Remote instruction will be extended through the first two weeks of the semester. On-campus offices are closed and student services are being provided virtually through January 29. In-person classes and services will resume January 31. The Health and Recreation Center remains open. Learn more

Wellness Events

Buddy System Program: Spring 2022

The Harper College Buddy System program is an initiative to help connect Harper students who would like to meet new friends or establish connections with other Harper students (whether you're taking in-person or virtual classes). We know college can be a big adjustment – whether you’re transitioningfour people smiling in a group from high school, another college, coming back to college after some time away or you just want to get to know more students at Harper– the Buddy System connects you with another Harper student! After completing the online form, Harper College staff will match students with another student who also filled out the online form and introduce one another via their Harper emails. Participants in the program will receive weekly discussion topics/resources to help facilitate conversation their buddy, invited to special social opportunities, free t-shirt and other fun and free promotional items will be provided to participants throughout the semester.

Students must complete the form by Friday, February 4, 2022 in order to be effectively matched with another student.

FREE Flu Shots for Students

With any fall season it also means it’s flu season! While getting your COVID vaccination is important, it’s equally important to receive your flu vaccine every year to help reduce flu-related illness and hospitalizations in your communities. Students can receive a free flu shot from Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH). Stop by the Health and Recreation Center, Building M (front desk), anytime during the Fall 2021 semester to pick up your FREE flu shot voucher. You can then proceed to take your flu voucher to Northwest Community Healthcare Harper College location (1200 West Algonquin Rd., Building M) to receive your flu shot anytime beginning Monday, October 4, 2021. Appointments are not necessary. Students do not need insurance to receive the flu vaccine. Vouchers can only be redeemed at the Harper College NCH location, located in Building M. Students must show their student identification card and their free flu shot voucher when arriving to NCH in order to be eligible. Pick up your flu shot voucher while supplies last! 

Student and Employee IntramuralsPhoto of employees and students dancing to Zumba music.

Check back soon for more student and employee intramural dates!

Intramural sports open play is open to anyone eighteen years or older with a valid ID. Each week brings a different activity at the Health and Recreation Center (Building M). Intramural open play is free to Health and Recreation Center members. Non-members may purchase a $5 Intramural Sports Play Pass on the day of each event. Bonus! Participate in all four weeks and receive a Campus Recreation Intramural Champion t-shirt.

Free Nutrition Consultations: Spring 2022

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.

Here is a list of some of the services we can provide:
1. Complete nutrition assessment and develop a plan for a healthy lifestyle
2. Individualized meal planning and recipes
3. Analyze food intake
4. Blood pressure screening, body fat measurements, blood sugar screening and cholesterol screening
5. Once a month meeting with a dietetic intern to discuss goals, progress

Students, employees and alumni members are able to schedule free nutrition consultations with the dietetic interns. In order to participate, you must complete the registration form. Upon completion of the form, you will then be sent information about how to schedule your first initial nutrition consultation with one of the interns. 

Questions? Please contact Beth Ripperger, Harper Wellness Manager, at

Diabetes Support Network: Spring 2022

Living with and managing diabetes, as well as managing a person's overall nutrition habits, is not always an easy task for many individuals. Rather than feeling alone during your journey with diabetes and/or supporting those with diabetes, or just simply trying to get a handle on your overall nutrition, Harper College has formed a network to allow individuals from Harper who are living with diabetes (or are helping someone manage their own diabetes), as well as folks who are just looking to improve their overall nutrition, to come together to share their stories, experiences and resources. The group is led and managed by a registered dietitian, Mia Greco, MSNW, MPH, RD, LDN and Adjunct Faculty/Clinical Supervisor in the Nutrition Department at Harper College. 

The group meets monthly. Attendance at all of the meetings is not mandatory. Attend as your schedule allows. WebEx meeting or in-person meeting invites will be sent to participants after they have registered.

Spring 2022 Semester Meeting Dates:

-Thursday, January 27 (1:00pm - 2:00pm)
-Thursday, February 24 (1:00pm - 2:00pm)
-Thursday, March 31 (1:00pm - 2:00pm)
-Thursday, April 28 (1:00pm - 2:00pm)
-Thursday, May 19 (1:00pm - 2:00pm)

Please complete the Diabetes Support Network form in order to be included on the WebEx invites and other communications.

Harper Happenings

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. 

Bystander Intervention Training

Bystander Intervention Training is an educational workshop that teaches students and employees the necessary tools to prevent and safely intervene when bias, harassment, potential violence or other problematic behaviors occur in various environments and situations. The workshop aims to empower students and employees to help address and prevent harassment, discrimination and violence from occurring in everyday environments such as classrooms or workplaces. To learn more about the training and upcoming training dates, please visit the Bystander Intervention page

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. Masks are also required and we have implemented preventative cleaning procedures. 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. 

Fall Schedule through December 19, 2021

6 - 6:50 a.m. Spin w/Mary Kay
9 - 9:50 a.m. Total Body Barre w/Cindy
6 - 6:50 p.m.  Zumba w/Yumi

9 - 9:50 a.m. Yoga w/Cat 
12 - 12:50 p.m. FST (Functional Strength Training) w/Julie

6 - 6:50 a.m. Pilates Mat w/Nancy
9 - 9:50 a.m. Spin w/Jenn
6 - 6:50 p.m. HITT w/Beth

9 - 9:50 a.m. FST (Functional Strength Training) w/Julie 
12 - 12:50 p.m.  Full Body Barre w/Cindy

9:30 - 10:20 a.m. HIIT w/Beth 


Last Updated: 12/21/21