Thrive @ Cornell

Weekly Newsletter Supporting Your Health & Well-Being

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

This week we’re highlighting two more self-care practices: the importance of moving your body and fueling your body. Make time to take care of yourself (mind and body) – try building it into your daily/weekly routine.

In community,
The Skorton Center for Health Initiatives at Cornell Health
part of Student and Campus Life at Cornell University

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Move Your Body

Exercise directly affects the brain and is a great way to relieve stress, get endorphins pumping, and improve your mental and physical health.

Some people have a regular fitness routine. For others, walking back and forth to class (uphill both ways) is enough of a workout! Finding even small ways to incorporate physical activity into your day helps you keep your energy up and your stress in check.

This can take the form of a PE class, riding a bike around campus, a spontaneous dance party, going to the gym, kayaking on Cayuga Lake, or trying the rock-climbing wall in Bartels Hall. Find something you enjoy doing and you’ll look forward to this part of your day.

Fuel Your Body

We all know trying to focus during class when you’re hangry (irritable or angry because you’re hungry) can be a recipe for disaster. Fuel your body with food that makes you feel good physically and emotionally.

Are there particular foods you enjoy eating this time of year? Are you enjoying crisp fall apples? Looking forward to bringing pumpkin spice back into your life? Getting enough food and the right proportions of nutrients is essential for physical energy & clear thinking.

Staying hydrated is also important! So keep those water bottles filled even as summer temps give way to a cooler fall climate.

Cornell Health - Nutrition Support

Looking for some nutrition information? Check out Cornell Health’s nutrition webpage for tips on healthy meals throughout the day to support your performance in academics, athletics, and extracurricular activities.

Free Exercise Opportunities

Open lap swimming at Helen Newman and Teagle Hall is free to students!

Cornell Minds Matter offers free, weekly Zumba and Yoga classes:

  • Zumba on Tuesdays from 5:00-6:00pm in WSH 519
  • Yoga on Wednesdays from 5:00-6:15pm in Teagle’s Multipurpose Room

Cornell Fitness Centers offer a library of pre-recorded fitness classes that are free and can be viewed anytime (including mini desk/study breaks)

***If the cost of a gym membership is a barrier for you, the Student Access Fund can support Cornell undergraduate, graduate, and professional students with access to financial support. Learn more here:

Cornell Intramural Sports

Are you looking for a group of people to play volleyball, soccer, disc golf, basketball or football? Join a Cornell Intramural sports team this fall. All skill levels welcome and there are opportunities for casual and competitive play. Check it out for yourself:

Cornell Food Pantry

109 McGraw Place (just off University Avenue, across from Alice Cook House on West Campus)
Current hours:
Tuesdays & Thursdays 4 -7pm, Wednesdays & Fridays 10am – 1pm, Sundays 12 – 3pm.

Offers free, confidential access to food and personal care items for Cornell undergraduate, graduate and professional students as well as Cornell staff and faculty.

Learn more about how to enroll and reserve a time slot on Open Table here:

Anabel’s Grocery – Opens September 15th

Location: Anabel Taylor Hall
Anabel’s Grocery is a student-run grocery store offering fresh, nutritious, and affordable food for all Cornell students.

For Fall 2021, Anabel’s will be open September 15 – December 3 on Wednesdays & Thursdays 3 – 7pm and Fridays 12 – 3pm + discounted sale after 3pm.

Follow @anabelsgrocery on Instagram for updates or visit:

Swipe Out Hunger

Cornell Dining & the Director of First-Generation and Low-Income Student Support in the Dean of Students Office have partnered with Swipe Out Hunger to address food insecurity on campus.
Cornell students can donate one of their bonus meals each semester to a Swipe Out Hunger fund which are then distributed to fellow students in need. If you’re able to donate a meal swipe, you can email To learn more:

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The Etsy Street Garden Food Hub

Mondays 10am – 1pm @ 413 Etsy Street, Ithaca
Anyone is welcome to come and pick up free fresh produce. Sponsored by Neighborhood Food Hub.

Tatkon Center: "Tat Buddies"

Get paired with a Tatkon Center student staff member and check-in throughout the fall semester for informal support and mentoring. Tap into their experience to make the most of yours. You can ask about navigating courses, study tips, organizations, minors, balancing work and play, research opportunities, iconic Cornell classes, or anything else that’s on your mind!

Open to all first-years, transfers, and Class of 2024: Request a match
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Sign Up for Refresh!

Feeling Groggy? Need to Refresh? Make Time for Sleep

Enroll in Refresh, Cornell Health’s free, online sleep program. This eight-week, evidence-based self-help program shares information and strategies proven to help you catch more high-quality ZZZs. This program is open to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and begins on Monday, September 20. To enroll, visit

If you have COVID-like symptoms, stay out of circulation!

Students who experience symptoms of COVID-19 – or have had close contact with someone diagnosed with (or being tested for) COVID-19 – should stay out of circulation and call Cornell Health for medical consultation and screening for diagnostic testing: 607-255-5155 (24/7). Learn more about COVID testing and care at Cornell Health.

On-campus flu vaccine clinics have begun

Sign up for a timeslot to get your free flu shot at one of Cornell’s on-campus flu vaccine clinics! Annual flu vaccination is always strongly recommended for college students, but is especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more on Cornell Health’s website.
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Upcoming Events (9/14 - 9/20)

Cornell LGBT Resource Center TIE DYE

Tuesday, September 14th from 3 – 5pm

Come out to Tie dye an LGBT Resource Center t-shirt on the 626 Lawn.

Cornell Minds Matter (CMM) First G-Body meeting of Fall 2021

Wednesday, September 15 @ 5:30pm via Zoom

First CMM G-Body Meeting of the semester is on Zoom and open to all students!


Reach out to CMM at if you have any questions or want to connect more with an officer. Check check out CMM's website and social media.

CAPS Workshop: Shhh, I Don’t Belong Here: Understanding Imposter “Syndrome”

Thursday, September 16 from 3 – 4pm

Facilitator: Aden Cook, PsyD
Register for the September 16 Imposter Syndrome workshop

Do you sometimes feel like a fraud; like somehow you don’t really belong here at Cornell and that all the others around you know what they’re talking about and you don’t? For what it’s worth, you’re not alone. Come learn more about the Imposter “Syndrome.”

Field Day

Thursday, September 16, 2021 @ 5pm

The First Generation Student Union is hosting a field day on the Arts Quad outside of Goldwin Smith Hall.

Movies on the Arts Quad

Thursday, September 16, 2021
Come enjoy a movie under the stars on the Arts Quad. Seating begins @ 7:30pm and the movie starts at 8pm.

This week the movie is: Monsters University
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CAPS Workshop: What is My Problem? The Science (and Art) of Procrastination

Friday, September 17 from 3 – 4pm
Facilitator: Wai-Kwong Wong, PhD
Register for the September 17 Procrastination workshop

Do you procrastinate? Are you doing it right now? Are you sick and frustrated because you keep doing this to yourself? Come learn about procrastination and how you might get more done in your life.

JAMmin’ with MEWSicians

Friday, September 17 from 7-9pm
Mews & Loving House presents an outside open mic night! Spoken word, poetry readings, singing and instrument performances are all welcome!
Sign up to perform here

Homecoming Football Game: Cornell Football vs. VMI

Saturday, September 18 – 2pm kickoff @ Schoellkopf Field

Cheer on the Cornell Football team on Saturday. Get your ticket and be sure to follow all COVID-19 fan attendance protocols.

CAPS Workshop: Mindfulness for Managing Anxiety

Monday, September 20 from 3:30 - 4:30pm

Facilitator: Joy Mushabac, LCSW-R
Register for the September 20 Anxiety Management workshop
Regular mindfulness practice and mindful meditation has been proven to reduce anxiety, stress, and depression while improving attention, clarity, concentration, and calm. Instead of being on “autopilot,” the skill of mindfulness is characterized by openness, attentiveness, and receptivity. This workshop will give you a taste of both mindfulness and meditation practice.

Cornell Women’s Rugby Open Practices

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 5 – 7pm
220 Pine Tree Road – the Cornell Rugby Pitch

Come join the Cornell Women's Rugby Team at open practices Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 5pm! All players are welcome, even if you have never played before. Women's Rugby will be competing in the UNYCRC Open Division this fall, with Saturday games. Please contact Abby Gorra ( for more information!

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First 30 Days

Explore the calendar of events across campus during the First 30 days:
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Create an Employer-Ready LinkedIn Profile

Thursday, September 16 @ 11:30am – 12:30pm (Zoom)

Careers Beyond Academia staff will start with a short overview presentation with LinkedIn tips, exercises to identify a good tagline, a summary discussion and an interactive session to work on profiles and receive feedback. Even if you don't yet have a profile, please register and we will send you some starter tips to get going. If your profile needs some updating (like you last looked at it as an undergrad) no worries! Tune in and learn about some quick 5-minute changes!
To register:

Difficult Conversations, Conflict, and Feedback

Friday, September 17 @ 3pm – 4:30pm (Zoom)

Faculty, academic staff, postdocs, and graduate students are encouraged to participate in this workshop, led by Dr. Sharon Milgram, Director, Office of Intramural Training and Education at NIH. She believes that having both mentors and mentees present at the workshop will lead to a more helpful and productive discussion. Dr. Milgram lectures widely on science careers, mentorship, leadership, and management in research environment. The talk will discuss techniques for having difficult conversations, resolving conflict, and giving and receiving effective feedback.

To register:

Graduate School Events Calendar

Check out the Graduate School Events Calendar to find events specifically for graduate students:

Nature Up!

Activity suggestion from Cornell Outing Club:
Outdoor yoga! Find a quiet place in the arboretum, your lawn, or Stewart Park and go through a freestyle yoga series or follow along with a video! This is a great way to take in nature and relax.

Did you know that Cornell has an Arboretum? Check out this beautiful video soaring over the 100 acres of the F.R. Newman Arboretum at Cornell Botanic Gardens. Make your way over to them to see the beautiful pond, find the sculptures, and enjoy the trees.

Soar over the F. R. Newman Arboretum

Talk/Text Resources

If you find yourself struggling or in need of someone to talk to, know that you are not alone. The following resources are here to support you:

Cornell Resources

Ithaca Resources (24/7)

National Talk-Lines (24/7)

  • Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255
  • Trevor Project hotline (LGBTQ+): 866-488-7386
  • LGBT+ National Hotline: 888-843-4564
  • TransLifeline: 877-565-8860

National Text/Chat Services

  • National Crisis Text Line: Text HELLO to 741741
  • Steve Fund crisis text line: Text STEVE to 741741 (BIPOC)
  • Trevor Project text line (LGBTQ+): Text START to 678678

National Suicide Prevention "Lifeline CHAT" service: