There are so many ways you can fulfill your pledge to move more, eat healthier, be tobacco free. Here are a few answers to frequently asked questions that may help you reach your healthy lifestyle goals.

Move More: How can I stay fit and move more on campus?

Join the UofM Recreation Center!

Take full advantage of the Student Recreation and Fitness Center by joining today! For full-time students it is included in your fee so there is no additional charge. Reasonably priced memberships and per use fees are available for part-time students, faculty and staff. Just make an appointment with the membership office by calling 678-3459. Appointments are available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Drop-in visitors may initiate the membership process by inquiring at the front desk during recreation hours. For hours of operation, click here.

Other services include:

  • Fitness Assessments
  • Personal Training
  • Aquatics
  • Rental Equipment (Outdoor and indoor fun)
  • Massage

Try Zumba at the University Center

Look out for email notices on Zumba@Noon in the University Center. Some 4:30 p.m. classes are available. For more information email mhu@memphis.edu.

Sign up for Group Fitness Activity (with Membership at the Student Rec Center)

Get motivated by working out with others in various group fitness classes at the Student Recreation Center. Choose from Zumba, Cycle, Boot Camp, Pilates or Yoga. For times and classes click here.

Have fun by playing in intramural/club Sports and activities

A little competition doesn’t hurt anybody. Intermural sports programs are scheduled for UofM student groups (undergraduate and graduate), as well as faculty and staff. Tournament Leagues are generated for Greeks and Sororities, Residence Life, independent groups, religious groups, the Law School, and other units as needed. For more information call 678-2802 or 678-2812.

Intramural Handbook


Eat Healthier: I need help eating healthier; where can I find help on campus?

Look for the MHU Logo and Make the Right Food Choices

Tiger Dining supports the Memphis Healthy U initiative by making it easier for you to make healthier food choices at all of its on-campus restaurants. Look for the Memphis Healthy U logo on signs that feature healthier selections with calorie count at each Tiger Dining facility. (Need photo of sample signage). Consider walking over to Richardson Towers for $5.00 Mondays at Just 4 U or get a great salad and find lunches under 550 calories at Fresh Food Company.

Learn More by Growing Fruits and Vegetables

Did you know that we grow food on campus? Join the fun, pick free vegetables and learn more about TIGUrS garden by reading this article http://www.memphis.edu/bluegoesgreen/tigursgarden.php, visiting the TIGUrS Facebook group and/or contacting Karyl Buddington at kbudding@memphis.edu or 678-2359.

Read All about Eating Right

The University of Memphis Official Campus Store and Café, located right here on campus, features books that can help you take control of your diet. Click here to see what they offer LINK ADDRESS: http://www.bkstr.com/NavigationSearchDisplay/10001-4294966065-196405-1?demoKey=d&navActionType=addNewRefinement

The Campus Store is now serving low-fat or no-fat YoLo Yogurt at the Café.

Take a Course

There are plenty of courses you can take to learn more about eating right. PDF of course offerings on diet.

See How Our Students Helped a Community and Others Eat Healthier



What links can help me find the right food choices for me?

General Nutrition

Sports Nutrition


Food Allergies



Be Tobacco Free: I am trying to kick the habit. Where can I find support?

Look for these on-campus resources

Yes. UofM is committed to helping students, faculty and staff manage or overcome their tobacco use. The following resources are available to UofM students, faculty and staff:

  • Student Health Services
    • Behavior Change Counseling
    • Free for students!
    • Located on campus at 200 Hudson Health Center
    • Hours: by appointment or walk-in as available
    • 901.678.1141
  • Psychological Services Center
    • Behavior Change Counseling
    • Fee based on sliding scale starting at $7
    • Open Monday-Thursday 9:00 am - 8:00 pm, Friday 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
    • Located in the Psychology Building, Room 126
    • 901.678.2147
  • Staff and Faculty Help through HR Benefits

Faculty and staff may contact their respective insurance carrier for smoking cessation programs:

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS): 1.800.558.6213
  • CIGNA: 1.800.244.6224

If a regular benefits eligible employee does not have health insurance through the University’s benefits programs, as offered from the State of Tennessee, they may utilize the free services of the Employee Assistance Program (EAP):

1.855.Here4TN (1.855.437.3486), or by going online to www.Here4TN.com.


What other resources are available off-campus?

TARGIT Study – a research study for smokers ready to quit

  • Must be between 18-35
  • Eligible participants will receive free nicotine patches and smoking cessation counseling.
  • For more information call 901.448.STOP (448.7867) or targitstudy.org

Church Health Center – Commit to Quit

  • Smoking cessation group
  • Meets for 1 hour a week for 6 weeks
  • To sign up call 901.259.4673
  • Free for Members of the Church Health Center, $60 for non-members


  • Personalized tobacco cessation program
  • Can be done online or over the phone
  • Free for TN residents. Receive a tobacco quit kit, work with a coach, get support for cravings
  • Call 1.800.784.8669 or http://health.state.tn.us/tobaccoquitline.htm

American Cancer Society

Other Resources

For other resources please visit www.tobaccofreepartners.org for information on tobacco cessation classes available in our community. These classes are available at multiple locations year-round.

The Tennessee Department of Health and The American Cancer Society offer a free Quitline, 1.800.QUIT.NOW (1.800.784.8669), or at website: http://health.state.tn.us/tobaccoquitline.htm, with free resources in English and Spanish. Counselors are available 24 hours a day.

The National Cancer Institute offers a toll-free phone line, 1.877.44U.QUIT (1.877.448.7848), with access to English- and Spanish-speaking counselors.

Visit Smokefree.gov for additional resources.

For individuals who want to quit “cold turkey” without medical treatment of their nicotine addiction, go to www.whyquit.com.