Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.36
Liaison Marianella Franklin
Submission Date Jan. 10, 2023

STARS v2.2

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
PA-14: Wellness Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Karla Flores
Director of Financial Aid
Financial Aid Office
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Does the institution have a wellness program that makes counseling, referral, and wellbeing services available to all students?:
Yes

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

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

A brief description of the institution’s wellness and/or employee assistance program(s):

UT Employee Assistance Program
Through the Employee Assistance Program, or EAP, UTRGV employees and and their family can access convenient and confidential services at no cost to you. The EAP offers a variety of services including counseling consultation services with a licensed mental health professional, legal and financial resources, and worklife referrals.

Healthy Food Habits Workshop
This program is a hands-on experience on how to cook, while promoting the nutrition pyramid exercise. Participants will be able to learn how to understand nutrition labels, how to shop on a budget and how to cook nutritiously.

Free Yoga
Class will be a blend of learning and practicing breathing techniques, introduction to meditation and learning yoga poses; both beginner and intermediate which will offer alignment cues and modifications suitable for each individual to find comfort and ease in the pose. Available to all students, faculty, and staff.

UT System Physical Activity Challenge
Work together with your colleagues to win the coveted Traveling Trophy for your institution and earn two great individual rewards for completing the challenge. https://www.utsystem.edu/offices/employee-benefits/living-well

New Recovery Support Meetings
The UTRGV Collegiate Recovery Program have recovery support meetings scheduled throughout the week to help support the recovery of our students, faculty, and staff from addictions. A variety of recovery resources are being offered to for our community including: traditional 12-step meetings, the more scientific approach of SMART Recovery, and a Tobacco Support Group for those in our campus community looking for additional support in quitting.

Home Gardening Series
Home Gardening Series is a hands-on program experience on how to cook, while promoting the nutrition pyramid exercise. Participants will be able to learn how to understand nutrition labels, how to shop on a budget and how to cook nutritiously.

State and Federal Laws and Resources for Worksite Lactation Support Forum
A free event, provided in both Harlingen, TX and Edinburg, TX, featuring a panel of experts who will provide perspectives on worksite lactation support. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/state-and-federal-laws-and-resources-for-worksite-lactation-support-forum-tickets-28259659402

Join HOSA in Fighting the Fight
HOSA will host a cancer awareness health fair from. There will be free fitness class and food, health information will be delivered, and three key note speakers: Julio Gonzales, Lydia Gonzales, and Dr. Talavera-Garza.

Support Group for Student Veterans
Support group meetings for UTRGV Veteran students. Join forces against stress, anxiety, depression or simply to vent. Meetings are facilitated by an army combat veteran that understands where you are coming from.

Get Moving to Get Healthy! Lunch & Learn Presentation
Organizational Development & Training in collaboration with UTRGV Scholl of Medicine invite you to the Lunch & Learn presentation: Get Moving to Get Healthy!

Healthy Holidays offered by UTRGV Continuing Education
UTRGV Continuing Education partnered with the Food Bank of the RGV to promote healthy eating and nutritious food choices this holiday season. With donations from the Food Bank’s community garden, this special lunch and learn workshop offers participants the chance to enjoy small portions of a healthy menu prepared with organic produce cultivated at the community garden.
https://calendar.utrgv.edu/event/continuing_education_healthy_holidays#.Y6Dbn-zMK3I

Al-Anon Family Groups Meetings on Campus!
UTRGV Collegiate Recovery Program presents AL-ANON for families & friends of alcoholics.

Domestic/Dating Violence Women's Support Group
The Office for Victim Advocacy & Violence Prevention will be hosting a weekly domestic violence support group for victims and survivors. Those who attend are to share their experiences and strength in a safe and confidential environment.

Healthy New Year Lunch and Learn Workshop offered by UTRGV Continuing Education Training/Workshops
UTRGV Continuing Education is partnering with the UTRGV Community Garden, the Student Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (SAND), and Food Pantry for a very special Healthy New Year Lunch & Learn fundraiser to promote the importance of cooking with organic ingredients cultivated right here in the Rio Grande Valley.

UTRGV Nurse Hotline
UTRGV Student Health services offers a nursing hotline available to all enrolled students. They can call and have their health questions answered.

The Heart Walk 2017
The office of Human Resources invites all UTRGV employees to join them in a 10-minute walk on Feb. 10 to raise awareness about heart health.

10K-A-Day
10K-A-Day is a physical activity campaign and tracking tool that challenges you to accumulate 10,000 steps each day. It allows recording activity 24/7 and gives you access to many wellbeing resources, social support features, and a database of healthy recipes.
https://www.utsystem.edu/offices/employee-benefits/newsletter/healthier-recipes

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley hosted an event to recognize World Aids Day. Here students had the opportunity to learn about AIDS and HIV through activities, games, and brochures. Free confidential HIV tests were also offered to students.

Health Monitoring Kiosks
There are two health monitoring Kiosks available for you.
Kiosks provide you with blood pressure, heart rate, and weight


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

Does the institution restrict outdoor smoking?:
Yes

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

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

ADM- 04- 108
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) has a responsibility for and is committed to promoting the health, well-being and safety of UTRGV students, faculty, staff and visitors. Tobacco prevention programs are most effective when supplemented by strong tobacco-free policies and when they are incorporated into a broader community effort to reduce tobacco use. In light of this information, and to ensure compliance with external cancer research funding requirements, it is UTRGV’s intent to prohibit tobacco products and smoking devices on UTRGV
property.

UTRGV prohibits the use of all smoking devices and tobacco products on University property. UTRGV prohibits any advertising or sale, or free sampling of tobacco products on University property. Littering the campus with the remains of tobacco products or any other related waste product is prohibited.

Tobacco-Free Workplace Policy https://www.utrgv.edu/hop/policies/adm-04-108.pdf

Tobacco Cessation Resources https://www.utrgv.edu/human-resources/current-employee/employee-wellness/tobacco-cessation/index.htm


Website URL where information about the institution’s wellness programs is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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The institution’s wellness program works towards the sustainable development goal of Good Health and Well-Being by making counseling, referral, and well-being services available to all members of the campus community.

Employee Wellness https://www.utrgv.edu/human-resources/current-employee/employee-wellness/index.htm

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