Health & Wellness

Health & Wellness

The College’s EAP provides a wealth of resources including clinical emotional health, wellness, and work and life benefits for you and your covered dependents. Faculty and staff can access the EAP for short-term confidential counseling at 1-855-789-5915 (24-hours/7 days a week) and register using company code: tceap

HealthAdvocate has made available a recorded webinar on the emotional impact of coronavirus and provides recommendations on how to handle anxiety and fears. This webinar can be accessed at any time.

Aetna Resources for Living (RFL) is offering support and resources to individuals and organizations regarding the Coronavirus. Through this liberalization, those in need of support can access RFL services, as follows:

  • In-the-moment phone support to help callers cope with the emotional impact of the event: 833-327-2386
  • Here for you – RFL’s article on how to stay healthy and ease stress during this time of uncertainty
  • Ways to keep CALM – A webinar from RFL with details on the CALM approach to reduce anxiety during the pandemic
  • Additional recommended resources – Links to reliable resources, including an article on speaking to kids about coronavirus

Please feel free to take advantage of these additional resources during this time.

We know a lot of our colleagues are into keeping fit. In this current pandemic, the gyms are closed so we do not have the luxury of our monthly gym memberships to keep us fit. Social distancing is in effect and some people do not feel comfortable going out for a run.

We have pulled together some free resources to help you stay fit and healthy during home-isolation:

TC Community Fitness | Yoga (sponsored by the Office of Graduate Student Life & Development)

Stefania Marchitelli, a masters student in the Biobehavioral Sciences Department and certified yoga instructor, will teach a 45-minute Vinyasa Yoga class every Tuesday evening at 6:00 p.m. No yoga mat? No problem! Grab a towel, blanket or simply head to a carpeted area of your home. All experience levels warmly welcome! Visit Events for more details.

TC Community Fitness | Zumba (sponsored by the Office of Graduate Student Life & Development)
Anna, TC's Zumba instructor, is taking the dance party VIRTUAL! Join her every Monday from 6:00-7:00 p.m. to get moving. Visit Events for more details.

Planet Fitness is offering free online workout sessions being streamed live on Planet Fitness’s Facebook page or YouTube channel daily at 7 p.m. ET and also available to watch later, for those who cannot join in the live stream.

The Spiritual Mind and Body Institute at Teachers College through various partners, have provided a list of mindfulness practice websites and apps to help our TC Community cope during these trying times.

Health Journeys
Posting a different free audio meditation etc. each day.

Insight Timer App
A free app with a large collection of free meditations anywhere


We are socially distanced from doing many of the activities that were once simple. But, social distancing does not equal total isolation and having to be focused solely on work-related tasks. Staying in touch with the outside world is important to our overall well-being. During the work day time flies by and it is rare for some people to take a lunch break, which helps to readjust our focus on our daily tasks. It is suggested that you take a break, have lunch, do something away from the screen for lunch.

After work, stay connected to loved ones - get creative - have a virtual dinner, dance party, virtual happy hours or try an app like Houseparty which allows you to invite friends to play games over video chat.

New York State has an emotional support hotline to assist New Yorkers who feel anxious or stressed during this pandemic.

The Emotional Support Line provides free and confidential support, helping callers experiencing increased anxiety due to the coronavirus emergency. The Help Line is staffed by volunteers, including mental health professionals, who have received training in crisis counseling.

NYS Emotional Support Resources:
NYS Emotional Support Line: 1-844-863-9314
NYS Office of Mental Health website - 

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