Health and Wellness

BE WELL @ BOWDOIN is committed to establishing a work environment that promotes healthy lifestyles, decreases the risk of disease, and enhances the quality of life. Through health promotion, educational programming, and a full array of athletic and recreational facilities available for use, employees have unique opportunities readily available to them. 

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Physical fitness can help you sleep better, increase your metabolism, and feel happier. There are lots of ways to get fit around Maine. Below are resources to get you out of the house or office and moving!

You and your family can enjoy the College's wide variety of athletic facilities including indoor and outdoor tennis courts, climbing wall, squash courts, pool, and state-of-the-art fitness center. Check out all of the campus facilities plus:

Fit Maine - fitness classes & events for the budget minded
Maine Bureau of Parks & Lands
Bicycle Coalition of Maine - hiking, biking & walking trails
Maps of the walking trails in Portland 
Fleet Feet Sports - Maine running
Mid Coast Hospital’s Regular Exercise Ideas
Maine Women Magazine - health & fitness
Bowdoin College Trail Guide


chairsErgonomics is the science of designing the workplace, machines, and work tasks within the capacity and capability of the human body, that is, a proactive approach that strives to fit the work to the worker, not the worker to the job. By understanding basic ergonomics and its interaction with your job, you can work more efficiently and comfortably, help prevent injuries, and promote your long-term health.

If you have questions or you would like to schedule an appointment for an ergonomic evaluation, please call Human Resources at 725-3837.

Around Your Workstation

  • Try Before You Buy!**

Because your department is responsible for most ergonomic upgrades, it's nice to try before you buy. Simply visit the Human Resources kiosk room where you will find an assortment of ergonomic devices to try or temporarily borrow including:   MICE (trackball, vertical, wireless), KEYBOARDS (mini, split, separate number pads) and ERGONOMIC CHAIRS (adjustable lumbar support, sliding seat panels, adjustable arms, mesh or fabric, in varying prices.

  • Stretch Breaks!   Working at a desk all day can take a toll on your neck, shoulders and other muscles. Breaking up your workday with stretches and other physical activities can help you keep comfortable. Print out this small brochure and post it near your desk as a reminder to stretch throughout the day!
  • 10 Tips for a Perfect Fit Worksheet   Thinking about rearranging your workstation? Review this one page guide of quick tips from MEMIC. Or for an in depth review, follow the more extensive guidelines in Ergonomics in the Office: A Guide to Proper Workstation Design.
  • Ergonomic Tips   Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) eTool* illustrates simple, inexpensive principles that will help you create a safe and comfortable computer workstation.
  • Back Safety  Nearly 70% of low back pain is caused by what is known as "manual material handling," i.e., the lifting, pushing, pulling, carrying or even lowering work, follow these general lifting guidelines.
  • Tips for Using a Laptop Computer   Many of us use laptops in docking stations in our offices or can conveniently take them with us when we travel. But laptop design (small keyboard with smaller attached screen) is an ergonomic challenge. Review these tips to make using more laptop more comfortable and ergonomically correct.
  • Safety Works!  Annual Maine Video Display (VDT) Training

**Important Note About Equipment Purchasing

Items purchased to address general ergonomic issues (e.g., keyboard trays, monitor arms, task lighting, chairs, etc.) are considered office supplies and must be ordered through the College's approved vendors. These purchases are paid through the individual's department with supervisory/department head approval. Human Resources can assist you with the recommended ergonomically correct tools and office equipment.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

To help employees balance work and life, Bowdoin College offers an Employee Assistance Program (EAP). The EAP is designed to help with issues such as financial stress, legal matters, child care, caring for your parents, addiction, relationship stress, or health issues. It is a confidential way for you to get some help and guidance the way you want it, online, in-person, or by phone from trustworthy professionals.

The College offers a generous holiday and vacation time benefit.  We encourage employees to use vacation time periodically to relax and recreate with family and friends. 

Smoking Cessation

Using tobacco increases your chances of illness and costs a lot of money. If you are ready to try and quit tobacco we are here to help! One of Bowdoin’s preferred providers, Mid Coast Hospital, offers ongoing tobacco cessation groups and programs year round. There are also online resources from the Partnership for a Tobacco Free Maine and Anthem provides online resources to help you give-up the habit.

CPR/AED Training

cprBowdoin offers its employees the opportunity to take potentially life saving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training conveniently right on campus several times a year. American Red Cross CPR and AED programs are designed to give you the confidence to respond in an emergency situation with skills that can save a life.

Hands-on skills training prepares participants to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies in adults. This course will teach participants to:

  • Call and work with EMS
  • Perform CPR and care for breathing & cardiac emergencies
  • Avoid bloodborne pathogens exposure
  • Learn the role of automated external defibrillators (AEDs)

For the schedule of upcoming classes, contact the Office of Environmental Health and Safety (207-725-3763 or

Reservations for these popular trainings fill up quickly, so if you are interested, sign up as soon as you see a session you can attend.

Health Partners

You can learn more about Anthem and our health partners on the preferred in-network provider list by following the links below.

Other associations and local chapters of national organizations serve as a wonderful resource for healthy living including: