Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 74.86
Liaison Alyssa Erding
Submission Date Jan. 19, 2021

STARS v2.2

Macalester College
PA-14: Wellness Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Lisa Broek
Associate Director
Health & Wellness Center
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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):

Description of Wellness Initiatives for students:
Health Promotion specialists team up with a creative crew of student staff to empower all Mac students to increase control over and improve their well-being. Whether it’s changing the conversation about sexual health, improving sleep, or increasing student resilience, the health promotion’s wellness initiatives aim to foster a community environment in which students feel empowered to make healthy choices that contribute to their overall personal and academic success.

Wellness Initiatives include:
1 - movement classes including Yoga for Anxiety Management
2 - workshops and resources on sexual health and sexual respect, resilience and self-care, sleep, alcohol and other drug abuse prevention, tobacco cessation, and suicide prevention
3 - product distribution of safer sex supplies, healthy sleep products, fentanyl strips
4 - Monthly Newsletter and weekly Health Highlights
5 - Self-care and resilience Challenges

The WHAM (Wellness and Health at Macalester) program aim is to develop a culture of wellness at Macalester College and promoting and supporting healthy lifestyle choices for faculty, staff, and students. At Macalester, we offer you on-campus wellness coaching, lunch and learns, group classes, personal training, and a host of online programs to help you reach your goals.

The mission of the WHAM Committee is to foster a working and learning environment which promotes healthy lifestyle choices by increasing awareness, providing educational opportunities, and supporting lifestyle changes. Healthier lifestyles among faculty, staff, and students will in turn create happier, more productive individuals who benefit themselves, Macalester, and the greater community.

Offerings available to employees:
1 - Omada Mind is a new online program from HealthPartners that offers support and coaching to help you feel
your best.
2 - Nice Healthcare offers chat, video and home primary care visits at no expense to enrolled health plan participants.
3 - Available to all employees at no cost, the EAP gives you access to a wide range of professional support and
resources encompassing mental health, child care, financial consultations, identity theft, legal advice, pet care,
senior care and more.
4 - Wellness Coach - Kelly Fang
5 - Wellbeats
6 - Virtuwell from Health Partners
7 - Classes, challenges, incentives

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:

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The use of tobacco products and electronic cigarettes is prohibited at all times and in all facilities and on all property (including vehicles) owned, leased, rented, contracted, maintained, or controlled by Macalester College.

For the pupose of this policy, “tobacco” is defined to include any lighted cigarette, cigar, pipe, clove cigarette, hookah smoked products, electronic cigarettes, and any other smoking product; and smokeless or spit tobacco, also known as kip, chew, snuff or snus, in any form.


People wishing to use tobacco as part of a religious ritual or a religious ceremony may contact the Macalester Chaplain to request an exemption for that specific activity. (Amended October 2019)


Adherence to the policy cited above is the responsibility of all faculty, staff, employees, and students. Contractors, to the extent that it does not conflict with existing labor-management collective bargaining agreements, and visitors must also comply with this policy while on Macalester College campus property, either leased or owned. Violation of this policy by faculty or staff will be addressed by the appropriate supervisor, Employment Services, and/or the Provost. Violation of this policy by students will be addressed in accordance with the student conduct process.

Website URL where information about the institution’s wellness programs is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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