Earlier this week, students, faculty and staff gathered at Moran Commons and Plaza to hear the big news: The University of North Carolina at Greensboro is one of just five universities in the United States to receive the 2015 Active Minds Healthy Campus Award.
Active Minds, a national nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness about mental health issues, announced Tuesday morning that five campuses across the nation were recognized as leaders in prioritizing health and demonstrating innovation and excellence in promoting student well-being. UNCG joins Cornell University, University of Texas at Austin, University of Minnesota and Western Washington University as the nation’s leaders in creating a culture of health on campus.
“The University of North Carolina at Greensboro is leading some of the nation’s most innovative efforts to create a healthy college community,” said Sara Abelson, vice president of student health and wellness at Active Minds. “UNCG’s efforts are a model for campuses nationwide and demonstrate what is possible when students, staff, faculty and administrators from across an entire university work together so that every student has the opportunity to thrive.”
Active Minds will be sharing best practices from UNCG with higher education institutions nationwide to inspire locally-driven change across the country. Some of UNCG’s efforts include:
- Incorporating health and wellness in the university’s strategic plan in order to pursue a comprehensive, coordinated, university-wide approach to student well-being.
- Beyond Academics, a program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities; the Institute to Promote Athlete Health & Wellness, which is at the forefront of excellence in health promotion for athletes of all ages and levels of competition; the Spartan Wellness Living-Learning Community, which focuses on fostering the eight dimensions of wellness (emotional, financial, social, spiritual, occupational, physical, intellectual, environmental) among first-year students; and an award winning ADHD Clinic serving the campus and community.
- Empowering the student voice and using effective peer education to exceed national averages in the dissemination of health information and mental health education on campus.
- Investing in student health and wellness services, including the construction of a $91 million student recreation center slated to open in fall 2016.
At Tuesday’s celebration, Chancellor Franklin Gilliam Jr. praised students, faculty and staff for their commitment to physical and mental health initiatives.
“I don’t want to be a best kept secret. I want people to know who we are,” Gilliam said. “I think the award that the campus is receiving today speaks to our quality and our commitment to excellence…”
For more information about how you can stay healthy on campus, visit shs.uncg.edu.
Story by Alyssa Bedrosian, University Relations