Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 70.15
Liaison Kelly Wellman
Submission Date Dec. 19, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Texas A&M University
PA-13: Wellness Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Elizabeth Schwartz
Director Of Workforce Management
Human Resources - Division of Finance
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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 :

Intentional and strategic steps were taken to sustain a culture of employee wellness at Texas A&M University. WELLNESS WORKS!, Texas A&M University’s official employee wellness program, continued to grow during FY18. The System Wellness Grant Funds (FY18) along with additional funding provided by the University helped bring wellness initiatives to reality to benefit the health and well-being of our faculty, staff, and overall campus community.

In 2018, WELLNESS WORKS! continued to offer programming that promotes holistic well-being amongst faculty and staff using three program pillars – physical, financial, and interpersonal wellness. The physical pillar was enhanced through the promotion of healthy vending options across campus as well as through a six-week nutrition series. The interpersonal pillar grew through the organization of a six-week mindfulness meditation series and recruitment of additional WELL Leaders who serve as volunteer wellness ambassadors. The financial pillar was promoted through monthly opportunities for faculty and staff to meet with financial advisors and/or attend financial wellness presentations. Monthly newsletters, presentations, and educational opportunities were made available to faculty and staff to help improve quality of life, decrease healthcare costs, increase engagement and productivity, and help the University recruit and retain the exceptional faculty and staff who carry out the mission of teaching, research, and service.

Some examples of the WELLNESS WORKS! program's include:
1. Implementation of Wellness Release Time which is 30 minutes, 3 times per week during work hours
2. Over 30 free fitness activities/classes each week
3. Onsite wellness checkups through Catapult Health
4. Expanded flu vaccine clinic
5. Employee Tuition Assistance Program
6. Financial Wellness Counseling
7. Parenting Resources
8. Sleep Education Resources
9. Ergonomics
10. WELL Leader program
12. Summer Kickball League
13. Employee Health and Wellness Fair

Texas A&M System Benefits Administration has entered into an agreement with ComPsych Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Services to extend services to all A&M System members including Texas A&M University. ComPsych is the pioneer and worldwide leader of employee assistance programs. Our global reach and extensive network of providers and resources mean multinational employers get the benefit of a centrally managed EAP, with consistent service delivery for employees, wherever they are working. What really sets us apart from other employee assistance program providers is our holistic assessment of and response to each employee’s needs through an extensive in-house staff of specialists.

Through our integrated GuidanceResources continuum, ComPsych EAPs deliver a comprehensive, global approach to addressing employee problems so that organizations stay ahead of workforce issues, enabling them to maximize productivity and contain costs.

Our approach helps an employee and their family members address an array of life challenges before they become distractions that affect home life as well as work performance.

Our EAP services offer:
Creative communications to drive awareness and use
Integration with other programs and benefits
Custom data and performance metrics
Worldwide access

Texas A&M offers numerous Wellness services to our student population. Examples include:

Student Counseling Service provides counseling and referral services to all students free of charge. A list of services is available here: http://scs.tamu.edu/?q=services

The Aggie Recovery Network provides wellbeing support for students struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. http://studentlife.tamu.edu/hp/arc

TAMU provides wellbeing services in regards to Sexual Health. https://studentlife.tamu.edu/hp/request/. Two programs available to students that work to mitigate sexual violence on our campus are Step in Stand Up and Green Dot. https://stepinstandup.tamu.edu/ http://greendot.tamu.edu/

Rec Sports offers numerous opportunities for students to improve their Physical wellbeing. http://recsports.tamu.edu/

THRIVE is a student wellness community. http://studentlife.tamu.edu/hp/thrive

The GLBT Resource Center provides services, support, and programming for our LGBTQI community and allies. For example, they offer a mentorship program: http://studentlife.tamu.edu/mentorship http://studentlife.tamu.edu/glbt/

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

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