Healthy Choices

The Mount Mercy Health Services Department encourages the best choices for a healthy lifestyle, and its goal is to assist students, faculty and staff in the process of learning to independently select healthy behavior. A healthy lifestyle encompasses intellectual, social, spiritual, physical, emotional and occupational components. The entire Mount Mercy community can participate in any of our programs.

Student Health 101

Mount Mercy provides Student Health101 as a service to students and parents in our ongoing effort to encourage a life-long commitment to personal health and wellness. Student Health 101 is a national publication.  As such, Mount Mercy does not control, nor do we endorse, editorial content provided by Health 101 contributors.

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According to the Mayo Clinic, walking is a gentle, low-impact exercise that can ease you into a higher level of fitness and health with numerous benefits. Mount Mercy's campus offers a safe and beautiful space to walk and enjoy the outdoors. We've outlined several routes ranging from less than a mile to over 2.5 miles that start right on the Hill. Download the campus area walking map or tunnel map and get moving!

Walking can help you:

  • Lower low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (the "bad" cholesterol)
  • Raise high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (the "good" cholesterol)
  • Lower your blood pressure
  • Reduce your risk of or manage type 2 diabetes
  • Manage your weight
  • Improve your mood
  • Stay strong and fit