Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.05
Liaison Kimberly Reeves
Submission Date Feb. 15, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Colorado Colorado Springs
PA-14: Wellness Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.75 / 1.00 Katie Gordon
Wellness Promotion Manager
Campus Recreation and 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):

Academic and Non-Academic Staff

The CU system has numerous wellness programs that staff and faculty can participate in. 
The BeColorado program provides the tools, resources, environment, and motivation to enhance wellness, while adding to an evidence-based body of knowledge and strengthening a culture of health for employees. This includes blood test and blood pressure measurements and the ability to track progress. All professional employees who are enrolled in the university’s health insurance program can participate in the program and are paid $25 per month for twelve 30 minute workouts.

Confidential counseling, mediation for workplace disputes, emergency financial assistance, domestic violence services for staff and faculty. Colorado Employee Assistance Program offers 6 free mental health visits.

Specifically, on the UCCS campus the following is available:
UCCS Health Circle Clinics at the Lane Center provide the following for faculty and staff
Primary care and behavioral health services 

Center for Active Living- Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery group exercise, enhanced fitness, chronic disease management 

Peak Nutrition offers personal counseling, workshops, and comprehensive assessments. Healthy recipes and health topics.

Aging Center- Psychological and neurological assessment and treatment for individuals and family members that are 55+ 

National Institute for Human Resilience offers training, education, resources, and research to advance knowledge of human resilience through programs like GRIT and the Veterans Health and Trauma Clinic

GRIT – Greater Resilience Information Toolkit is a collection of resources to share supportive skills to be a positive influence and promote resilience in our community.

Veterans Health and Trauma Clinic- Specialized trauma recovery, trauma treatment, neuropsychological services 

Personal trainers from Helen and Arthur E Johnson Beth-El College of Nursing and Applied Science free for selected faculty and staff each semester

The Work-Life Employee Discount Program offers all UCCS employees a variety of product and service discounts through our status as a state institution. During COVID-19, the institution allowed for expanded options for remote working for majority of our employees.

The UCCS Wellness Center provides suicide prevention training and group support for departments in traumatic times for faculty, staff and departments. Faculty and staff can use the Recreation Center after paying a membership fee or with the purchase of punch card that allows them a certain number of individual days to utilize the facilities. Through this membership, they have access to renting equipment from the SOLE Center and can schedule massage and chiropractic services with the Wellness Center.

The Recreation and Wellness Center is a unique collaborative and integrated health and wellness unit for students. It includes medical, mental health, massage, chiropractic, nutrition, health and wellness promotion, and recreational services. The Recreation and Wellness Center offers 4 gymnasiums, an elevated running track, state of the art fitness center with cardiovascular machines, weight machines, and free weights, auto-belay climbing wall, two aerobics and dance rooms, studios, an indoor pool with 4 lap lanes and a leisure swimming area including a slide and hot tub. Group fitness classes, personal training, and a Fitness Buddies accountability support program are also available free of cost to students. The Center has also partnered with Dean of Students to host a satellite location for Clyde’s Cupboard, the no-need based food pantry on campus available to all students. This location has seen some of the highest use among all Clyde’s Cupboards locations. In addition, there are over 10 intramural leagues, a free intramural tournament every week, club sports and Student Outdoor Learning Experience (SOLE) Center outdoor trips for all experience levels. The Recreation Center also rents outdoor equipment, completes bike maintenance and ski/board waxing at a low cost for materials. Special events, including Bash the Bluffs, RecFest, Indoor Triathlon, are available to the entire community.

The Wellness Center includes a waiting room, medical exam rooms, therapy rooms, a teaching kitchen for cooking classes and dietitian appointments, a group therapy room, and space for massage and chiropractic services. As a result of the integrated nature of the clinic, the patients are referred between medical, mental health, and dietitian services seamlessly and without hassle for the patient. The center hosts campus events such as health fairs and building expos to provide health screenings and teach healthy behaviors to campus, as well as promote their services. They also host free, monthly cooking classes for students to learn how to prepare and cook healthy meals. All students may use the UCCS Wellness Center for counseling (individual therapy, couples therapy, etc.), psychiatric (testing for formal diagnosis), medical, and dietitian services. Disability Services has been moved organizationally to report to the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Health & Wellness to better align and coordinate support for students through diagnosis and accommodations. Appointments are $20 and the Wellness Center does not bill insurance, making these services available to all students regardless of insurance status. There is also a sliding scale for need-based students on a case-by-case basis with a minimum cost of $1. Due to COVID-19, the Wellness Center has been the sole location for campus policy implementation, testing for students, managing isolated students (including mental well-being), etc.) Free flu shots for all students are available to all students FY21.

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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Due to COVID-19 impacts and guidelines per the Center for Disease Control, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and the El Paso County Public Health Department, the Recreation and Wellness Center had to temporarily discontinue the access to the indoor pool for Fall 2020.

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