optional.) #GVWellness #Nutrition

Congrats to the Fall 2019 Intramural Soccer Champs - Foreign Legion (Men's) & Goal Diggers (Co-Rec) βš½πŸ†#GVIMSports
11/15/2019

Congrats to the Fall 2019 Intramural Soccer Champs - Foreign Legion (Men's) & Goal Diggers (Co-Rec) βš½πŸ†#GVIMSports

#Throwback to midterms, when we hosted Candlelight Yoga for the first time ever - and it was AWESOME! πŸ•―οΈ Thank you to ev...
11/14/2019

#Throwback to midterms, when we hosted Candlelight Yoga for the first time ever - and it was AWESOME! πŸ•―οΈ Thank you to everyone who joined us! #GVFitness #GVWellness

Why are you well? 😎#GVWellness #WellnessWednesday gvsu.edu/studentwellness
11/13/2019

Why are you well? 😎#GVWellness #WellnessWednesday gvsu.edu/studentwellness

Today and every day, choose kindness. Happy #WorldKindnessDay! πŸ’™
11/13/2019

Today and every day, choose kindness. Happy #WorldKindnessDay! πŸ’™

"When I started school at Grand Valley, I became more interested in fitness and creating a balanced lifestyle. Working o...
11/12/2019

"When I started school at Grand Valley, I became more interested in fitness and creating a balanced lifestyle. Working out everyday has became the best stress relief for me and provides "me time" for me away from school work. My involvement in Recreation & Wellness has allowed me to meet so many more people that love to workout as much as I do!" -Cassie #GVRecWell

President Mantella wants to celebrate the next chapter of #GVSU and share her vision for our future with YOU! Don’t miss...
11/12/2019

President Mantella wants to celebrate the next chapter of #GVSU and share her vision for our future with YOU! Don’t miss one of these 4 opportunities (both downtown and in Allendale)! Get a free t-shirt and enjoy cookies! 🀩 Also, don't forget that Fri 11/15 at 11am is the Investiture Ceremony, followed by a FREE campus-wide lunch!

Juice less, eat more! Juicing fruits and vegetables removes the fiber, which the typical American diet lacks. Make it a ...
11/11/2019

Juice less, eat more! Juicing fruits and vegetables removes the fiber, which the typical American diet lacks. Make it a goal to get more whole fruits and vegetables into your diet, and challenge yourself to eat more than one serving a day. πŸ₯ πŸ₯•If you prefer drinking them... go for a smoothie, which keeps the fiber while still being delicious πŸ˜‹ #GVWellness

Student Veterans of America at GVSU
11/08/2019

Student Veterans of America at GVSU

Meet President Mantella at the Student Celebrations!

President Mantella wants to celebrate the next chapter of Grand Valley State University and share her vision for the future with YOU! Don’t miss one of these four opportunities to meet and network with President Mantella during her Inauguration week! Mingle with President Philly, get a free t-shirt and enjoy a cookie.

President Mantella wants to celebrate the next chapter of Grand Valley State University and share her vision for the future with YOU! Don’t miss one of these four opportunities to meet and network with President Mantella during her Inauguration week! Mingle with President Philly, get a free t-shirt and enjoy a cookie.

Also, don’t forget, The President’s Investiture Ceremony and university-wide lunch on Friday, 11/15 at 11am in the Fieldhouse Arena.

❗❗You only have one more week to RSVP for the Wilderness First Responder (WFR) Certification Course! Certification is De...
11/08/2019

❗❗You only have one more week to RSVP for the Wilderness First Responder (WFR) Certification Course! Certification is Dec 14-18, but RSVP by Nov 14. Get the details and register at https://bit.ly/2BCyou7 #GVGetOA

We can't believe we're already talking about the New Year, but it's fast-approaching. Join us for the 2020 TREK100 Chall...
11/08/2019

We can't believe we're already talking about the New Year, but it's fast-approaching. Join us for the 2020 TREK100 Challenge, which begins on Jan 1. Compete against others (or simply make it a goal for yourself) to log 100 miles in 9 weeks - and earn a t-shirt and other prizes 🀩 Learn more and register at gvsu.edu/rec/newyear #GVRecTrek #GVWellness

#TBT to IM Softball this past Fall, when the weather was perfect ⚾ #GVIMSports
11/07/2019

#TBT to IM Softball this past Fall, when the weather was perfect ⚾ #GVIMSports

How do the words β€œhealthy living” make you feel? Your outlook on your healthy routine is influential on your success for...
11/06/2019
Blog - Recreation & Wellness - Grand Valley State University

How do the words β€œhealthy living” make you feel? Your outlook on your healthy routine is influential on your success for maintaining it 😏 Of course, if you truly love to workout and love to incorporate good nutrition in your diet, it will make it much easier to be successful. But, what if you don’t love it? How do you change your attitude toward healthy living? Read our full blog at gvsu.edu/rec/blog #GVFitness #GVWellness #WellnessWednesday

GET INVOLVED. BE ACTIVE. LIVE HEALTHY

Fruits and veggies come in almost all colors of the rainbow 🌈  These colors represent different phytochemicals and nutri...
11/06/2019

Fruits and veggies come in almost all colors of the rainbow 🌈 These colors represent different phytochemicals and nutrients that play a special role in your health. Check out these grocery shopping tips for including more color in your diet: https://bit.ly/2LTNjG6 #GVWellness

"I joined the AORE Campus Challenge and really enjoyed it! I participated because it seemed to be a good chance to get o...
11/05/2019

"I joined the AORE Campus Challenge and really enjoyed it! I participated because it seemed to be a good chance to get outside more and have a little friendly competition. This was definitely the most selfies I have ever taken, which was a fun change of pace! I really enjoyed the small push to go outside and unplug. It made me much more appreciative of the beautiful campus that we have, and really helped me de-stress and have something fun and constructive to focus on when I was bogged down with homework." -Clint, top performer in the #AORECampusChallenge #GVRecWell

Interested in what Outdoor Adventures programs and trips we have to offer next semester? Stop by our Winter Trip Info Ni...
11/04/2019

Interested in what Outdoor Adventures programs and trips we have to offer next semester? Stop by our Winter Trip Info Night on Nov 6 from 6-7p in the Fieldhouse Rm 16! Get info about spring break trips, Michigan IceFest, and learn how you can get signed up πŸ€— #GVGetOA

Did you know that optimism can help you live longer? It's been linked to having a healthier heart, warding off disease, ...
11/01/2019

Did you know that optimism can help you live longer? It's been linked to having a healthier heart, warding off disease, and lower blood pressure, and we're happy just thinking about that 😁 What are some things that make you smile, Lakers? #FactFriday #TGIF

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