Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 72.32
Liaison Merry Rankin
Submission Date Aug. 29, 2022

STARS v2.2

Iowa State University
PA-14: 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 academic staff?:

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

A brief description of the institution’s wellness and/or employee assistance program(s):
The University provides an employee well-being program and an employee assistance program for all benefit-eligible employees, including faculty, staff, and post docs. ISU WellBeing was established in 2014 and has continued to grow in scope and service for the last eight years. In the early years, workshops and trainings were provided for all employees including services of our EAP. In 2017, ISU WellBeing launched our online portal, Adventure2, that provides activities, nudges, and educational information on all areas of well-being, including physical, emotional, mental, environmental, and financial well-being. In addition, prevention services such as annual screenings and flu vaccines are promoted. The program even goes beyond traditional well-being to focus truly driving engagement including sense of purpose and value at work by supporting managers with additional resources and measuring health, productivity, and burnout. Since 2017, the program has continued to increase in popularity among employees and has over 3,100 employees (or 44% of eligible population) registered in the program. Starting in 2020, ISU WellBeing then expanded its services and resources to include much more on mental health and provide greater access to counseling as well. These programs and resources can also be found on the ISU Wellbeing website and include on-site access to a counselor (through EAP), resource for hot-lines and in-person support throughout ISU, Ames community, and state; as well as our annual Mindfulness campaign including classes, handbooks, and educational materials. The university also has a complete department dedicated to the students of the university, Student Health Services, including student wellness and student counseling. 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.

Does the institution prohibit smoking within all occupied buildings owned or leased by the institution?:

Does the institution restrict outdoor smoking?:

Does the institution prohibit smoking and tobacco use across the entire campus?:

A copy of the institution's smoke-free policy:

The institution’s smoke-free policy:
Website URL where information about the institution’s wellness programs is available:

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