Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 71.65
Liaison Laura Bain
Submission Date Jan. 19, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Furman University
PA-13: Wellness Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Laura Bain
Associate Director of Sustainability Assessment
David E. Shi Center for Sustainability
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Does the institution have a wellness program that makes counseling, referral, and wellbeing services available to all students?:
Yes

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

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

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

For students, we always have a nurse on duty and a local physician on call to treat common illnesses, dispense over-the-counter medications, and provide care for chronic illnesses. Aside from routine and emergency medical care, we also offer a women’s clinic, a sports medicine/physical therapy center, counseling center, and alcohol and drug education.

The mission of the Employee Furman University Wellness Program is to provide environmental, social, and individual support to encourage the Furman community to engage in healthy lifestyles that promote optimal well-being. This program focuses on physical, financial, social/community, career, and emotional well-being. Staff and faculty are provided information on how to access the program through the benefits guide and HR communication.

Mental health and wellbeing are important. Therefore, Furman provides all faculty and staff with access to WellTrack, an interactive online self-help tool. It includes guided tools and resources for stress, anxiety and depression, relaxation techniques, a virtual Zen room, MoodCheck – the daily mood tracker, and a personal progress dashboard. This tool is completely confidential and FREE.

Human Resources offers workshops related to health and wellness, available to all employees. For example: “The Three R’s of Stress Management: Rethink, Reframe, Relax.” In the seminar, participants define stress and stomp out the myths that often keep people stressed. Participants also use self-assessments to learn how they think about themselves and how they process information. Finally, participants will learn positive psychology, mindfulness, and other data-driven techniques that can bring relaxation to their lives.

A free four-week course for faculty on mindfulness and meditation led by Min-Ken Liao and Meghan Slining. In this course, we will explore different mindfulness techniques, discuss personal practice experiences, and enjoy each other’s mindful presence.


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