The Health and Wellbeing Initiative has been built on the cross-divisional efforts of faculty, staff, students and administration. Unified messaging has allowed us to build creative collaborations and encourage student engagement both in and out of the classroom. As such, we wanted to highlight the work of our Health and Wellbeing committees, teams of faculty and staff with expertise in each themed area. Collectively, they have created yearly goals specific to theme needs.
To provide a better sense of their efforts, we wanted to highlight particular objectives:
- Build Well: Pilot a Well Building Project on campus to increase TWU’s ability to improve healthy indoor spaces in partnership with Facilities Maintenance & Construction and the Office of Environmental Health and Safety.
- Eat Well: Collaborate in efforts that increase food security on all three campuses, recognizing that each campus has distinct needs. This involves internal and external partners, like the North Texas Food Bank.
- Mind Well: Support education efforts to demystify mental health, including a multi-departmental campaign during Mental Health Awareness Week and the coordination of faculty, staff and student training through Mental Health First Aid workshops.
- Move Well: With purposeful increments, promote collaboration between Fitness & Recreation and academic departments, such as Kinesiology and Dance, to bridge understanding on how students in these fields currently engage with movement for wellbeing purposes.
- Spend Well: Develop a financial education framework tailored to the Texas Woman’s student population. Their initial focus will be on debt education, specifically starting with student borrowing.
As we begin our implementation phase of this initiative, all theme efforts have progressed along these lines:
- Focus on understanding the specific needs and strengths of the TWU community.
- Use multiple avenues, including classroom curriculum, Student Life programming, and social media to educate students on how to incorporate aspects of wellbeing into their daily lives. This typically includes communication on available resources.
- Through these day-to-day experiences, demonstrate how this knowledge translates into life-long skills and whole-person development.
For more information, contact initiative champions Michelle Kelly-Reeves, director of the Health and Wellbeing Initiative (81-2221) or Christopher Johnson, chief of staff (81-3201).
Written by the Strategic Plan Design Team