Holistic Health and Wellness

Andover recognizes and nurtures the strong link between physical and emotional well-being, and contributors enabled the Academy to strengthen its holistic health imperative. It’s rooted in best practices and framed in a thoughtful, culturally responsive manner by the team at the Sykes Wellness Center—which was funded through early campaign gifts—and by so many across the school.

  • The school expanded its Empathy, Balance, and Inclusion (EBI) curriculum to all four years, examining issues related to self-care, healthy relationships, and mindful decision-making through small peer groups and faculty-led seminars.
  • With gifts large and small, donors created the Class of 1962 Fund for Student Mental Wellness and the Class of 1966 Rx Fund, both providing critical support for emergent and ongoing needs and key programming.
  • In particular, the Sykes Wellness Center now sponsors regular and wide-ranging wellness workshops for students and has launched access to remote-based telecounseling as well.
  • The Big Blue Be Well initiative—based on the six pillars of lifestyle medicine—sparked self-affirming wellness education for students campuswide.
Amy Patel Dean of Health and Wellness and Chief Medical Officer

Perspectives from Dr. Amy Patel

From the moment students arrive on campus, they are in our charge. It’s a privilege we take very seriously at the Sykes Wellness Center.

Throughout the campaign, we partnered with Knowledge & Goodness donors in our commitment to safeguard and empower all learners and provide them with the very best, comprehensive care possible.

Every single investment—in our state-of-the-art facilities, in pandemic funding, in classroom programming, and more—allows us to be strategic and proactive as we respond to our evolving health-care needs. This ongoing collaboration guides us daily in our driving efforts to build lasting healthy habits at Andover and beyond.