PTS is pleased to make Wellness Life Coaching available and affordable on campus for students and spouses again this year as an alternative or a complement to traditional counseling and/or spiritual direction. Wellness coaching provides guidance and support for individuals who want to make lifestyle changes important to their well-being such as eating in a healthier way, sticking to an exercise schedule, managing time effectively, or dealing with chronic health challenges. Referrals are through the Office of Student Counseling. The first session is free. Then student accounts will be charged $10 for the next 9 sessions and $15 thereafter. Wellness coaching typically caps at 12 sessions.

Self-Care and Wellness Assessment

The Office of Student Counseling would like to invite you to fill out an 80-question Self-Care and Wellness Assessment and Goal-Setting Tool. Both resources are intended to help you assess your strengths in four overlapping areas of wellness. A printed copy of the assessment is available in the lobby of Scheide Hall. More information and a downloadable PDF can be viewed here.

 Fitness Classes at PTS

Each year trained fitness instructors from the Seminary community step forward to offer different classes to get your heart pumping and help relieve stress. You can pick up a registration form from any of the instructors or stop by the Department of Student Life (210 Templeton). A $25 annual fee allows you to take as many classes as you like. Classes are open to students, seminary employees, spouses and dependents 16 years old and older. If you have any questions, please contact Catherine Ahmad in the Department of Student Life (210 Templeton; 609-497-7880; [email protected]).  

Over the years classes have included kickboxing aerobics, jazzercise, yoga, zumba, modern dance, cardio boot camp, and dance classes for children.

Fitness Recommendations from the Department of Health and Human Services

To reap the health rewards of exercise, you have to push yourself to get your heart rate into its ideal training zone, according to the American College of Sports Medicine. Your maximum heart rate (MHR) is roughly 220 minus your age. Your training zone or target rate is 50% to 70% of that, which you can hit with at least a moderate level of exercise. The Department of Health and Human Services recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity every week, such as brisk walking, swimming, or mowing the lawn, or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity, such as running or dancing. The department also recommends doing some type of strength training at least twice a week. For more on physical activity guidelines visit

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