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Integrated Wellbeing on Campus: Oakland University shares promising practices

On behalf of NIRSA’s Health & Wellbeing Task Force, the Association is proud to share its first Promising Practice: Oakland University. Promising Practices are collaborative or integrated wellbeing initiatives and campus-wide efforts that—driven and realized by the efforts of campus recreation staff and leaders—support the campus community.

Check out the two-minute video below to get a sense of how Oakland University’s initiative to become the “Healthiest Campus for Michigan” also made it the perfect choice to become NIRSA’s debut Promising Practice.

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“The Promising Practices concept is intended to be a three-part, multimodal learning experience that supports the pursuit of collaborative and integrated approaches towards holistic wellbeing on campus,” says Darcie Burde, Director for Fitness and Wellness at the University of Florida, Health & Wellbeing Task Force Member, and co-chair of the Cross-Campus Integration Workgroup. “By providing an example of how one school built its framework and how the initiative can be informed by data-driven outcomes, we’re hoping to encourage other schools to lean-in to this work, because we believe it has the power to transform a campus community,” adds Josh Downing, Director of Recreation & Wellness at Butler University, Health & Wellbeing Task Force member, and co-chair of the Cross-Campus Integration Workgroup.

The Oakland University Promising Practices publication highlights the university’s initiative to become the “Healthiest Campus for Michigan.” Several years ago, Oakland University (OU) began its journey towards integrating wellbeing into the fabric of campus. The publication portion of the Promising Practices resource describes their unique approach to this work and it’s now available for download.

NIRSA offers this publication free to members at member institutional member schools because of the generous support of CannonDesign! Members at non-member schools can download the resource at the discounted rate of $25.

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