Better Me Programming

These sessions focus on helping you achieve your personal wellness goals to promote a healthier living and working environment.

Stress Management

Facilitator Information: 

Joanne is a board certified rehabilitation medicine doctor (MD), experienced registered yoga teacher (E-RYT), wellness consultant, and fitness expert who is passionate about exercise as prescription for healing.  Her training includes holistic health coaching (CHHC) through Integrative Nutrition, and Medical Acupuncture through Harvard University. She also carries a board certification in Integrative and Holistic Medicine. Furthermore, she is a certified Cancer Exercise Trainer (CET) through American College of Sports Medicine and a Level II Reiki Practitioner. 


Specifically on the mat, she has a foundation in Anusara Yoga, and have continued to broaden her practice through Yoga for Seniors with Duke University, Iyengar Yoga for Scoliosis and Back Care, Baptiste Yoga for Athletes, Restorative Yoga Therapeutics, Aerial Yoga, Acroyoga and Thai Yoga Massage.  Through these diverse pathways, she has established a vibrant and comprehensive approach to her Yoga journey and teaching. Her philosophy of “movement for healthful living” is supported by her background in endurance sports, Spinning, Pilates, Barre, Aerials and Hoop. To date, she has over 20,000 combined hours of teaching, training, practicing and continual education in yoga, fitness and wellness.


Through her roles as a Lululemon Athletica and Manduka Ambassador, Prana Influencer, Inner Fire Luminary and Acroyoga JAMbassador, she enjoys helping build a community in which safe supported play, exploration, and inspiration can be achieved on and off the mat. Acroyoga has been a wonderful gift to her for the last couple years and along with her background in Aerials, she has been performing for various communities. She currently teaches a variety of fitness and wellness classes as well as private mind/body medicine clients, and lead workshops in Aerial Yoga, Partner Yoga, Yoga Fusion, Acroplay, SUP Yoga, Therapeutic Yoga, Barre and Pilates in Upstate NY. 


For more about Dr. Wu, please visit her website at:


Introduction & Tour of the Student Life Center

Facilitator Information: 

Jennifer Lewis, Associate Director of Recreation Center for Recreation & Intramurals

Students and Relationship Health

Facilitator Information: 

Darci Lane-Williams - Director of the Center for Women & Gender

Nutrition: Myth-Busting

Facilitator Information: 

Tim Keady - Associate Director for Student Wellness, and Mary Ann McQuay - Registered Dietician / Manager of CBORD Menu Management System

Use and Abuse of Heroin and Prescription Pain Killers

Facilitator Information: 

Karen Pelc - Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor

Alcohol: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

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Karen Pelc - Coordinator of Wellness Education


The Wellness Certificate Series is a collaborative program developed by Student Wellness, Better Me, and the Center for Professional Development to educate faculty and staff about trending wellness behaviors, unhealthy and risky behaviors and their impact on success at RIT. By engaging in this certificate, faculty and staff will have a better understanding of some of the health-related issues for our students, ourselves, and the resources available to support our community.

In-Person Courses

An overview of alcohol issues and concerns. Topics will explore early historic use of alcohol, the impact on health, relationships, and academics. Early warning signs of use will be identified. Resources for on and off campus will be shared.

New sessions to be announced.

Have you always wanted to work out at RIT but are unfamiliar with what facilities and programs are available? Learn everything you wanted to know about the Hale Andrews Student Life Center and Gordon Field House recreation facilities and programs through a walking tour. Wear your sneakers!

Join us for a presentation busting common nutrition myths.  Topics to be busted include, dieting, gaining muscle, food fads, exercise, supplement use, and fluids.

You will leave the presentation ready to make better nutrition choices for a lifetime of wellness.

A Practical Guide to Self Care to Avoid Burnout: Stress Reduction Didactics through Mind/Body Connection


Come for some tips and a healthy break from work to help you breath better, stand taller, and feel stronger while at work!

Participants in this session will be invited to examine various relationships in an effort to understand the complexity of relating to people who play various roles in their lives. Platonic, Familial, and romantic relationship dynamics will be explored while paying particular attention to common relationship pitfalls.  Self-esteem, assertiveness, healthy and unhealthy relationships will be covered.

New sessions to be announced.

This workshop will explore the current trends of opioid and prescription drug use as well as warning signs, symptoms and short/long term-effects of use. Discussion will include the reasons behind the increase of use. Resources will be available for support and treatment.