About the Initiative
We believe the intellectual development students gain through their academic work at Texas Woman’s will be amplified and enhanced by their personal development of health and wellbeing. Learning about balancing its multiple facets, emphasizing resiliency and not perfection, and understanding its impacts on long-term success are critical for whole person growth.
When we are well, we are more productive and can more easily find satisfaction in life. Regular, prioritized habits, rather than instant fixes, are the most optimal way of achieving our desired goals.
Wellbeing is a lifestyle for me. When I was an undergrad, I remember pretending to be a healthy individual. It was not until I came to TWU that I started to understand what it meant to be healthy and started to incorporate all of the components of wellbeing into my life.
We advance positive and healthy lifestyles at the nation’s largest university primarily for women.
Through this initiative, we facilitate collaboration among departments and divisions to promote our ethos of integrated health and wellbeing leadership.
This is accomplished with a health and wellbeing model that improves students’ lives, champions faculty and staff expertise, and enhances our institutional identity.
- Improves Students’ Lives: https://www.higheredtoday.org/2018/09/06/mental-physical-well-incoming-freshmen-three-decades-research/
- Champions Faculty and Staff Expertise and Enhances Our Identity: https://twu.edu/strategic-plan/distinctions.asp
We believe this initiative can positively impact our Texas Woman’s University students for a lifetime and can create ripple effects for their families and communities. Some of the benefits include:
- Student Persistence and Retention: Higher levels of wellbeing encourage students to stay in school and graduate.
- Whole-Person Education: Higher education improves lives throughout the lifespan and should focus on the whole person.
- Multigenerational Impact on Finances and Health: Women often make decisions on behalf of their families in regards to spending, eating, healthcare, and wellbeing.
- Leadership: With a historical focus on developing women leaders, our TWU community can advocate for themselves and others on a variety of wellbeing issues.
- Healthcare Professionals and Self-Care: As a leader in healthcare education, the self-care of our future practitioners is imperative.
In a spirit of collaboration, we will coordinate and champion efforts to engage the Texas Woman’s community on integrating health and wellbeing both in and out of the classroom.
We will develop an institutional-wide framework to effectively communicate and assess student health and wellbeing efforts
We will encourage the infusion of personal health and wellbeing in the curriculum.
We will educate students on the relationship between wellbeing practices, career development, and self efficacy.
In 2015, Dr. Carine M. Feyten, Chancellor and President, commissioned a Strategic Planning Design Team to develop a new university-level strategic plan that would be student-centered and purpose-driven.
All divisions—Academic Affairs, Student Life, Enrollment Management, Finance and Administration, and University Advancement—were instrumental in the conceptualization and development of the plan, including over 100 listening, sharing, and feedback sessions with students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community stakeholders. One clear theme that emerged was Texas Woman’s University’s prioritization of health and wellbeing.
As a result of these discussions, the Health and Wellbeing Initiative became a commitment to improving the lives of our Texas Woman’s community. By 2017, an inaugural director was hired. Over the course of 2017-2018, a team of campus leaders with expertise in health and wellbeing developed our core themes, priorities, and marketing campaign. Our current themes are MindWell, SpendWell, EatWell, MoveWell, and BuildWell. Work today involves refining these priorities by infusing them in curricular and co-curricular activities.
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