Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 69.69
Liaison Deborah Steinberg
Submission Date Feb. 7, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Carnegie Mellon University
PA-13: Wellness Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Kelley Shell
Health Promotion Program Director
Health Department
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Does the institution have a wellness program that makes counseling, referral, and wellbeing services available to all students?:

Does the institution have a wellness and/or employee assistance program that makes counseling, referral, and wellbeing services available to all staff?:

Does the institution have a wellness and/or employee assistance program that makes counseling, referral, and wellbeing services available to all faculty?:

A brief description of the institution’s wellness and/or employee assistance program(s), including information to support each affirmative response above :

In its Strategic Plan 2025, Carnegie Mellon includes among its goals, "Encourage individuals to pursue a high quality of life, to develop their talents and interests and to value physical, emotional and spiritual health throughout their lifetimes." Although the plan contains recommendations to go even further than we currently do to achieve this goal, we currently do a great deal. For example:

Faculty or staff have access to CMU's Employee Assistance Program (EAP), provided by Guidance Resources for themselves and their household members. Use of the Guidance Resources services is free and 100% confidential. Employees and their families can choose face-to-face consulting and services, web resources, or telephone services. Services include but are not limited to: counseling for stress, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, tools for managers and supervisors, child and elder care resources and referrals, financial planning and counseling, legal support and resources, and tobacco cessation support, as well as online articles, self-assessments and tutorials to support for physical and emotional health.

Human Resources sponsors annual flu vaccines for faculty and staff.

To promote being physically active Athletics, Aquatics, and Recreational and Fitness facilities are state of the art and available for the CMU community with a valid CMU ID. There are 70+ Group X-ercise classes offered a week at no cost to the faculty, staff, and students.

A monthly BeWell@CMU newsletter offers a comprehensive resource for CMU students, faulty, and staff regarding wellness inspired events, announcement, and professional and personal development opportunities. The Mindfulness room, open 24 hours a day, is a space to rest, breathe, and relax with no agenda. A free subscription to Headspace, a mindfulness and meditation app is available to faculty, students, and staff. A variety of meditation sessions are provided to the campus community. The Mindful Living course, Mental Health First Aid, Project Smile, and Thrive are programs offered.

Nutrition services and education are provided through a collaboration with Dining Services and University Health Services. Dining Services makes it a priority to implement programs and practices that are healthier for the CMU community and the environment.
Dining vendors on CMU’s campus purchase foods from local farms and vendors to help support the Pittsburgh community, provide fresher foods and cut down on pollution. Chartwells, our primary dining vendor, buys nearly 20% of their food from local vendors and serves milk from a local dairy at all of their locations. Dining Services also provides a nutrition calculator and advice for special dining needs including vegan; vegetarian; kosher; halal and food allergies. Please see additional details of our Sustainable Dining practices in OP-8.

A comprehensive approach through University Health Services includes Green Dot training, LGBTQIA+ care, Unconscious Bias training, Safe Zone, and Collegiate Recovery Community. Counseling & Psychological Services (CaPS) provides a safe, confidential environment for students, faculty, staff, and family members to talk about personal and academic concerns. Community initiatives for health educational programs are presented by the Peer Health Advocates. The Health Promotion Team supports the health and well-being of the CMU community through clinical services, health education programs and campus initiatives.

Every three years University Health Services, Counseling & Psychological Services, and University Athletics partner with Institutional Research and Analysis to conduct a Community Health Assessment on the Pittsburgh campus. Our goal is for everyone to come to campus healthy and leave healthier by using the resources provided to them.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

The websites where information about related programs or initiatives are available at:
Human Resources EAP Guidance Resources
Human Resources Your Work and Life Healthy Living Campus Resources
University Health Services Nutrition
Dining Services
Dining Services Sustainability
Nutrition Calculator
Special Dining Needs
Group X-ercise
Group X On Demand Fitness Classes
Athletics, Aquatics, Fitness, Recreation Facilities
Campus Wellness Be Well
Campus Wellness Mindfulness
Mindfulness Initiatives
Mindfulness Training
Enhancing Campus Culture Initiatives
University Health Services
University Health Services Stress Management Resources
Counseling and Psychological Services (CaPS)
Counseling and Psychological Services Resources
University Health Services Health Promotion

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