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.

Resolution Solution*

Have you ever made a New Year's Resolution only to forget about it by January 31st? If so, this program is for you! Resolution Solution is a 10-week competition that will encourage participants to develop (or maintain) healthy activity and eating habits with the ultimate goal of becoming healthier. Participants are challenged to form teams of 5 (no more and no less) and then get moving! If you want to participate and don't have a team, let us know, we can help you find one! There will be all kinds of give-aways, great prizes and team spirit! Are you ready to get lean in 2015? To register email wellness@drake.edu.

  • Fee: $5/person or $25/team
  • Dates: February 2 - April 10
  • Registration Deadline: February 2

Well Read*

Are you looking to exercise your mind in 2015? We spend so much time focusing on getting our bodies in shape that sometimes we neglect working out our brains. Reading is one of the easiest ways to exercise the mind, stay on top of current events, and go somewhere in your imagination.  Whether you are an avid reader or want to begin reading more, Well REad is the Wellness Program for you! This program starts March 1 and goes through April 24. Over the course of the spring semester you will receive reading challenges, track minutes spent reading, and send and receive book recommendations to others in this program. We have some fabulous prizes waiting for you if you participate in this program. One lucky winner goes home with a Kindle Fire! To register email wellness@drake.edu

  • Fee: Free!
  • Dates: March 1 - April 24
  • Registration Deadline: February 27

Pack the Track

Lace up your walking shoes and join others on campus for a group walk (or run). Walking is a great form of exercise and we have a graet place to get active right on our campus. See how easy, good fo ryou and fun it is to get active during your day! 

  • Pack the Track #1: February 12: Knapp Center Track from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm (In conjunction with the All Staff Council event.)
  • Pack the Track #2: April 3: Weather permitting this will be an outdoor walk from noon - 12:45 pm

Healthy Bingo*

Looking for a way to have fun, win prizes, and stay healthy before summer break? If so, health bingo is the program for you! Complete a list of healthy challenges between a certain amount of time at the conclusion of the semester, and you will have the chance to win fantastic prizes during a fun game of healthy bingo! Please contact wellness@drake.edu for more details or to sign up.


Wellness Seminar Series*

Come to one or all three 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.

  • There's an App for That! - Tuesday, February 3 from 2:00 - 3:00 pm in Paul Morrison Room of the Bell Center

    Want to track food intake? Want to do yoga? Want to run a 5K? Track your exercise or reduce your stress? Great news - There's an App for That! Discover all the tools that are available to help you in your pursuit of a healthy lifestyle, all at your fingertips.

  • The Scoop on Supplementation - Thursday, February 26 from 10:00 am - 11:00 am, location TBA

    Are you overwhelmed and confused by all the supplements to choose from? There are many supplements on the market and Lucas Flaherty, Sodexo Campus Dietitian, will break them all down. What are the pros and cons to each and what is the best for you to use or avoid. From pre and post workout protein supplementation, to Omega 3 supplementation to finding the right multivitamin.
  • Spring Clean Your Fitness Routine - Wednesday, March 25 from 2:30 - 3:30 pm in the Paul Morrison Room of the Bell Center

   With the seasons changing it is important to modify your fitness routine. From switching shoes    to finding new places to recreate outdoors to signing up for a fun run or walk, this wellness       seminar will give you the tips and tricks necessary to make a smooth transition from winter to spring training.


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