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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 56.88
Liaison Dedee DeLongpre Johnston
Submission Date June 3, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Wake Forest University
PA-11: Wellness Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Carmen Canales
Chief Human Resources Officer
Human Resources
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Does the institution make counseling, referral, and wellbeing services available to all members of the following groups?:
Yes or No
Students Yes
Staff Yes
Faculty Yes

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

WFU provides a Healthy Exercise & Lifestyle Program which is a 12-week chronic disease prevention program offered to faculty and staff at no cost. This program helps determine risk of chronic disease, assesses physical activity level and dietary habits, and develops an individualized exercise, nutrition and behavioral change plan. In addition, smoking cessation classes are offered twice per year and include an initial orientation, a 6-week tobacco cessation class and a $400 benefit toward specific tobacco cessation products.

In July 2013, the university implemented a medical plan premium incentive of $200 for completing an online health assessment, adhering to preventive care requirements, and participating in online education modules.

WFU also provides an Employee Assistance Program free of charge to all faculty and staff and their immediate family members. The EAP is a confidential service that provides assistance with a wide range of concerns such as family/marital problems, emotional and mental distress, (anxiety, grief and depression) and stress at home or work.

The University also provides free and confidential counseling services to our students through the University Counseling Center.

The Professional Development Center also offers a health and wellness educational series presented by WFU faculty and community experts. Topics include dealing with anxiety, learning coping skills, humor and mental health, nutrition planning and supplements, exercise as a stress reliever, and wellness approaches to living.

In September 2013, the university launched it's campus-wide well-being program, Thrive. This program encompasses faculty, students, and staff members and supports the eight dimensions of well-being including financial, social, physical, spiritual, etc. The university hosted a campus-wide event to introduce the program and it's new Director. Since then, the Well-being office has continued to promote the Thrive program across campus and has incorporate ongoing campus initiatives into this program.


The website URL where information about the institution's wellness program(s) is available:

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