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Welcome to the Wellness LibGuide. We share wellness resources based on three primary categories:

  1. Nutrition
    More than just healthy eating, nutrition has to do with how we nourish and sustain our bodies. Staying hydrated, making meal choices that fit our lifestyle, and helping manage health conditions are all components of nutrition. -

  2. Physical Activity
    Any movement of the body that expends energy. "Regular physical activity [both moderate- and vigorous-intensity] is proven to help prevent and manage noncommunicable diseases such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and several cancers. It also helps prevent hypertension, maintain healthy body weight and can improve mental health, quality of life and well-being." - World Health Organization

  3. Mental Health
    "Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood." -

For each section, we'll provide some Van Wylen Library resources, some links to outside sources, and more.

To learn more about wellness at Hope College, visit:


Library Materials

Visit the Lower Level of Van Wylen Library and browse the stacks for titles on:

  • Physiology Nutrition: Call number QP141
  • Nutrition Personal Health: Call number RA784
  • Sports Nutrition: Call number TX361

Library Online Resources

Van Wylen Online Catalog

Not on campus? We have online resources on nutrition available for all users.

AVON: Academic Video Online

Log in to AVON to access Nutrition Videos.

New York Times Cooking

Hope employees and students have free access to the New York Times Cooking feature. Here's how to connect:

  1. First, create a New York Times Education Account with your email.
  2. Visit the website or download the app (iOS and Android) and login with your credentials from step one.

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U.S. Department of Agriculture Nutrition Website

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Nutrition website provides users with lots of information about nutrition, including:

You can also learn more about nutrients in the food you eat, and find nutrition facts for fruits and vegetables.

Cleveland Clinic Article on Nutrition and Exercise

Nutrition and exercise go hand-in-hand. Check out this article from the Cleveland Clinic for tips to make sure you're fueling properly before and after a workout.

Nutrition Apps

Apps to help you focus on nutrition.

These apps are free (some with optional paid features) and most work on both iOS and Android.

Ate Food Journal App ImageFind Me Gluten Free AppForks Over Knives App ImageNutrients App ImageRR: Eating Disorder Management App ImageShopwell App ImageSpokin App ImageYummly App

Physical Activity

Library Materials

Read up on physical fitness and health by browsing these sections in the library:

  • Physical Education: GV342
  • Training and conditioning: GV711.5
  • Exercise for health: RA781
  • Physical therapy: RM725

Library Online Resources

Van Wylen Online Catalog

If you're looking for online access to library materials, you can explore physical fitness items in our collection.

AVON: Academic Video Online

Log in to AVON to access Sports and Fitness Videos.

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Dow Center

Employees and students have access to the Dow Center for cardio and strength training:

  • Basketball/volleyball courts
  • Indoor track
  • Olympic-size swimming pool with diving well
  • Locker rooms
  • Dry saunas
  • Weight room
  • Stationary bikes, elliptical machines, treadmills, stair climbers, elliptical stair climbers

National Institutes of Health

The National Institutes of Health provide a Physical Wellness Toolkit that includes strategies to get active and maintain your muscle.

2018 Physical Activity Guidelines Scientific Report

"The 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee submitted its Scientific Report to the Secretary of HHS in February 2018. The report summarizes the scientific evidence on physical activity and health, and the government used it to develop the second edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans."

Google Breathing Exercises

Google provides breathing exercises to help users build a regular, mindful breathing practice.

Fitness Apps

Apps to help you focus on physical activity.

These apps are free (some with optional paid features) and most work on both iOS and Android.

Daily Yoga AppFitOn AppJefit AppNike Training Club AppNone to Run AppSeven Workout AppStrava AppStrong App

Mental Health

Library Materials

Learn more about mental health by browsing:

  • Psychology, Emotions: BF575
  • Neurophysiology: QP376
  • Stress and Relaxation: RA785

Library Online Resources

Van Wylen Online Catalog

We offer mental health resources online, from journals and articles to books and more.

AVON: Academic Video Online

Log in to AVON to access Mental Health Videos.

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Counseling and Psychological Services

Students have access to the free, on-campus Counseling and Psychological Services located in the Bultman Student Center. They offer services such as:

  • Individual counseling
  • Group counseling
  • ADHD assessment
  • Consultation
  • Educational programming

For immediate mental health concerns, call CAPS at 616.395.7945 to be connected to a counselor. This is a 24/7 service available to current Hope students.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Hope College employees can utilize the Employee Assistance Program, which offers counseling, coaching, crisis support, and more.

Mental Health Memoirs

If you're interested in hearing about other people's experience with mental health, check out this student-curated list of Mental Health Memoirs: Let's Talk.

Mental Health Apps

Apps to help you focus on your mental health.

These apps are free (some with optional paid features) and most work on both iOS and Android.

Bearable AppeMoods AppHappify AppiBreathe AppInsight Timer AppMoodFit AppPTSD Coach AppSanvello app

The Wellness LibGuide was created with contributions by Sarah Baar, Jenna VanVeldhuisen, and the Van Wylen Library staff.