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Health and Well-being National Recognition

The University of Richmond’s recent efforts to be at the forefront of colleges exploring modern approaches to health and well-being has been successful in bringing the University nation recognition and visibility as leaders in creating a community of well-being.  Some accomplishments worth mentioning:

EVERFI Prevention Excellence Award for Outstanding Sexual Assault Prevention Efforts

This is an award meant to highlight schools that are doing some of the best work in sexual misconduct prevention efforts.  University of Richmond distinguished itself across the three domains being evaluated for this award: institutionalization, critical processes, and programming. This is a significant achievement, one that fewer than 10% of schools and colleges completing the ADI have attained. 

NASPA Outstanding Peer Educator of the Year

University of Richmond senior Zoe Rydzewski received the NASPA Outstanding Peer Educator of the Year.  Each year the BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA recognizes the most outstanding peer educators, advisors and programs of our network.  Zoe is being recognized for her efforts have the University of Richmond host the NASPA Region II BACCHUS Conference and her leadership and work as a Wellness Education Bandit, a peer education group trained to educate their classmates about college lifestyle and wellness issues in a positive, interactive, fun, and non-judgmental manner.

NASPA Region III BACCHUS Conference

University of Richmond was selected to host the NASPA Region III BACCHUS Conference.  At this regional conference, peer educators gain the opportunity to connect with other peer educators in their own backyard, while advisors gain valuable time to discuss collaborative prospects for education and creating change across campuses.  Conference successfully hosted by the SHC Wellness Bandits on the University of Richmond campus April 14th, 2018 with more than 120 participants registered. 

NIRSA/NASPA Well-being Summit

In October 2017, University of Richmond Associate Vice President for Health and Well-being, Tom Roberts, was asked to participate and contribute his health and well-being knowledge and experiences at the NIRSA/NASPA Well-being Summit. This first-time summit invited and brought together 18 thought leaders from NIRSA, NASPA, and ACHA.  At the Summit these colleagues specialized in developing visionary ideas, sharing knowledge, and discussing integrated strategies and resources related to health and well-being.

Cigna Well-Being Award

Cigna believes that well-being is a business philosophy of success that far exceeds any one individual or organization. The award recipients represent various industries, customers and geographic locations. Some of their tactics are unique, but they share a similar approach to creating a culture of well-being, together as an organization. Deadline for the award is May 4th, 2018 and receipts will be notified 6-weeks following the deadline.

American Heart Association (AHA) Workplace Health Achievement Index Recognition and Award

The goal of the Index is to drive organizational improvements and improve the heart health of employees. The Workplace Health Achievement Index scores organizations on 55 individual best practices, organized into seven categories of organizational best practices (leadership, engagement, programs, policies and environment, partnerships, communications, and reporting outcomes) and the objective, unbiased science-based assessment of overall workplace heart health using aggregate data from AHA My Life Check or aggregate an equivalent source.  In 2017, University of Richmond received the Bronze Level Award.  Application was completed and submitted April 2018 and receipts will be notified by July 2018.

Active Minds Healthy Campus Award

University of Richmond was recognized as a finalist for the Active Minds Healthy Campus Award that recognizes colleges and universities that are leading the way in prioritizing student health. This prestigious award is presented by Active Minds to honor and celebrate schools taking a campus-wide, public health approach to promoting mental health alongside physical health.

Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority Alcohol Education and Prevention Grant Award

Dedicated to the prevention of underage drinking and high-risk alcohol use in an effort to encourage and support the development of alcohol education and prevention programs across the commonwealth.  The University of Richmond will partner with Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) to build and expand alcohol prevention initiatives that serve to raise awareness and help save lives in communities throughout Virginia.

JED Foundation Campus Program

The JED Campus program is a nationwide initiative of The Jed Foundation (JED) designed to guide schools through a collaborative process of comprehensive systems, program and policy development with customized support to build upon existing student mental health, substance abuse and suicide prevention efforts.  JED Campus schools embark on a multi-year strategic partnership with JED that not only assesses and enhances the work that is already being done, but helps create positive, lasting, systemic change in the campus community.

 The University of Richmond has joined the JED Campus Program to help guide us through a collaborative process of comprehensive systems, program and policy development with customized support to build upon existing student mental health, substance abuse and suicide prevention efforts.  A Well-being Task Force has been appointed and charged with outlining a well-being strategic plan that will imbed health and wellness as a core pillar of University culture. 

The Partnership for a Healthier America Healthier Campus Initiative

Colleges and universities across the nation are teaming up with Partnerships for a Healthier America to make their campuses healthier. By creating healthier food and physical activity environments today, campuses and universities can encourage healthier habits that will carry over into tomorrow. Each college or university partner has committed to meet 23 guidelines—developed by PHA in collaboration with some of the nation’s leading nutrition, physical activity and campus wellness experts—around nutrition, physical activity, and programming on campus.

Assistant Director Fitness and Wellness has been working Dining Services and Office of Sustainability to identify and determine 23 guidelines, and this credential has been obtained.  This is a process over the next three years, where we will strive to accomplish these 23 guidelines.  A formal announcement will take place at the PHA Summit on May 2, 2018 in Washington, DC. 

Healthy Campus 2020

Provides a framework for improving the overall health status on campuses nationwide. Strategies suggested in Healthy Campus 2020 extend beyond traditional interventions of education, diagnosis, treatment, and health care at clinical levels. Through the collaborative efforts of health, academic, student affairs, and administrative colleagues, institutions of higher education can foster healthy environments and behaviors.

The Student Health Center and the Wellness Education Bandits have used the Healthy Campus 2020 objectives to provide guidelines for implementing programing and education this year.  Moving forward we plan to be more intentional with programming and implementation of programs to students around the efforts of Healthy Campus 2020.

Exercise is Medicine

An initiative focused on encouraging primary care physicians and other health care providers to include physical activity when designing treatment plans for patients. EIM is committed to the belief that physical activity is integral in the prevention and treatment of diseases and should be regularly assessed and “treated” as part of all medical care.  Physical inactivity is a fast-growing public health problem and contributes to a variety of chronic diseases and health complications, including obesity, heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, cancer, depression and anxiety, arthritis, and osteoporosis.

As of April 18th, 2018 the University of Richmond is now officially registered in the EIM on Campus program. We are in the process of reviewing resources to assist with implementing EIM on our campus including use of the EIM on Campus logo to use for promotional purposes and working with Communication to include this in our larger communications efforts.