Other Wellness Initiatives at Columbia

Columbia-Wide Initiatives


  • Getting optimal sleep can be a challenge throughout one's lifetime. Alice! is committed to helping you achieve a good night's rest so that you stay healthy and perform at your best! Check out the A!sleep page for information, resources, interactive tools, and complete a free personalized sleep assessment with instant individual feedback.

Alice! Health Promotion

  • Alice! Health Promotion offers several guides for healthy eating. Resources include: sample menus for healthy food choices at meetings, a nutritious food check list for grocery store shopping, recipes for fresh, well-balanced meals, and a comprehensive guide to healthy eating.

Behavioral Medicine Exercise Studies

  • The Division of Behavioral Medicine at CUMC is engaged in several exercise studies to understand how exercise affects cognition and the brain and hopes to determine if exercise increases attention and memory. Studies are open to Columbia affiliates as well as friends and family! Participation includes a free start-up gym membership at Dodge Fitness Center or PlusOne. To be eligible you must be between 20-75 years of age, not currently exercising, and in good health. Click here for more information and to find out if you are eligible.

COOP Rentals

  • In promotion of hiking and other outdoor activities, the Columbia Outdoor Orientation Program rents equipment (tents, backpacks, sleeping bags, etc) to all Columbia students, faculty, and staff.  Equipment is rented from Lerner Hall on the Morninside Campus.  Contact them for more information.

CU Move 

  • CU Move encourages members of the Columbia community to engage in active lives that include regular physical activity. The program provides participants with motivation and incentives to be active throughout the year along with access to calendars of free and low-cost activities on campus and around New York City.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

  • The EAP is a network of services, including short-term counseling and life coaching, to help faculty, staff, and their household members cope with everyday issues- including stress, relationships, depression and addiction. Humana's professional counselors are available 24 hours, 7 days a week at 888-673-1153.


  • Environmental Health & Safety offers monthly workshops to help you perform your job in a manner that prevents ergonomic risk factors, such as poor posture and excessive reaching.  

Flu Prevention

  • Members of the Morningside campus  and Medical Center campus can receive free flu shots at flu shot fairs. Members of the Morningside campus can also get flu shots through health services.         

Greenmarkets (Columbia and Fort Washington)

  • Get your locally-sourced dairy products, fruits, vegetables, farm baked treats, preserves, meats and more at a NYC Greenmarket. 
  • The Columbia Greenmarket on Broadway (between 114th and 115th streets) and is open every Thursday and Sunday all year round.  The new Fort Washington Greenmarket at 168 street is open on Tuesdays through November.

Healthy Mondays at Columbia

  • In association with the Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion at the Mailman School of Public Health, the Monday Campaigns is a non-profit public health campaign that dedicates the first day of every week to healthy behaviors and provides research, creative services, and free ready-to-scale programs to organizations who would like to incorporate the Monday concept into their health promotion programs. 
    Pandemic Preparedness
  • Visit the pandemic preparedness website for information and resources on how to prevent the H1N1 flu.

Public Safety

  • Columbia University's Department of Public Safety offers free self defense classes each semester.  Contact 212-854-8513 for more information.

Tobacco Cessation: Below are also several options for members of the campus community who wish to quit smoking.

  • Students, faculty and staff who are NYC residents may call 311 to locate a city-sponsored tobacco cessation program. Additional resources can be found at nyc.gov
  • For those who are enrolled in United Health Care, assistance is provided through MyNurseline.

Wellness Discounts

  •  Discounts are available at local bike shops and fitness centers in and around Columbia.