Fitness & Wellness

Access to Harvard’s programs and facilities for overall wellness provide essential opportunities to exercise, manage stress and stay healthy. Facilities are convenient to campus and memberships are inexpensive. 

Fitness Reimbursement

Harvard’s two medical plans, HUGHP and BCBSMA, both provide a fitness reimbursement for members of up $150 per year for membership at gyms/fitness facilities or eligible weight-loss program. For 2021, this benefit will continue to cover cardiovascular-related online fitness class subscriptions; fitness equipment is not covered.

Check with your health plan provider for details about eligible expenses and reimbursement instructions. Español - Solicitud de reembolso por acondicionamiento físico.

Harvard Athletics Facilities

Harvard’s athletics facilities and resources are available to staff, faculty, students, alumni and eligible family members. Annual or semester memberships, expert personal training and fitness classes offer as many options as private gyms, at reasonable rates.

The facilities include gyms in several convenient locations with cardio and weight rooms and locker and towel services. Depending upon the facility, there are also basketball and squash courts, pools, personal training rooms, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, rowing, sailing, skating and more. Some facilities require additional membership fees.

Inexpensive memberships are available online. For a small additional cost, members may take advantage of exercise classes, including cycling, Zumba, yoga, total body conditioning, rowing and more. Those with 15+ years of Harvard service receive additional membership discounts.

For more information, visit the Athletics Department website

BodyScapes Fitness

Benefits-eligible staff and faculty at Harvard Medical School and the School of Dental Medicine receive discounted memberships and services at BodyScapes (617-738-9229). You must provide BodyScapes with your ID badge when you sign up. BodyScapes has programs designed to meet individual needs, including weight loss, stress management, cardiovascular endurance and overall health.

Benefits-eligible staff and faculty members of BodyScapes may use any BodyScapes facility, as well as Vanderbilt Hall. The location nearest the Longwood Campus is 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur.

The Center for Wellness and Health Promotion

Discover mind and body health with Harvard's Center for Wellness and Health Promotion. Programs and services include massage, acupuncture, yoga, tai chi, meditation and more. Offered at very competitive rates (with even higher discounts for HUGHP members); call 617-495-9629 to schedule an appointment or visit their website.

The Center for Wellness sponsors free programs for the entire community, such as weekly group walks and runs and outdoor drop-in classes during the warmer months.