The American Heritage Dictionary defines "wellness" as "The condition of good physical and mental health, especially when maintained by proper diet, exercise, and habits." Although many components of wellness fall outside the influence of the classroom, some course policies and practices can make a substantial difference. When considering wellness and the classroom, therefore, teachers cannot expect to shape all parts of the learning environment; many elements are beyond our control. Even well-organized students experience high stress when they encounter surprises, such as unexpected assignments with short due dates. Maintaining a regular schedule of course work can encourage the development of good time-management skills. Outside the classroom, faculty often advise students. Typically, the faculty role focuses on academic issues, but issues of wellness also arise. Students typically have direct, regular contact with faculty and faculty advisors, and this may allow faculty to observe problems related to academics or wellness at a relatively early phase.