ISU WellBeing: Social Sustainability 

  • One of the six elements of ISU WellBeing is spiritual well-being. This element focuses on discovering purpose in life and pinpointing values and goals.
  • ISU WellBeing collaborates with the Student Wellness program to ensure wellness and well-being to the collective campus community.
  • ISU WellBeing creates well-being in both the community and university by collaborating with Mary Greeley, McFarland Clinic, the City of Ames, as well as Healthiest Ames and its "Healthy Hometown" initiative.
  • With the help of Environmental Health & Safety, Facilities Planning and Management, Live Green! and Student Wellness, ISU WellBeing has established a “Campus WellBeing Leadership Alliance."
  • ISU WellBeing supports other initiatives for physical well-being, including encouraging better sleep habits, offering stress tests to assist employees in pinpointing and more effectively managing their biggest stressors, as well as promoting the use of walking meetings.
  • Healthy At Every Size (HAES), a nutrition program that focuses on joyful eating and body positivity and explores the variety of resources and services on campus, is a collaboration of ISU Counseling Services, ISU Dining, Live Green!, Thielen Student Health Center, the Food Sciences department and Ames Parks and Recreation, among others.
  • ISU WellBeing promotes emotional well-being by offering biofeedback rooms, enclosed rooms that teach relaxation techniques, healthy coping responses, as well as concentration skills, to ISU employees.
  • ISU WellBeing offers resources to support employees' mental well-being, such as group and individual counseling and the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), which is dedicated to helping employees overcome challenges to maximize their full potential.
  • ISU WellBeing is focusing on building community and facilitating interactions between colleagues and co-workers to make employees feel more connected, socially, physically and mentally. Unique approaches to this include hosting the annual Local Food Festival and connecting local foods and producers to students, faculty and staff, as well as connecting Ames and ISU walking routes to offer a community-connected walking program.
  • Through data collected from a university-wide well-being needs assessment survey, ISU WellBeing created an Online WellBeing Portal for employees to find and connect to well-being resources, challenges and opportunities.

"When we start to honor and value the emotional aspect of who we are, we can start to see the world differently, feel more connected to the world, and care for the world and one another differently."

-Stephanie Downs, Wellness Coordinator