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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

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 around 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.

University Wellness Task Force

The purpose of the task force is to create and maintain a culture that supports and promotes the overall wellness of NC State students, faculty and staff.

The initial charge of the Task Force for University Wellness is to complete the following initiatives:

  • Conduct a formal audit of wellness programming and develop plans to improve coordination and promotion of those efforts.
  • Develop a wellness website to serve as the virtual hub for all wellness related content.
  • Establish NC State targets for Healthy Campus 2020 objectives based on current data.
  • Establish a campus culture of wellness through programming and environment development that fosters healthy decision-making.

It is expected that as the task force works quickly to form a solid foundation for future wellness efforts that this group will evolve into a formal university committee, at which time additional campus partners will be invited to serve.

  • Lisa Zapata, Division of Academic & Student Affairs – Chair
  • Reggie Barnes, Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity
  • Lindsay Batchelor, Sustainability
  • Jason Bocarro, College of Natural Resources.
  • Angel Bowers, Counseling Center
  • Marcy Bullock, Career Development Center
  • Shannon DuPree, University Recreation
  • Lisa Eberhart, University Dining
  • Suzie Goodell, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Eric Hawkes, University Recreation
  • Britt Hurst, Human Resources
  • Michelle Joshua, Athletics
  • Dan Perry, Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Education
  • Heather Spencer, Student Health Services