Other Wellness Initiatives at Columbia

CUMC Campus Initiatives

Bard Athletic Center

  • Located in Bard Hall, memberships to this facility are available to Medical Center students, faculty, officers of administration, and staff, post-doctoral research fellows, alumni, and employees of NY Presbyterian Hospital, NYS Psychiatric Institute, Audubon Research Park. 

Columbia Community Partnership for Health

  • The Columbia Community Partnership for Health is an initiative of the Irving Institute that facilitates a consumer bilingual health library, free blood pressure and BMI screenings, and a CSA, delivering farm fresh, local produce to Washington Heights. 

Hip Hop Public Health

  • Hip Hop Public Health uses hip hop music, short animated features, and health video games as part of a multimedia curriculum designed to motivate healthy behaviors among children and their families.

Plus One/NYPH Fitness Center

  • All Columbia University faculty, staff, students, and alumni have access to the 6500 square foot, state-of-the-art NYPH Fitness Center powered by +1.  Various membership options are available.
  • NYPH Employees are eligible for a monthly payroll deduction to cover membership fees.
  • In an effort to encourage employees to bike to work, showers are available for bicycle commuters. In conjunction with Plus One Fitness, employees will now be able to utilize the showers at the gym by purchasing monthly shower passes for only $5 per month. Plus One Fitness is located in the Service building on the 2nd floor and features all amenities for showering including towels and lockers. For more information please call 212-305-1800.

New York State Psychiatric Institute Employee Assistance Program

  • The NYSPI EAP offers Columbia University employees the opportunity to participate in yoga, meditation, and Reiki and lunch time seminars programming. Contact Dacia Morris at Morrisd@nyspi.columbia.edu or Matt Gold at goldmat@nyspi.columbia.edu for more information.

Smoke Free CUMC

  • As of August 10, 2009, Columbia University Medical Center is a completely smoke-free environment.  For helpful information and local resources for quitting smoking, visit the NYC.gov website.

Take the Stairs Campaign

  • In an effort to encourage more people to take the stairs in CUMC’s Allan Rosenfield Building, the Mailman School of Public Health remodeled the stair case with vignettes displaying a historical timeline of public health advances in New York City. 

Weight Control Center

  • The Weight Control Center at Columbia University Medical Center is offering individual nutrition appointments, and interactive, registered dietitian-led weight management groups that focuses on making long-term changes for a healthier lifestyle.  
  • Nutirtion Appointments: Set up individual appointments with a registered dietitian. Visits are tailored to meet individual needs addressing concerns that pertain to eating habits, physical activity and behaviors. You can expect to build on your current strengths and work together with the dietitian to create a plan to achieve your goals. Please call 212-305-5568 to schedule an appointment.
  • Weight Control in 12 Weeks: The program's focus will be on realistic goal setting and action plan formulation to allow each participant to execute their personalized plan to reach their goals. This will be a time-limited 12-week group with 5 to 7 participants. Each session will last 60 minutes and includes a private weigh-in and handouts. Meetings are held at the Weight Control Center, Herbert Irving Pavilion, 161 Fort Washington Avenue (at the corner of W.165th Street), 5th floor, Room 512. For more information about group meeting times and dates or to register, Heather Bainbridge, RD, CDN at hb2298@columbia.edu or (212) 305-0486
  • Continuation Group: After completion of the 12 week group program, continuation groups are available for those who wish to continue receiving group support. Advanced topics are discussed at each session to further improve and explore ways to continue and maintain weight loss.