“Fairfield Fit”: Today’s Students Embrace a Healthy Lifestyle

“Fairfield Fit”:  Today’s Students Embrace a Healthy Lifestyle

Today’s students are more focused on health than ever before — and that includes healthy eating options as well as a desire for exercise and recreation options. As part of Fairfield 2020’s focus on the student experience, there are scores of initiatives underway to ensure the University is a leader in campus wellness.

As recently announced, the University began work on a major renovation and expansion of the highly utilized Leslie C. Quick Jr. Recreation Complex this past summer.

With the RecPlex closed for renovation until 2016, the division of Student Affairs has made it a priority to ensure that the healthy lifestyles of our students continue with no disruptions to their fitness routines.

“We know the physical, emotional and overall care of our students is extremely important. A healthy student is more engaged in their academics, less prone to challenges related to homesickness, depression, alcohol or drug use and have an overall more positive Fairfield University experience,” said Karen Donoghue, associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students.

Beginning this past semester, Fairfield offered these diverse fitness options under the umbrella of “Fairfield Fit.”

Fairfield Dining Services will build upon the exciting changes introduced last fall, which included a transformation to a custom-designed, chef-driven and sustainable menu.

Student Affairs Highlights

• The Service for Justice (S4J) Residential College was recently honored with the 2015 Outstanding Commitment to Diversity and Social Justice Award at the JASPA (Jesuit Association of Student Personnel Administrators) institute in San Francisco.

• StrengthsQuest, part of Gallup’s Education Practice, is used at more than 600 schools and universities in North America to gain insights into how to use their talents to achieve academic success, to explore careers and develop leadership skills.  This past year, more than 500 sophomores at Fairfield took the StrengthsQuest assessment and engaged in small-group dialogue with a mentor to connect their strengths with their future vocation.

• Racial Justice is Social Justice (RJSJ), a group of faculty, students and staff committed to addressing this racial justice and leading change at the University, came together in a two-day workshop this summer to explore the topic. More than 50 students, faculty and staff attended, with the primary goal of building capacity to engage in constructive dialogue.