Physical Wellbeing

Resources to help you maintain good health through medical care, diet, exercise, and rest.


people doing yoga outdoorsGeneral Physical Wellbeing

Health/Vision and Dental Care Plans - Cornell’s health plans (which include health insurance, dental and vision insurance, and prescription drug coverage) provide quality care options focused on preventative health care and treatment. 

Cornell Health  - select services offered to faculty and staff, including:

Cornell Wellness  - offers a variety of services and educational opportunities in the areas of fitness, nutrition, and general health programs, including:




Exercise & Recreation

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Cornell Wellness Recreation Membership, open to open to staff, faculty,  and their spouses/partners, and includes perks such as:

  • Group fitness classes and fitness facility use
  • Free lap swimming, ice skating at Lynah Rink, equipment rentals and more
  • Reduced fees at Merrill Sailing Center, Reis Tennis Center, Lindseth Climbing Wall

Walking maps - explore all the beautiful areas of campus.

Physical fitness videos - a series of videos by Cornell Wellness, providing easy to follow exercises, including stretching, strength training and more!

Cornell Tech and Weill Cornell Medicine employees can receive discounts on gym memberships at NYC Sports Clubs via the Corporate Fitness Program (pdf).



Cornell’s offers a myriad of recreational opportunities on campus:



Food & Diet

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Food & Diet

Meal Choice Program by Cornell Dining –  Convenient, cash-free access to Cornell Dining's award-winning eateries, campus vending machines with card readers, and Ithaca-area restaurants participating in City Bucks for Cornell employees (employee ID needed).  10% discount at food retail locations on campus.

Fresh produce through CSAs  - Community and student-run CSA's with campus delivery or pickup options.

East Hill Farmer’s Market and Ag Quad Farmer’s Market - check out local produce and fare at these convenient campus locations!

Cooking demos  - Short and easy to follow cooking videos on a variety of topics presented by Cornell Wellness.

Cornell Food Pantry  - Free, confidential access to food and personal care items is available to Cornell undergraduate and graduate students, as well as Cornell staff and faculty.  Cornell Food Pantry continues to maintain its regular operating hours. They will be closed for spring break, and then resume regular hours on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 (Tuesdays and Thursdays 4-7 pm, Wednesdays and Fridays 10 am-1 pm, and Sundays 12-3 pm).








Health Challenges

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Navigating Health Challenges - Cornell-specific resource guide for support with challenges such as cancer, mental health, substance abuse, work scheduling, caregiving, and finances.

Cancer Support Group - On-campus monthly meetings for faculty, staff, students, and retirees who have been diagnosed with or have had cancer.

Travel Assistance to NYC for Medical Appointments - (Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this offering is currently paused). Cornell University Transportation Services provides round-trip bus tickets on the Campus-to-Campus Bus to current employees (and one caregiver/companion), free of charge, for purposes of health care and other emergencies.  Request assistance through the Travel Assistance Form.

Flexible work arrangements: Cornell offers a variety of flexible work arrangements to support the wellbeing of our employees.  Although not all positions can take advantage of these arrangements,  often other types of flexibility can be integrated into the workplace.

Tobacco Cessation Support:  Looking for some assistance quitting cigarettes, chew or vaping? Cornell Wellness offers no-cost individual tobacco/smoking cessation sessions that are designed to help you prepare to quit the habit.



Safety Matters

aerial view of woman crossing stone bridge over gorge in autumnSafety Matters

There are several departments responsible for emergency preparedness, environmental health/safety, and overall public safety of the Cornell community.

Cornell Police – Crime Prevention, Workplace Safety - (call 5-1111 from a campus telephone, or 911) - Cornell Police Department operates 24 hours/day, 365 days/year. It is the primary emergency response agency for campus and offers various safety services for the community.

Domestic violence and sexual violence resources -  Cornell University is committed to providing resources to employees who are victims of domestic violence.

Discrimination, Harassment, and Bias - Anyone who directly witnesses or experiences bias activity (or finds evidence of or hears about past bias activity) on the Cornell campus or in an area that impacts the Cornell community should report it immediately.

Emergency Mass Notifications - Cornell utilizes an Emergency Mass Notification system (voice, email, text, siren, etc) to alert campus of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of the University community.

Weather Emergencies - Adverse weather conditions can be challenging in our area.   Condition updates such as delayed university openings/closings as well as road closings are available at this site.

Gorge Safety - Learn about practicing safety at all times when hiking or using the trails on the two gorges that run through Cornell's campus.

Musculoskeletal Injury Prevent Program / Ergonomic Space Recommendations - Ergonomics assessment, training, and planning services are available to the university community free of charge.  See this helpful video on Creating Effective Workspaces and a tip sheet to help guide you.

Environmental Health and Safety  - Environmental Health and Safety provides training and guidance in laboratory safety, occupational safety, environmental compliance, fire safety, event safety, and emergency preparedness and response.




woman walking on campus with service dogTrans Inclusion at Cornell – Cornell is committed to creating a safe and respectful campus for all members of the community, including those of all gender identities and expression. Contact health insurance provider for coverage options related to transgender medical care.

Disability/Accessibility Resources - Providing an accessible, usable and welcoming environment for faculty, staff, students and visitors with disabilities.

Workplace accommodations - Employees with a qualified disability who need assistance to complete their work can apply for a disability accommodation.

Fitness center accessibility - Cornell's Fitness Centers offer a variety of accessibility options.

Red Runner Campus Transportation - Cornell will provide FREE door-to-door transportation via Red Runner for staff and faculty with disabilities who are participating in university-related activities or taking advantage of the benefits of employment at Cornell.

Disability Colleague Network Group - Raises awareness, provides educational resources and support, and offers peer mentorship for faculty and staff working with short-term or long-term disabilities, their supervisors, colleagues, allies, and other supporters.


See Mental Wellbeing for resources on counseling, stress, mindfulness, and relaxation.