Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 74.09
Liaison Merry Rankin
Submission Date Aug. 30, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Iowa State University
PA-13: Wellness Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Stephanie Downs
Wellness Coordinator
ISU WellBeing
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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 :

Student Wellness promotes a holistic wellness philosophy that is intentional and flexible depending upon a student's needs, including but not limited to stress, sleep anxiety, substance use/abuse, sexual and relationship violence, sexual health, eating well, finances, and spirituality.

Peer Wellness Educators are paid student employees who work with other ISU students to promote wellness and student success through engaging strategies. Student Health and Wellness Ambassadors is a new student organization that will collaborate with four departments (Recreation Services, Theilen Student Health, Student Counseling Services, and Student Health and Wellness) to further the philosophy of holistic wellness.

Collegiate Recovery Community provides support and outreach to students recovering from substance abuse. This includes sponsorship and promotion of substance-free activities.

Green Dot training aims to decrease power-based personal violence on campus by providing education, outreach, and development as mechanisms for increasing awareness and competency around bystander intervention skills.

Cyde Kicks: Peer Health Coaching is a collaborative, solution-focused, result-oriented and systematic process in which a peer health coach works with another student to facilitate the enhancement of health, life experience, self-directed learning, and personal growth. Peer Health Coaching involves in-depth conversations to help students work towards a behavior change goal.

ISU WellBeing provides programming and services to staff and faculty at the university. Like Student Wellness, ISU WellBeing has a holistic approach to wellness by promoting six elements of well-being: mental, physical, spiritual, emotional, financial, and community. Programming and services for ISU WellBeing are driven by three data sets: health care claims data (benefit-eligible employees), the Well-being Assessment in Adventure2 (63% completion rate for registered users), and the Campus Climate survey.

Top issues identified in the last two years include mental health/anxiety, physical condition, sleep and back pain, handling change, and a sense of connection and belonging. Workshops and guest speakers on these top issues are facilitated year-round and open to the university community. Departments and units are also able to request onsite, customized workshops, retreats, and trainings. In addition, Adventure2 an online, interactive well-being program, provides staff and faculty with opportunities to explore, learn, and increase all areas of well-being. This program runs annually from September – August. Challenges are selected based on the user experience and change over the course of the year to address needs. A Well-being Champions network was established to provide for improved communication, more targeted programming, and enhanced feedback channels directly connecting employees to ISU WellBeing programs and services.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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