architectural detail from Bockman Hall on Luther Seminary campus

Healthy Leaders Program

Live well at Luther

This life, therefore, is not godliness but the process of becoming godly, not health but getting well, not being but becoming, not rest but exercise. We are not now what we shall be, but we are on the way. The process is not yet finished, but it is actively going on. This is not the goal but it is the right road. At present, everything does not gleam and sparkle, but everything is being cleansed.
                                                                                                               — Martin Luther

Well-being is not a constant state but an active changing state. Life brings change daily. It is also a process of balance. As Martin Luther said, it is about becoming and it is never finished.

Being aware and tending to our whole being puts us on the right road. Healthy Leaders Living Well at Luther is an opportunity for students to take part in activities offered at Luther which encourage the seven essential elements of well-being: Career Well-being, Social Well-being, Financial Well-being, Physical Well-being, Community Well-being, Intellectual Well-beingand Spiritual Well-being.

Recent studies cited in the New York Times and Sojourners find that the health of church leaders has diminished.  Stress and expectations make the care of the whole self both difficult and complicated.

Living Well at Luther brings a glimpse of what it means to be ready for the ministry of Jesus Christ. It is NOT easier to take care of ourselves later. The time is NOW. This program is for all Luther students and their spouses. 

Look for many Living Well at Luther activities offered on campus that will assist in the care of your whole self during this academic year!

Parish nurse

The Parish Nurse Ministry program at Luther Seminary is a holistic approach to health care combining aspects of faith and health. Through education and counseling, the parish nurse assists members of the Luther community with their health care choices.

An important facet of this ministry is the Healthy Leaders program.  Why become a healthy leader?

  • Become aware of your lifestyle and its impact on your well being.
  • Identify positive behaviors which will enable you to be good stewards of your God given gifts.
  • Model healthy lifestyles for those you will serve in the parish and community.

Office Hours (through April 2015)

Mondays (9 a.m. - 2 p.m.)
Thursdays (9 a.m. - 2 p.m.)
*Occasional Tuesday Mornings (9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)

Wholeness Wheel

Wholeness WheelThe Wholeness Wheel* is a guide to balancing all aspects of health. The wheel depicts the interconnectedness of the individual aspects of wellness.

You are the center of the wheel as a new creation through baptism and a member of the body of Christ. Within the wheel are the individual aspects of wellness:

  • physical
  • emotional
  • social/interpersonal
  • vocational
  • intellectual

To be whole means to keep these aspects in balance by intentionally nurturing and attending to each. If one area is neglected the whole will be out of balance.

Read more about the Wholeness Wheel at the Portico's Web site.

*The Wholeness Wheel, Copyright 1997 by the InterLutheran Coordinating Committee on Ministerial Health and Wellness of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.

Resources

Fitness facilities
God's Gym

God's GymLuther Seminary has its own fitness center, complete with weights and various exercise machines. It's located in the basement of Stub Hall. All students, faculty and staff are invited to make use of this resource. 

Luther Seminary's fitness center, God’s Gym, is located on the lower level of Stub Hall.

Amenities include:

  • Shower and locker area
  • Squat rack
  • Elliptical trainers
  • Universal machine
  • Multi-station universal gym
  • Exercise bikes
  • Treadmills
  • Bench press
  • Free weights
Swimming
  • St Anthony Village High School Pool
    (Under Parks and Recreation, then Swimming, then Open and Lap Swim)

  • Fairview Community Center

Fitness centers
Healthcare information
Local healthcare providers
Assistance with medications
Walking guides

At Luther Seminary, we're big on walking. We have a large and beautiful campus tucked away in a delightful neighborhood with plenty of routes that make for a pleasant walk.

We sent out some enthusiastic Healthy Leaders walkers to map out some of their favorite walking routes and, wearing pedometers, they found out how many steps they were able to chalk up toward their daily goal of 10,000 steps. (All routes begin and end at the Olson Campus Center.) Explore our walking guides to find the right route for you.

Have your own favorite run?

If you have your own favorite walk, but don't know how many miles it is, there's an easy way to find out! Try MapMyRun. What is it?

  • A free interactive mapping tool that can help you plot out your desired route and get a readout of the distance.
  • Offers calculators that can approximate the number of calories your workout burns, based on whether you walk, run or bike your route.
  • A great motivational site for tracking all your fitness progress.