Wellness at the Health and Recreation Center

Health and wellness is an important component to overall personal and professional success. Wellness is not merely the absence of illness or distress – wellness is striving for positive physical, mental and social well-being.

Wellness is an iterative and lifelong process, which consists of making decisions that support a more balanced life. In turn, creating a more balanced life enables you to maximize your potential. While physical health is an important component to overall wellness, there are several other dimensions that contribute to an individual’s well-being:

  • Emotional wellness
  • Intellectual wellness
  • Social wellness
  • Spiritual wellness
  • Environmental wellness
  • Occupational wellness
  • Financial wellness
  • Physical wellness

Here at the Health and Recreation Center we are committed to ensuring that Harper students and employees have a variety of wellness resources, programs, and support that will impact their lives at Harper and beyond.

Upcoming Events

Chillax @ Harper (view event flyer)

Finals Fruit Ninjas
Date: May 7 – 9 & May 14 – 16
Look for the Wellness Wagon as it travels the campus filled with healthy snacks!


Fun Run/Walk at Harper College
Date: Saturday, June 8
Time: 8:00am
Where: Harper College Foglia Foundation Health and Recreation Center, Building M (meet in the lobby)

Are you new to running? Experienced runner? Just like to walk? Simply want to meet new people? Join in on a free community walk/run/or stroll on Saturday, June 8th at 8:00am at Harper College’s Foglia Foundation Health and Recreation Center. Connect with other local groups, such as the Hoffman Estates, Inverness, and Palatine Athletic Association and Deer Grove Trail Runners, for a run or walk (your choice of distance and pace). Runners, walkers, and joggers from all different athletic and ability types will be attending (no experience needed).

Afterwards, meet in the Health and Recreation Center for light refreshments, conversation, and a fun game of dodgeball! Get your Saturday morning off to an active start by joining us on June 8th!

Contact Us

Beth Ripperger, MA
Manager, Employee and Student Wellness
William Rainey Harper College
Foglia Foundation Health and Recreation Center, M2409
1200 Algonquin Rd. | Palatine, IL 60067
847.925.6963 (phone) | eripperg@harpercollege.edu | she/her/ella
Website: harpercollege.edu/campusrec