Harper College

Wellness Events

Buddy System

The Harper College Buddy System program is an initiative to help connect Harper students who would like to meet friends or Two stick figures giving one another a high five establish new connections (whether you're taking in-person or virtual classes). We know college can be a big adjustment – whether you’re transitioning from high school, transferring from another college, currently a Harper student or coming back to college after some time away – the Buddy System connects you with another Harper student! Learn more about what previous Buddy System students have to say about the program by watching this short video: https://youtu.be/H1FC640C16A

Interested in the Buddy System? Currently, the Buddy System will be back again in Spring 2024. Keep a look out for the Spring 2024 Buddy System Registration Form. If you have any issues/questions, please email Beth McPartlin, Harper Wellness Manager, at eripperg@harpercollege.edu.

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The Harper College Center for Nutrition Counseling (CNC), in collaboration with Harper Wellness, is offering a free health screening, individualized nutrition counseling and nutrition education services to Harper students, alumni, and faculty. The CNC is run by current Harper College dietetic interns and overseen by Registered Dietitians beginning Spring 2024. Appointments will become available late January 2024.

Sign-up is required at: https://forms.office.com/r/EtYGJrMRNA 

Here is a list of some of the services we can provide:
-Complete nutrition assessment to develop a plan for a healthy lifestyle
-Individualized meal planning and recipes
-Analyze food intake
-Blood pressure screening, body fat measurements, blood sugar screening and cholesterol screening. A once a month meeting with a dietetic intern to discuss goals and progress will also be included. 

Students, employees, alumni, and community members are able to schedule free nutrition consultations with the dietetic interns. Upon completion of this form, you will then be sent information about how to schedule your first initial nutrition consultation with one of the interns. Consultations can be completed virtually or in-person, depending on the needs of the individual.

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Harper Happenings is a one-stop web page designed to include many of the student programs and events that are happening around the Harper College campus or in a virtual setting. Enhance your experience at Harper College virtually or in-person by participating in some of the many offerings that have been planned for you by departments across campus; from activities, performances and speakers, services, and club meetings, to workouts and intramural events, we encourage you to get involved and stay connected at Harper this semester. Click here to access the latest version of Harper Happenings.

In-Person Group Exercise Classes

Campus Recreation and Harper Wellness offer a variety of group exercise classes FREE for Harper students and Health and Recreation Center members! Our classes are led by certified group exercise instructors with expertise in providing motivating, challenging and fun group exercises classes to a wide range of populations. Formats include HIIT, strength, yoga, spin and full body circuit and total body barre. Our in-person group exercise classes are limited to ten participants (first come first served) to follow physical distancing protocols. Below is the summer group exercise class schedule. To learn more about the group exercise classes, which are included in membership, visit the Campus Recreation Group Exercise page.

Summer I Schedule Begins Monday, June 5 to July 16

Monday (no classes Monday, July 3)
9 – 9:55 a.m. Total Body Barre w/Cindy
12:15 - 1 p.m. Guided Flow Yoga w/Cat
6 – 6:55 p.m. ZUMBA ® w/Yumi

9 – 9:55 a.m. Guided Flow Yoga w/Cat
12 – 12:55 p.m. FST (Functional Strength Training) w/Julie
New Time! 5 – 5:55 p.m. Guided Flow Yoga w/Shiloh
6 – 6:55 p.m. Spin w/Pam

New - beginning week of July 17!
 9 – 9:55 a.m. ZUMBA ® w/MaryAnn
12 – 12:55 p.m. Yin Yoga w/Mary Kay
6 – 6:55 p.m. Power Hour w/Beth

12 – 12:55 p.m. Total Body Barre w/Cindy
New Time! 5 – 5:55 p.m. Pilates with Props w/Andrea and Nancy

Group Exercise Class Descriptions

FST (Functional Strength Training)

This class is designed to build lean and strong muscles while increasing overall endurance. Equipment includes a variety of hand weights, medicine balls, the body bar, resistance tubes and your own body weight for a total body workout. (All Levels)

Guided Flow Yoga

Guided Flow Yoga combines postures sequenced together in a dynamic precise nature to warm up the body, followed by athletic and physical postures that focus on body alignment, finished with longer poses to allow the muscles to surrender and stretch. This class is fully guided. (All Levels)

Pilates with Props

Pilates with props adds variety while targeting the core, legs, glutes and arms with the use of stability balls, small balls, Pilates rings, foam rollers and resistance bands. This is truly a complete workout that will leave you feeling energized, strong and stretched. (All Levels)

Power Hour

Join us for this interval based class utilizing a variety of equipment including, free weights, resistance bands, medicine balls, kettle bells and the BOSU. This class offers an inviting and meaningful workout experience for all who participate. (All Levels)


This high-energy studio cycling class will take you on an exciting journey of hill climbs, sprints, and intervals that focus on form, speed, strength, and endurance. Heart rate monitors will be available for checkout in the Spin Studio before class. (All Levels)

Total Body Barre

This class combines core training with easy to follow ballet exercises designed to lengthen and tone muscles. These body weight exercises will help activate the abdominals, pelvic floor, and lower back to strengthen the core, increase balance and enhance hip mobility. (All Levels)

Yin Yoga

Yin Yoga combines passive, longer held floor poses that targets the deep tissues, the connective tissues, and the deep fascia of the body. Poses are held for up to five minutes so the muscles can stop pulling or pushing and surrender. This class is fully guided. (All Levels)


ZUMBA® is a dance-based aerobic workout featuring movements inspired by various styles of Latin American, Hip Hop and Pop dance, and is set to Latin and World rhythms. (All Levels)

Last Updated: 1/3/24