Proposal for a Campus Wellness Initiative
The need for a stronger emphasis on wellness exists not only at this University, but also in the professional world outside of Redlands. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2000) reported that while nearly 70% of 12 year-olds are leading physically active lives, only 35% of 21-year olds are maintaining that level of activity. This neutral attitude towards wellness is indirectly promoting an unhealthy culture on our campus and throughout the country (Mack and Shaddox, 2004). Mack and Shaddox (2004) suggest that a change in attitude will reflect a change in wellness standards on University campuses, and that by actively engaging students in the promotion of healthy habits and lifestyles, positive changes in campus wellness will follow.
Using a model to plan the development of a wellness initiative can help to create a successful program (Bruce, 1993). In order to create a holistic model, each dimension of wellness must be addressed (Bruce, 1993). Reger et al (2011) described the successful development of a wellness program at a major university, and recommended their approach as both successful in higher education and transferrable to other institutions. Their project involves students, faculty, staff, administrators, and retirees volunteering for a 12-week planning project that included information exchange, wellness lifestyle practice, reflection, discussion, and wellness program planning. The volunteers then organized themselves into task forces that identified health problems on campus, barriers, and resources while implementing strategies for an ongoing wellness program to be implemented the following year.
University of Redlands Campus Wellness Initiative
Our action plan is to develop a planning project similar to the one used in the Reger et al (2011) study. This plan will be designed specifically to coordinate all interested faculty, staff, and administrators on campus and to promote participation, problem-solving, and ownership of the wellness initiative on campus before implementing a campus-wide program. Once the planning project has been completed, we will develop a committee to continue with a campus-wide university wellness program with support from the Assistant Director of S.L.I.C. and the office of C.S.L. as well as the G.M.I. for Wellness and Intramurals.
- Bruce, G.M. 1993. Implementing a university campus wellness model. 41(3):120-3.
- Mack, M.G. & Shaddox, L.A. 2004. Changes in short-term attitudes toward physical activity and exercise of university personal wellness students. College Student Journal. 38(4).
- Reger, B., Williams, K., Kolar, M., Smith, H., and Douglas, J.W. (2011) Implementing university-based wellness: A participatory planning approach. Health Promotion Practice. 12(3).