Physical Wellness

Updated: Jan 5, 2021

Recognizing the need for physical activity, healthy foods, and sleep.

Additional university resources on health and wellness are available at and on Instagram @jhuwellness.

Campus and Safety Resources

Corporate Security, Parking & Transportation
  • Supports getting to and around the JH Medicine campuses and offers a range of services to ensure a safe and stress-free work and school environment.
Sexual Assault Hotline and Support
  • Johns Hopkins University is committed to promoting a safe and supportive environment for each and every member of our community. If you have experienced sexual misconduct, we urge you to reach out for support and medical care. We also stand ready to assist you if you would like to file a report with JHU and/or local law enforcement.
University Health Services
  • Call UHS to make an appointment to see a primary care or mental health clinician. The UHS Benefits Office can also help if you have questions about a bill, your benefits as a student or trainee, or your Student Health Program insurance.
JHU Wellness Website
  • Your single destination for student wellness resources, news, and events available across Johns Hopkins University.
Breastfeeding Support
  • Johns Hopkins provides access to mother's rooms as well as resources and information for mothers who choose to breastfeed after returning to work or school.
Disability Support Services MILES Committee (formerly Office of the Ombuds)
  • This site provides an avenue for medical students to learn about and report mistreatment. It also provides links for other SOM students and trainees to report mistreatment.
LGBTQ Life at Hopkins
  • LGBTQ Life serves the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and allied community at Johns Hopkins. Their website provides information on JHU and community resources.
Motivational Interviewing Sessions on Marijuana Use Available to All Students and Trainees

If you looking for support to change your marijuana use or learn more about its role in your life, we are here to help. You can set up a meeting with JHU's Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Education Specialist to talk about your marijuana use. These motivational interviewing sessions are private. The conversations will center around your goals for use and other parts of your life. Sessions are nonjudgmental, goal focused, and educational. You should leave feeling empowered to make the choices you think best fit your lifestyle. All Johns Hopkins students and trainees are welcome to meet with the AOD Education Specialist, free of charge. Schedule an appointment here.

Fitness and Nutrition

Healthy Cooking Classes
  • Cooking Across Cultures is a program to celebrate the cultural diversity within our Hopkins community through cooking classes led by fellow peers from different backgrounds. Students and trainees gather together (virtually) to learn how to cook delicious and nutritious dishes from different cuisines.
Yoga Resources
  • Virtual Yoga with Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health: Fridays 9-10 am. See our calendar for details and Zoom meeting information.
  • HAPPY Yoga (Hopkins Association of People Practicing Yoga): Meets on Sundays via Zoom for an hour-long Vinyasa flow. Zoom meeting info and cancellations will be announced weekly through the Live Well List Serv. Subscribe to the listserv here (subscribe button on left-hand menu).
  • Gentle Yoga and Well-Being Class: Meets on Thursdays at 6:30 pm. This weekly slow flow yoga class will deepen understanding of foundational poses and breathing exercises. All levels are welcome. See our calendar for details and Zoom meeting information.
Denton A. Cooley Center
  • Features personal training, group classes, a women’s weight room, and intramural team sports. A satellite center is on the 9th floor of the School of Public Health. You can also visit the Cooley Center YouTube channel for on-demand classes.
Bayview Fitness Center
  • Classes and equipment in the Mason F. Lord building on the Bayview Campus
O'Connor Recreation Center @ JHU Homewood
  • Fitness center with a climbing wall and bouldering cave. Membership is separate from Cooley Center membership.
  • Virtual fitness classes are free to all students and trainees. You can also get the JH Rec app in your apple store or Google Play store and get free access to JH Recreation Classes.
Hopkins Marathon Team
  • Running group open to all levels of runners and which organizes two weekly group runs, structured training plans, social events and camaraderie to help you achieve your fitness goals.
Monday Mile Walks
  • Join the Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion in a one-mile walk around campus (indoors or outdoors if the weather permits) at 1 pm every Monday.
  • This program is currently suspended due to COVID-19.

Sleep Resources

Healthy Sleep

Sleep is not a luxury, but a basic human need. Getting good sleep is a common challenge, and you are not alone if you are struggling to get enough rest. Below are some resources for improving your sleep, as well as recognizing when to see a sleep specialist for more help.

Johns Hopkins Sleep Resources

Additional Reference Articles

Johns Hopkins Sleep Better Series
  • The Sleep Better series provides helpful information, resources, and tools to address common sleep issues and get a more restful night's sleep.
Online Sleep Resources
  • The JHU Counseling Center at Homewood compiled a list of apps, videos and other online resources for better sleep.
Guided Meditations for Better Sleep
  • These meditations are free to stream and offer 5 different approaches for falling asleep and staying asleep.

Community Resources

Resources for People Experiencing Food Insecurity
  • 211 Food Resources connects to food assistance programs in Baltimore and Maryland by calling 211 or by going to the linked webpage, which has lists of locations to pick up groceries. A number of new programs are available for people experiencing COVID-19 related hardships, including grocery delivery boxes.
  • Food Rescue Baltimore offers fresh food pickups around the city each weekday.
  • Maryland Food Bank's website lists places to find food near your zip code.
  • City Seeds, just north of JHMI, offers occasional food distributions.
Free or low-cost Baltimore-area Fitness and Physical Activity Resources

Also check out this page for more information about Baltimore-area outdoor activities and groups for like-minded fitness enthusiasts (hikers, pick-up soccer, climbing, kayaking, etc.)

Online Resources