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Wellness Strategy

NC State University has created a multifaceted wellness strategy which serves as the institution’s approach for university wellness initiatives. It is derived from foundational frameworks of the socioecological model of health promotion, common language from the Gallup-Purdue text, Wellbeing and concepts from Simon Sinek’s It Starts With Why.
Wellness Strategy

NC State Definition of Wellness

Wellness is the connected and interactive combination of six elements that foster a balanced, holistic life. This is achieved by having: love for what is done each day, security of finances, vibrancy of physical health, self-awareness and emotional resiliency, quality relationships, and pride in what is contributed to our communities.

Elements of Wellness


  • Regularly engaging in meaningful and satisfying work that aligns with personal values and goals.


  • Managing health through regular exercise, eating a balanced, nutritious diet and maintaining adequate sleep.


  • The awareness of current financial position and budgets and having resources to meet basic needs by saving and spending wisely.


  • The ability to be self-aware and cope with challenges and needs while developing overall resiliency.


  • Developing supportive networks by cultivating new or existing relationships.


  • The opportunity to contribute and connect individual passions and strengths that foster a safe and supportive environmeny.

National Commitments

NC State is proud to participate in the following national wellness initiatives:


The Partnership for a Healthier America Healthier Campus Initiative

  • A three-year commitment to make the campus healthier by adopting guidelines on food and nutrition, physical activity and programming. The commitment works with the private sector and PHA honorary chair First Lady Michelle Obama to make healthier choices easier.
  • NC State was the first to implement all 23 guidelines in the first year of its commitment to encourage healthier options to more than 40,000 students, faculty and staff.
  • University Recreation partners with University Dining and Transportation on this initiative.


Healthy Campus 2020

  • Partnering with the American College Health Association (ACHA) as a Healthy Campus Partner, Healthy Campus 2020 provides 10-year national objectives for improving the health of all students, staff, and faculty on campuses nationwide.


Exercise is Medicine On-Campus

  • In partnership with the Counseling Center and Student Health Services, this medical and counseling referral program prescribes students exercise to alleviate mental health and chronic disease symptoms. The Exercise Is Medicine® program at NC State received a gold-level recognition from the American College of Sports Medicine.

NC State Wellness Committee

The NC State Wellness Committee is a standing committee charged with creating and maintaining a culture that supports and promotes the overall wellness of NC State students, staff and faculty. The committee advises University administration and wellness partners to encourage inclusive dialogue, programs, services and initiatives that foster healthy decision-making.


  • Develop an NC State wellness strategy and further develop the vision for health and wellness across six elements of well-being: purpose, financial, physical, emotional, social and community.
  • Develop and oversee the implementation of a wellness strategic plan.
  • Recommend policies and strategies to support wellness initiatives for students, staff and faculty.
  • Support and encourage evidence-based programs and research related to wellness.


  • Marie Williams, Human Resources, Co-Chair
  • Lisa Zapata, Division of Academic and Student Affairs, Co-Chair
  • Natalie Ames, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Lindsay Batchelor, Office of Sustainability
  • Nicole Teague, Student Body Vice President
  • Angel Bowers, Counseling Center and Prevention Services
  • Marcy Bullock, Career Development Center
  • Julie Casani, Student Health Services
  • Shelly Brown Dobek, Fraternity and Sorority Life
  • Adam Culley, Leadership and Civic Engagement
  • Shannon DuPree, Wellness and Recreation
  • Lisa Eberhart, NC State Dining
  • Emma Carter, Student Body President
  • Suzie Goodell, College of Agriculture and Life Science
  • Eric Hawkes, Wellness and Recreation
  • Aaron Hipp, College of Natural Resources
  • David Hunt, University Communication
  • Britt Hurst, Human Resources
  • Michelle Joshua, Athletics
  • Lisa LaBarbera-Mascote, Women’s Center
  • Cynthia Levine, NC State Libraries
  • Kari Lewis, Health and Exercise Studies
  • Chester Miller, Living and Learning Communities
  • Mitchell Moravec, Student Senate President
  • Mark Newmiller, Disability Resource Office
  • Monica Osburn, Counseling Center and Prevention Services
  • Nicole Peterson, Division of Academic and Student Affairs
  • Krista Ringler, Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid
  • Judith Rivera, Graduate Student Association Vice President of External Relations
  • Heather Spencer, Student Health Services
  • Gareth Washington, Human Resources
  • Rebecca Woskoff, TRIO Programs