The World Health Organization (WHO) defines wellness as “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being...” and here at Xavier, we take this definition to heart. We understand that prioritizing our students’ health and wellness sets them up for success inside and outside of the classroom. Our goal is to ensure that our support for our students goes beyond their academic needs and encompasses their full humanity.


Comprehensive Wellness + Nutrition Class

We understand that our students’ physical health and wellness is crucial to their academic success. Thanks to Certified Personal Trainer and fitness and nutrition coach, Lindsey Day, Xavier currently offers a wellness and nutrition course to provide students with the knowledge they need to keep themselves in optimal health. This class covers nutrition and lifestyle habits such as sleep, exercise, movement and healthy relationships. We want our students to reach their full potential in every aspect of their lives and this begins with developing healthy lifestyle habits.

Since joining Xavier in 2016, Lindsey has made it her mission to ensure our students set and reach their health goals, and her course has quickly become a favorite with our Xavier community!

Learn more about Xavier's all-inclusive educational approach here.


Baking & Culinary Therapy

Josie Paul not only built and oversees our Counseling and Mental Health department at Xavier, but she is actively completing her dissertation as a PhD student in Social Health Sciences at Vrije Universiteit, Brussels. Our students are thoroughly enjoying taking part in her doctoral research which investigates how psychotherapy, in a culinary setting, co-creates a collaborative-dialogic space that enriches the identity stories of adolescents who struggle with anxiety.

More specifically, her goal is to gain insight into the experience and meaning of participating in collaborative-dialogic practices in a culinary setting and to explore the identity stories of adolescents who have been formally diagnosed or who self-identify as anxious, from the adolescent’s perspective.

Baking has proven to be a wonderfully therapeutic and enjoyable addition to our students' academic weeks and we look forward to learning the results from her research...and continuing to bring practices like baking therapy to our students moving forward.