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Title: Creating a Culture of Health and Wellness at Clemson University

Creating a Culture of Health and Wellness at
Clemson University
  • Cheryl Dye, Ph.D., CHES
  • Professor, Department Public Health Sciences
  • Director, Institute for Engaged Aging

Clemson University has established eight major
goals in its new strategic plan. Including
  • Ensure a healthy, safe, and well campus for all
    members of the Clemson community This includes
  • Environment
  • Personal Health
  • Safety

How are the University, College of Health,
Education and Human Development, and the
Department of Public Health Sciences working to
attain and maintain this strategic goal?
Redfern Student Health Center
  • Counseling and Psychological Services
  • Alcohol and drug reduction counseling
  • Sexual victimization counseling
  • Eating disorder counseling
  • Mental health promotion

Redfern Student Health Center, cont.
  • Health Promotion Office
  • Goal is to help educate and train students to
    become leaders and role models on campus
  • Encourages students to adopt healthy lifestyles
  • Assists with modifying negative and/or risky
    behavior patterns
  • Cultivates positive attitudes

Health Promotion Office Activities
  • CU Quit American Cancer Society curriculum for
    smoking cessation offered free of charge
  • HIV testing and counseling offered every day, and
    Free testing on AIDS Awareness Day
  • Stress relief activities during finals week
  • Distribute booklets for parents of incoming
    freshmen about college life, drinking, safety,
    academic integrity, and peer pressure

Health Promotion Office Activities
  • Body Image Awareness Month
  • Relationship Awareness and Rape Awareness Month
  • National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week
  • Sexual Responsibility Week

Peer Health Education
  • Students provide comprehensive programs and
    educational activities for Clemson University and
    the surrounding communities

Empower Campaign
  • Student initiative to decrease high risk drinking
    and other behaviors and to increase healthy,
    responsible behaviors
  • Dr. Hugh Spitlers NIAAA Cooperative Agreement
    grant project has provided research data for this

SHAC Student Health Advisory Committee
  • Dedicated to promoting and educating Clemsons
    student body about personal health
  • Sponsor health promotion activities such as
  • Alcohol Awareness Week
  • The Great American Smoke Out
  • Sexual Responsibility Week
  • Take Back the Night 5K Run

College of Health, Education, and Human
Joseph F. Sullivan Center
CU 4 Health Program
  • A wellness program presented by the Joseph F.
    Sullivan Center and the State Health Plan
    Prevention Partners Network
  • Provides a personal health screening for Clemson
    University employees and retirees for 15.00

CU 4 Health Program, cont.
  • The personal health screening consists of
  • Health Risk Appraisal
  • Height/Weight Measurement
  • Blood Pressure
  • Blood Draw blood lipid profile, blood chemistry
    profile, hemogram
  • A Follow-Up Counseling Session

College of Health, Education, and Human
Development Hartzog Institute
  • Research, education and training initiative for
    all levels of parks both private and public
  • Four (4) major planks
  • One plank devoted to keeping parks relevant in an
    increasingly urban society with a special focus
    on reintroducing youth to nature as a fun place
    to be physically active and a place to learn
    about self

Special Event Richard Louv
  • Richard Louv, national best-selling author of
    several books, including Last Child in the
    Woods which charges society with saving our
    children from nature deficit syndrome
  • Presentation on October 23, 1000 at Brooks
    Center, Clemson University

Department of Public Health Sciences
  • The Department of Public Health Sciences offers
    an undergraduate concentration in Health
    Promotion and Education
  • Prepares graduates to assess health problems both
    at the individual and community levels and then
    to develop, implement, and evaluate health
    promotion and education programs
  • Students eligible to take national Certified
    Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam
  • Internship opportunities in local, national, and
    international health organizations

Professional Development
  • Eta Sigma Gamma National Professional Health
    Education Honorary
  • Purpose to elevate the standards, ideals,
    competence, and ethics of professionally trained
    health educators
  • All members participate in community service
    projects to promote health

  • Internships are offered fall, spring, and summer
  • Internships are project-focused and involve many
    different organizations
  • Cliffs representatives are working with the
    Department of Public Health Sciences to establish
    internships within The Cliffs Communities

  • Health Promotion internship locations range from
    national organizations including the Centers of
    Disease Control (CDC), National Institutes of
    Health (NIH), and Women's Sports Institute
  • Locally, students intern at the Department of
    Health and Environmental Control (DHEC),
    non-profit agencies, area hospitals and corporate
    fitness/health promotion sites
  • Internationally, students have worked through
    Amigos De Las Americas and Global Crossroads.

Faculty Research
  • NIAAA Cooperative Agreement Grant Project, Hugh
    D. Spitler, Principal Investigator
  • Clemson is one of 15 universities nationwide to
    receive U18 Rapid Response to College Student
    Drinking cooperative agreement grant
  • Project goal reduce the incidence of high-risk
    drinking among incoming first year students at
    Clemson University and provide skills training to
    help students avoid the negative consequences of

Institute for Engaged Aging
  • The mission of the Institute for Engaged Aging
    (IEA) is to enable older adults to be engaged in
    family and community living regardless of their
    health, economic, social or employment status
  • To achieve this mission, IEA members will
    discover, develop and disseminate best practices
    for engaged aging through research, education and

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Thank you and…..Go Tigers!
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  • The University of North Carolina Asheville

Department of Health and Wellness
  • Curriculum
  • Major in Health and Wellness Promotion
  • Minor in Health and Wellness Promotion
  • Minor in Sports Medicine
  • Minor in Dance

Creating a Wellness Culture on Campus
  • Strong support and commitment from the Chancellor
    and Board of Trustees
  • Designing and building the NCCHW
  • Operating the new major in Health and Wellness
  • Every UNCA student takes a course in personal
    wellness and fitness
  • Working with Student Health, Counseling, and
    Recreation to promote wellness outside the
    classroom (Student Wellness Program)
  • Launching a strategic workplace wellness program
    for faculty and staff
  • Partnering with University Dining Services
    (Chartwells) to develop their National Center for
    Excellence in Wellness and Nutrition
  • Smoke-free environment in all academic buildings
  • Creating a pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly
  • Hiking/walking trail on campus
  • NC Center for Creative Retirement emphasis on

Creating a Wellness Culture in the Community
  • Getting Into Fitness Together (GIFT) Program
  • Wellness Activities for Seniors in Asheville
    (WASA) Program
  • Workplace Wellness Council and Downtown on the
    Move Project with Buncombe County Health Center
  • Community Health Promotion Committee
  • Obesity Action Team (OAT)
  • North Carolina Center for Health and Aging
  • Partnership with Mission Hospitals
  • Asheville/Buncombe Institute of Parity
    Achievement (ABIPA)
  • Past and future support for the Zest Quest
    childhood wellness initiative
  • Interdisciplinary faculty and student research
    programs (WIS and Wellness Scholars)

Preventative Healthcare Discovering Wellness
  • Sponsored by
  • The Cliffs Communities
  • Dr. Stevie Chepko
  • Winthrop University

Wellness and Winthrop University Areas of Study
  • Academic BS in Physical Education
  • Physical Education Teacher Education
  • Fitness/Wellness
  • Moving to BS in Exercise Science
  • Health Promotion Emphasis
  • Allied Health Emphasis
  • Health Education
  • Service courses for teacher education programs
  • Early Childhood
  • Elementary
  • Physical Education

Wellness and Winthrop University Areas of Study
  • Health Method Course
  • No health education certification
  • Require health method courses in physical
    education not part of the state certification
  • Health Electives
  • HLTH 300 Personal and Community Health
  • Eight additional Health electives available

Wellness and Winthrop University Areas of Study
  • Gerontology Major
  • Area of emphasis on campus
  • Part of the Rock Hill Development Corridor
  • Center for Health and Wellness for the Corridor
  • Health Services Management Major
  • Within College of Business
  • Focus is on the management of health services

Culture of Wellness
  • Goal Seven for the University
  • To examine values, attitudes, beliefs, and habits
    which define the nature and quality of life
  • Pursue basic principles of wellness
  • Meeting the goal for the campus
  • Basic Instruction Program
  • Lois Rhame West Center
  • Recreational Sport Program

Culture of Wellness
  • Lois Rhame West Center
  • Major social and activity center on campus
  • Opened in the fall
  • Four basketball courts
  • Four racquetball courts
  • State-of-the-art weight room
  • 58 individual pieces of cardio equipment through
    out the space
  • Two activity rooms
  • Eight lane competitive pool
  • Climbing wall
  • Open daily from 600 am to midnight
  • Peak hours 700 pm to 1100 pm (they are much

Basic Instruction Program
  • 58 60 sections of one credit wellness courses
    each semester
  • All classes are full with waiting list in some
  • Taught by qualified adjunct faculty members and
    full time faculty members from campus
  • Dr. Cindy Fuhr (English) cardio kick
  • Cassie Bell (Biology) step aerobic
  • Bob Gorman (Librarian) racquetball
  • Classes range from aerobics to yoga
  • Classes are electives and meet no general
    education requirements for the University

Recreational Sport Program/WILL
  • Complete program of fitness and wellness
  • Daily classes
  • Open to everyone on campus
  • Classes are designed for individuals to drop in
    to participate
  • Complete program of competitive sport
  • Full time fitness and wellness director hired
    this year
  • Full time student wellness coordinator
  • WILL program (Winthrops Investment in Lifelong
  • Reading and computer improvement program open to
    all staff and faculty
  • Onsite and during working hours

Other Wellness Initiatives
  • Student Health Fair
  • Co-sponsored program between Health and Physical
    Education and Student Life
  • Over 500 students attend annual Health Fair
  • Faculty and Staff Health Screening
  • Co-event with Student Health Fair
  • Low cost health screenings and flu shots provided
  • Screenings occur twice a year
  • 100 150 faculty/staff participate in the
    screening each semester
  • Four Wellness Floors on campus
  • Weight and fitness room in one of the first year
    student dorms
  • Classes are taught in dorms to provide student
    easy access to wellness education programs
  • Numerous talks on campus each year

Community Based Efforts
  • Zest Quest at Winthrop
  • Delivery of Zest Quest curriculum at Lesslie
    Elementary school
  • Fit Kid Club at Winthrop University
  • York District 3 program
  • Target at risk youth for childhood obesity
  • Research on physical activity levels
  • Lesslie Elementary
  • Epinport Elementary

Community Based Efforts
  • Shrinkdown
  • Project with the Upper Palmetto YMCAs, Piedmont
    Hospital and Winthrop University
  • State wide program
  • Kick off event and health screenings hosted at
    the University
  • 10 week program of diet and wellness with weekly
  • Weekly health talks through out the area

Community Based Efforts
  • Health Fairs at various community and senior
  • Speaker bureau for wellness programs
  • In-service programs for classroom and physical
    education teachers
  • Internships throughout the area in wellness