Physical balance includes taking care of your body for optimal functioning.

Getting regular medical and dental check-ups, taking steps to prevent injury, and recognizing symptoms of disease and seeking treatment are all very important. Optimal physical health can be attained through regular exercise, eating a healthy diet, personal hygiene, avoiding harmful habits, and getting adequate sleep for your body.

  • Do I know important health numbers, like my cholesterol, weight, blood pressure, and blood sugar levels?
  • Do I get annual physical exams?
  • Do I avoid using tobacco products?
  • Do I get sufficient amount of sleep?
  • Do I have an established exercise routine?

The University of Akron Resources

The University of Akron Student Recreation & Wellness Services
Access to two facilities, 5 gymnasiums, two pools, climbing wall and large number of cardio & strength equipment.  Programs are available as well such as group exercise, intramurals and club sports.

The University of Akron Health Services
Enrolled students are eligible to receive health care on campus.  No need to have insurance.

The University of Akron Nutrition Center
The Center offers services to students, faculty and staff who can take advantage of its nutrition assessment and counseling, medical nutrition therapy, computerized menu and food intake analysis, food systems management services, and individual and group nutrition education services.

The University of Akron Sports Science and Wellness Education Department
To prepare students to become professionals in teaching and related fields of sport science and wellness based upon current professional standards and ethics.

Community/National Resources

Metro Parks, Serving Summit County
Many local parks and trails offering experiences that are compatible with the protection of natural and cultural resources. Hiking, wildlife watching, picnicking, bicycling, swimming, fishing, running, sledding, scouting programs, primitive camping and horseback riding are a few examples of the passive recreation activities permitted in the Metro Parks.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Though a short distance from the urban environments of Cleveland and Akron, Cuyahoga Valley National Park seems worlds away. The winding Cuyahoga-the "crooked river" as named by the American Indians-gives way to deep forests, rolling hills, and open farmlands. The park is a refuge for flora and fauna and provides recreation and solitude for visitors.

Center for Disease Control
Personal healthy weight assessments and information.

American Heart Association
Tips and tricks to get and stay healthy!

Choose My Plate
The NEW food pyramid from the USDA!

National Dietary Guidelines
A healthy diet can reduce the risk of major chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, and some cancers.  The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 provides evidence-based nutrition information and advice for people age 2 and older.

Presidential Fitness Challenge
The President’s Challenge helps people of all ages and abilities increase their physical activity and improve their fitness through research-based information, easy-to-use tools, and friendly motivation.