WellCoug

Stay fit and healthy with WSU’s WellCoug program. This comprehensive employee well-being program offers WSU employees and their families, including those who are Vancouver-based, a wide range of resources to support their physical and mental health. Find details about accessing education, identifying resources, developing skills and making healthy choices on the main WellCoug page. And check out some WellCoug benefits specific to the Vancouver campus.

Walktober Challenge

Walktober awardIt’s the WSU Vancouver Cougars versus the Clark College Penguins and the Lower Columbia College Red Devils in the second winner-take-all Walktober Challenge! Log your steps during the month of October to defend our title and bring home the trophy again this year.

The winner will be determined by each college’s total number of steps divided by the number of participants. The college with the highest step average wins. 

Walking isn’t your only option. Other activities count, too. A step-equivalent chart (PDF) is available to make conversions.

Print a log (PDF) and track your steps. Turn in your completed and totaled log Nov. 4 to Human Resources, Dengerink Administration Building, Room 126.

Stay fit

Exercise bikesWSU Vancouver’s fitness center, located in the basement of the library, is free to students, staff and faculty. The center is part of the Office of Student Involvement’s Recreation Program. This great benefit includes:

  • Cardio equipment
  • Strength-training equipment
  • Day-use lockers
  • Shower facilities
  • Classes taught by trained personnel
  • Access to a personal trainer

To learn more, attend a monthly group orientation session, or contact the fitness center: 360-546-9271 or van.fitnesscenter@wsu.edu.

Eat healthy

The menu at the Dengerink Administration Building Café offers an abundance of choices, including plenty of vegetarian, vegan and low-fat options, as well as a commitment to the health of the campus. See the fact sheets about nutrition (PDF) and healthy choices (PDF).

Hit the trails

Rental office with various outdoor gearGetting around campus can be great exercise. WSU Vancouver’s 351-acre campus features more than six miles of walking, jogging and biking paths. The Cougar Trails Project includes designated jogging paths, all-weather interpretive trails and unimproved trails.

Get outdoors

Enjoy physical and social experiences with local and regional outings arranged through the Recreation Program. Regular outings include an annual ski trip to Mount Bachelor, an overnight camping and climbing trip to Smith Rock, whitewater rafting, hiking, kayaking and snowshoeing.