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Health and wellness for all, how a UA program offers health services for students and faculty in more ways than one

Jesus Barrera

Business management junior Anthony Efaw does a back workout Nov. 5 at the Student Recreation Center. The UA offers many facilities and programs to its faculty and students in an effort to promote healthy lifestyles.

While the Freshman 15 may be a problem that forever plagues university students, it doesn’t stop the UA from fighting the good fight and giving its students the resources to stay healthy.

The Well University Partnership is a UA program developed and launched in 2006 to “create and foster a supportive wellness culture within the campus community,” according to the Well U website.

Well U’s resources are available to all students and faculty.

Here are some highlights of what the program offers.

Campus Health Nutrition Clinic

The Campus Health Nutrition Clinic offers one-on-one consultations for students and faculty regarding nutrition education, how to eat healthy on campus and sports nutrition. The clinic also has medical nutrition therapy available for those with food allergies and deficiencies and offers help for those who may be suffering from eating disorders.

Employee Wellness

Employee Wellness and Health Promotion is a program within Well U that is entirely dedicated to UA employees and assisting them with living a healthy lifestyle. Available to all employees who are benefit eligible, the program provides everything from fitness and nutrition counseling to flu shots.

Campus Recreation and Intramurals

The Student Recreation Center and its intramural programs are also under the umbrella of Well U. More or less the brick and mortar representation of Well U, the Rec Center offers a plethora of fitness classes, an Olympic-sized swimming pool and a state-of-the-art weight room.

Health Services

The Campus Health Service is more than just the standard clinic and pharmacy. Under Well U, Campus Health also offers a sports medicine clinic, a women’s health clinic, counseling and psychological services, immunizations and even counseling on how to speak to a friend who you know may be in need of help.


Well U also provides the eCHECKUP TO GO alcohol use survey. Meant to be a reality check on how much each individual student drinks, the program asks questions related to alcohol and substance consumption, quantifies it and compares the results to the rest of the university population.

Campus Lifestyle

From sexually transmitted disease testing to healthy sleep habits, the UA is there to make sure college doesn’t totally destroy students’ lives. The Campus Lifestyle portion of Well U is designed as a guide to managing the various aspects that comprise the college experience.

Smart Moves

In 2011, Well U teamed up with Student Affairs and the Committee for Healthy and Sustainable Food Choices to develop a system for identifying foods and activities on campus that are healthy lifestyle choices. The partnership yielded the Smart Moves icon. Look for it next to menus, services and food options on campus that Well U has identified as healthy choices.

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