OWWL: Older Women’s Wellness for Life

Older Women's Wellness for Life (OWWL; a program that evolved from our Alumni Health and Wellness Program) is a one-day event designed for women ages 55 and older to invest in themselves. The day's schedule includes health and fitness assessments along with the creation of a personalized physical activity/exercise plan. Participants will also attend workshops on topics related to nutrition, motivation, and the importance of physical activity for women's health.

Sample Schedule
7:00AM - Welcome11:30AM - Cooking Demo
7:15AM - Blood work, DEXA, and Questionnaires1:00PM - Walk or shuttle to Godwin
7:30AM - Breakfast1:30PM - Roundtable Discussion
8:15AM - Welcome2:30PM - Physical Activity Workshop
8:30AM - Roundtable Discussion3:30PM - Snack/break
9:10AM - Group Photo3:45PM - Discussion of Data Results
9:30AM - Fitness Testing4:30PM - Shuttle to hotel
11:15AM - Shuttle to HBS6:00PM - Dinner in Harrisonburg

Spring 2023 Program:

The 2023 Older Women’s Wellness for Life program will be held on Saturday, April 29th. The event registration has reached capacity however, we are accepting waitlist registrations at this time.

To register for the waitlist, please use the link below. The payment link is included at the end of registration, but can also be accessed here:

If you have any questions about the Spring 2023 OWWL program, please send an email to morrisonbrucecenter@jmu.edu. We would love to connect with you!

Lodging Information

We have reserved a block of rooms at Hotel Madison on JMU's campus. Hotel Madison is providing us a special rate of $147/night under the group name of "Morrison Bruce Center." You are responsible for booking and paying for your own room. Reservations should be made as soon as possible as only rooms booked by March 28th are guaranteed our discounted rate.

710 S Main St
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
Phone: (540) 564-0200

Note: We will be providing transportation to and from the hotel on Saturday if needed.

please feel free to contact us at morrisonbrucecenter@jmu.edu if you have any questions.

OWWL 2022 in Review

The 2022 program was our first in-person program since the pandemic. Program components included clinical and exercise testing, a cooking demonstration, a sound bathing experience at the Arboretum, and a chair yoga class. Additionally, attendees participated in discussions focused on ecopsychology, immunology, and plant-based diets. Before leaving, each participant received a personalized exercise plan created by JMU exercise science students. These prescriptions, along with testing results, were explained and demonstrated thoroughly by the Morrison Bruce Center staff.

Check out photos from previous events!