Drake Wellness Center

Jana Peterson, Marty and Amy Wolff, (Biggest Loser contestants), and Johanna Determann at the Resolution Solution 2009 kick-off event.

113 Bell Center (1421 27th Street, Des Moines, IA 50311)

Drake Wellness provides programs for students, employees, and other members of the Drake community.  Learn more about our ongoing and individualized programs and our employee-specific services.

Upcoming Events

- Events with an * denotes that pre-registration is necessary.

This is How We Roll*

Foam rolling is a technique of self-myofascial release (SMR) to help relax muscles.  Muscles develop tightness and knots due to prolonged sitting, exercise and general tension and stress build-up.  During this workshop you will learn how to use a foam roller to reduce aches and pains, increase mobility and flexibility, and increase recovery of your muscles.  This workshop will be hands on and you will try some of the exercises presented.  We strongly advise you to wear comfortable clothing to this workshop. 

  • Date: Thursday, September 11
  • Time: 10:30 - 11:30 am
  • Location:  Multi-Purpose Room - Bell Center

Healthiest State Walk*

Over the past four years, hundreds of thousands of Iowans have taken great steps toward building a healthier Iowa by participating in the annual Healthiest State Walks.  Thanks to enthusiastic participation across the state, we've climbed from the 19th healthiest state to the top 10 in just 3 years!  State leaders, along with Drake Wellness, are once again calling upon Iowans to walk in October in support of the Healthiest State Initiative.  Participate in the fourth annual Healthiest State Walk on October 8!  Commit to walking 1k (about 12 minutes) with colleagues and students at the Drake University walk.  The walk will start at 12:15 pm at the East entrance to the Olmsted Center.  If you can't join us at that time - do something active that day and let us know about it!  A gift bag will be available to the first 100 people that attend the event including many freebies even a t-shirt!  Register and sign up today!  

  • Date: Wednesday, October 8
  • Time: 12:15 - 1:00 pm
  • Location:  East entrance to Olmsted (outdoors)

Monthly Motivator*

‌Stay on track with your wellness initiatives with this new program that focuses on a topic a month.  Sign up for 1 month or all 4!  Everyone that participates will receive an information sheet along with a tracking sheet to record your monthly challenge.  Please contact Jana Peterson for more details or to sign up.

  • September - Muscle Madness
  • October - Veggin' Out
  • November - Turn the Page
  • December - Common Cents

Walk Through History*

Do you love walking and want to learn more about our beautiful campus?  Do you already know a lot about our campus but need an excuse to cut loose from your desk for 90 minutes?  Are you interested in meeting new people on campus?  Do you have a competitive streak you can't wait to unleash?  Surely you answered yes to at least one of those questions!  If so, please join Drake Wellness for a fun, geocaching style walk on Tuesday, October 13 (Fall Break) from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm.  This walk will be done in teams of at least three and no more than five individuals.  You may assemble your own team or if you'd prefer, we can place you on a team.  Explore the great outdoors and this wonderful place we work all while getting several thousand steps in!  For more information or to register, email wellness@drake.edu.


Wellness Seminar Series*

Come to one or both of these sessions!  During the sessions you will have the opportunity to hear Drake Wellness staff or local experts present on various wellness related topics.  Please RSVP for the event wellness@drake.edu.  You are encouraged to bring your own lunch for the noon sessions.

  • Veggie Tales - Wednesday, October 1 from 2:00 - 3:00 pm in TBD

    With the recent shift from summer to fall, you might be wondering what produce is best at the market and grocer this time of year.  We all know that eating vegetables is important but sometimes those baby carrots and spinach salads get boring, right?  If you're looking to incorporate more vegetables into your meals and snacks, this seminar is for you!  Samples will be available for you to try!

  • Reclaim Your Holidays - Tuesday, November 18 from 10:00 am - 11:30 am in TBD

    Do you find you are getting stressed about the holidays and they aren't even here yet? Are you caught up in the shopping, wrapping, decorating, parties and lack of time that the holiday season presents?  If so, it is time to Reclaim your Holidays! Come to this seminar to learn how to make your holidays more meaningful and memorable and focus on what really matters most - to YOU! This seminar will include self-reflection and will be thought provoking.  You have the power to make your holidays a time of year worth remembering.  


It's A Wonderful Life!*

Why wait until January 1st to start working on your personal well-being when the time to get started is now! If you can establish healthy habits between November 2 and December 12, you'll be on your way to a healthier 2015 in no time.  This six-week program encompasses multiple dimensions of wellness, includes fun, hands-on activities, and there will be an opportunity to earn some pretty awesome prizes if we must say so ourselves!  For more information or to sign-up, please email johanna.determann@drake.edu.

  • Dates: November 3 - December 12


Our goal is to design, develop, and administer a wellness program that is based on the needs and interests of the Drake students, faculty, and staff. We are committed to improving your personal wellness by offering a variety of services and information. We look forward to the opportunity to help you in your pursuit of a healthier lifestyle!

Jana Peterson, Director of Wellness

Johanna Determann, Assistant Director of Wellness

University News
January 23, 2015
The Drake University Community Press and Chicago-based literary journal 3elements Review will sponsor an open-invitation “Story Slam” contest February 5 at Mars Cafe.