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At Oberlin, hundreds of students participate in club or intramural sports, and more than one in 10 is a varsity athlete. Nearly all students and most faculty and staff use our athletics and recreation facilities — to lift weights, run on treadmills, swim, do yoga, or engage in some other physical activity out of sheer enjoyment, a desire to stay fit, or both.
Mental and emotional health is as important as physical health, though addressing it is an increasing challenge on college campuses. Students transitioning to college can experience anxiety and sometimes depression, and this phenomenon is becoming more common across institutions of higher learning. Meeting the challenges presented by mental and emotional health is one of our greatest obligations in order to ensure the academic success and personal growth of our students.