Students Challenged to Focus on Academic, Cultural, and Environmental Wellness

During the first seven weeks of the Winter 2019 semester at Bemidji State University, students were challenged to display different types of wellness through social media as part of the Best You @ BSU’s “7 Weeks of Wellness” initiative.

Each week, Best You @ BSU, a program intended to help students recognize the wellness resources and opportunities on campus, encouraged students to seek out wellness themes and share a photo on social media for a chance to win a prize. Themes ranged from physical wellness to cultural and career wellness.

“The goal of this contest was to get students to think about ways they practice different areas of wellness in a way that they would enjoy,” Morgan Hanegraaf, a senior from Faribault, Minn. majoring in social work and a student representative on the Best You @ BSU committee, said. “Through the process, we hope that they realized pathways where they are thriving and also take note of areas where they could grow.”

7 Weeks of Wellness Themes

Week 1 – Physical Wellness: Students were challenged to display ways they practice physical wellness, whether it be running, hiking, yoga or other exercises to get the body moving. Kendall Kampsen, a junior from Belgrade, Minn. majoring in exercise science, won a FitBit.

Week 2 – Cultural Wellness: Students were challenged to show their cultural wellness by sharing different religions, traditions or values that are important to them. Lindsey Pfaff, a senior from Princeton, Minn. majoring in community health, Christa Benson, a senior from North Mankatoa, Minn. majoring in design, Savanna Hagerty, a senior from Cornelia, Georgia majoring in music education, Anna Ames, a senior from Moorhead, Minn. majoring in music education, Ni Made Dwi Dharmiyanti, a student majoring in business administration, and Anna Brielmaier, a junior from Madison Lake, Minn. majoring in nursing each won a choice of a hat or t-shirt.

Week 3 – Financial Wellness: Students were challenged to showcase their financial wellness by using coupons, saving change, shopping at thrift stores or highlighting other way they spend their money wisely. Morgan Weller, a senior from Belgrade, Minn. majoring in exercise science, and Lauren Blomberg, a freshman from Bemidji, Minn., won $25 gift cards to the BSU bookstore.

Week 4 – Social Wellness: Students were challenged to show their social wellness by spending time with friends, going to campus events or interacting with other students. Ni Made Dwi Dharmiyanti, Kendall Kampsen, Jessica Olds, a sophomore from Lake Elmo, Minn. majoring one exercise science, and Madison Hahn, a senior from Warroad, Minn. majoring in social work, won Beaver hockey tickets.

Week 5 – Emotional Wellness: Students were challenged to show their emotional wellness through healthy relationships, taking care of their mental health or expressing emotions in a productive way. Kameron Moffatt, a junior from Clear Lake, Minn. majoring in business administration, and Jaymi Nelson, a senior from Akeley, Minn. majoring in psychology and criminal justice, won $30 gift cards to local restaurants.

Week 6 – Environmental Wellness: Students were challenged to show how they are practice environmental wellness by recycling, enjoying the outdoors or impacting the environment in a positive way. Morgan Weller and Mattie Osborn, a senior from Bemidji, Minn. majoring in wildlife biology, each one a Minn. state park pass.

Week 7 – Academic and Career Wellness: Students were challenged to display their academic and career wellness by polishing up their resumes, studying or preparing for their future. Nicole Hendrickson, a sophomore from Bemidji, Minn. majoring in wildlife biology, and Rebecca Knudson, a senior from Cambridge, Minn. majoring in nursing and community health, won $40 gift cards to purchase for interview attire at JC Penney’s.



Bemidji State University, located amid the lakes and forests of northern Minnesota, occupies a wooded campus along the shore of Lake Bemidji. Enrolling more than 5,100 students, Bemidji State offers more than 80 undergraduate majors and eight graduate degrees encompassing arts, sciences and select professional programs. BSU is a member of the Minnesota State system of colleges and universities and has a faculty and staff of more than 550. The university’s Shared Fundamental Values include environmental stewardship, civic engagement and international and multicultural understanding. For more, visit or find us at BemidjiState on most of your favorite social media networks.