The path to health
and well-being

Good health requires much more than regular visits to the doctor. It takes a more holistic view of our well-being that incorporates the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual elements of our lives. At Loyola, this approach is engrained in our Jesuit mission through the value of cura personalis—care of the whole person. That includes researching the science behind health and wellness, providing resources to improve people’s well-being, and educating professionals to go out into the field and provide better care to others.

Learn about the many ways Loyola is impacting the field of health—and how you can improve your own.

Learn something new from Loyola's experts

Making the most of your workout

The first step: asking why you want to work out in the first place, says Stephanie Wilson, director of Loyola’s Exercise Science program. MORE

The next chapter in cancer research

Loyola is attempting to become the first hospital system in the Chicago area to engineer CAR-T cells, a kind of living drug. MORE

Taming daily tension

Dianna Stencel from Loyola’s Wellness Center recommends mindfulness (with practice) as an everyday method to keep stress at bay. MORE

I want to understand what the brain is doing when it is regulating positive emotions, and how we can train it to do that more often.”
— Rebecca Silton, neuroscience expert

Read what Loyola experts in faith and psychology also have to say about happiness

Sharing her own words

Anna Wassman (BBA ’18) has taken her experience with breast cancer to social media in the hope of making a difference in others’ lives. MORE

Farm-to-table lifestyle

Where our food comes from has implications on our environment and community—so try eating more thoughtfully with some new recipes. MORE

Small, meaningful changes

Find out what tips Dr. Aaron Michelfelder (MD '97), Stritch’s chair of family medicine, gives to his patients to stay healthy. MORE

Discovering your inner athlete

Dave Vitel, Loyola’s assistant athletics director for sports performance, gives tips on finding the right training routine for you. MORE

Preparing for life change

Handling stress may have much more to do with personality type than circumstances, says Loyola's Colleen Conley, PhD, a clinical psychologist. MORE

Sugar shutdown

As a registered dietitian, Bridget Reiter (MS ’12) knows a lot about the dietary dangers lurking in people’s pantries and refrigerators. MORE

Understanding the heart

Two researchers at Stritch have made it their professional mission to understand exactly how the organ runs and how to ensure that it keeps running. MORE

Addressing a crisis

Students from majors across Loyola are learning together how to screen and intervene for drug or alcohol abuse. MORE

Preventing diabetes

Find out why diabetes educator Gloris Xynos-Taylor (MS ’09) believes that everyone should eat like they have the disease. MORE

Early start

Kelly Sierra of Loyola's Health Center at Proviso East High School understands how to talk to children and teens about nutrition. MORE

Understanding advance directives

At Loyola’s Advance Directive Clinic, Dr. Paul Hutchison, MD, helps patients plan for when they can no longer make their own medical decisions. MORE

Depression and the immune system

Angelos Halaris, medical director of adult psychiatry, has made the biology of depression his life’s work. MORE