Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) partnered with HealthFitness in 2002 to manage its Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center. The fitness center complex and HealthFitness staff service 10,000 students and 4,000 faculty and staff. With nearly 1,000,000 annual visits, offerings include recreation, fitness and aquatics (including swim lessons), group exercise, personal training, massage, physical education, and wellness programming.
Challenge: One out of five MIT students screened positive for depression.
The prevalence of mental health risks on MIT’s campus, and other university campuses, is a major risk factor students face.
Solution: Target mental health risk through engagement in physical activity
To address barriers students at higher risk for mental health issues were facing in getting physically active, the HealthFitness staff worked with Student Support Services to implement ENGINEERyourHEALTH PLUS, a three-year pilot program. Download the MIT Case Study to learn the results of the program.