Wellness: As simple as an apple a day, as complex as changing behaviors. The Office of Human Resources and the Wellness Committee are available to help faculty and staff make healthy lifestyle changes.
The Wellness Wheel
Since 2004, the Office of Human Resources has made a consistent effort to offer wellness programming. The unifying symbol for this programming is the Wellness Wheel, which depicts wellness as an interdependence between six areas: the physical, intellectual, spiritual, cultural, emotional and lifelong learning aspects of our beings.
In collaboration with other offices on campus, the Office of Human Resources is intent on fulfilling all dimensions of the wheel by offering workshops and training opportunities for each of the six areas of wellness. Programming provides faculty and staff with the means to attain wellness in their lives.
The Wellness Wheel logo was created by the Office of Design Services to convey the essence of the wellness program. To further promote and encourage participation in Salve Regina's wellness initiatives, T-shirts were designed and are often given to faculty and staff who support wellness programs.
As the focus on wellness became better defined, the University applied for a well workplace award through the Wellness Councils of America. Salve Regina attained a bronze level workplace award in 2005, joining 20 other Rhode Island companies who had attained that national recognition.
What does the award mean for faculty and staff? By working at an institution that has attained a well workplace designation, employees can be assured that their employer values their health. Specifically, it means that the wellness program has the support of senior administration, is administered by a wellness committee comprised of participants from many offices on campus and that the programs offered are in response to aggregate health data and stated needs.
The mission of the Wellness Wheel states: "In keeping with the University mission, the wellness program seeks to provide Salve Regina employees with the knowledge, resources, opportunities and support they need to make more informed decisions regarding their health and well-being."