Move Well

Move for Life

Mission: Encouraging students to adopt personally relevant, lifelong movement practices and habits. We seek to assist students in their personal journey of realizing their movement potential and its impact on overall, holistic wellbeing.

Why is Move Well important to health and wellbeing?

Movement is vital for the body, mind, and spirit. It helps in weight management, reduces the development of health risks (such as depression, anxiety, and insomnia), improves quality of life, and increases our chances of living longer. In addition, regular physical activity improves thinking, learning, and judgment skills.


  • Through the leadership of Fitness and Recreation, Texas Woman’s placed first overall in the national 2019 AORE Outdoor Campus Challenge in the following categories: 
    • First Place Overall National Outdoor Champion among Division 1 Universities
    • Overall Health & Wellbeing Champion
    • Overall Environmental Champion
    • Overall Developing Skills/Personal Growth Champion
    • Overall Southwest Champion
  • While a huge success institutionally, Move Well captured multiple personal stories from students participating that signified how important interacting with the outdoors was to their overall wellbeing and fitness.
  • Collaborated with Fitness and Recreation to develop and launch TWU Moves, a behavioral incentive program designed to encourage regular physical activity and campus engagement through the winter months. Over 500+ registered across with significant participation coming from Dallas, Houston, and online students.
  • A team of faculty and staff are working to align coursework and co-curricular experiences for students to receive well coaching experience. The goal is to provide enough training and experiential learning to allow interested students to become certified, nationally recognized health wellness coaches. 
  • Dr. Katherine Coffey revised KINS 1902: Fitness and Health: Enhancing Personal Wellness, a core curriculum class, to intentionally encompass all theme areas of the Health and Wellbeing Initiative, exposing 100s of new students to health and wellbeing.
  • Move Well piloted a survey to determine what students value and need regarding physical movement. This work served as the foundation for a health and wellbeing survey which was first administered in Fall 2020.
  • Fitness and Recreation provides 100s of programs, events, and classes throughout the year to encourage student engagement in activities such as intramural sports, special events, group exercise, outdoor programming, climbing events, and fitness programming. This includes robust online programming for distance students. 
  • Multiple courses have included assignments specifically targeted towards Move Well. Some of them include:
    • KINS 1901: Fitness and Health Laboratory (All sections)
    • KINS 1902: Fitness and Health (All sections)
    • HS 1901 & 1902: Fitness and Health & Laboratory (Online sections) 
    • Dallas physical therapy students using HWI principles as the foundation of their service learning projects.        

Committee Members

  • Katherine Coffey - Health Promotion & Kinesiology (co-lead)
  • Rupal Patel - Physical Therapy (Houston) (co-lead)
  • Linda Barnett - Occupational Therapy (Dallas)
  • Elaine Cox - Library
  • Jessica Gillaspy - Health Promotion & Kinesiology
  • Jeffrey Huebner - Athletics
  • Marilyn Massey-Stokes - Health Promotion & Kinesiology
  • Allison Meguro - Fitness and Recreation
  • Jeffrey Radighieri - COB Mgmt & Mrkting
  • Deborah Testerman - Comm Sci & Oral Health
  • Cheryl Thaxton - Nursing (Dallas)

Goals 2022-2023

  1. Develop academic coursework and library resources to provide a Wellness Coach certification for TWU students. 
  2. Explore stairwell alternatives across all three campuses.
  3. Create more student awareness of Move Well on all three campuses.

Student Organizations

These student organizations reflect and support the overall mission of Move Well:

  • Adapted Movement Club
  • Adapted Sport Club
  • Climbing Club
  • Community Movers
  • Kinesiology Club
  • National Honor Society for Dance Arts
  • Pre-Physical Therapy Club
  • Pioneer Pride Dance Team
  • Soccer Club  
  • Student Occupational Therapy Association
  • Student Physical Therapy Organization
  • TWU Army ROTC

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