Altru Health System Sponsors Spring Wellness Program for UND Students
The University of North Dakota’s Health & Wellness Unit has partnered with Altru Health System to bring a 7-week wellness program to the UND campus. The program named Altru’s Pursuit of Wellness, is a game that is designed for UND students to learn the correlation between wellness and academic success.
“Altru recognizes that achieving wellness goes beyond physical wellness and encompasses a variety of aspects including intellectual, social, and environmental among others. We are excited to partner with the University of North Dakota on this important endeavor that instills these elements of wellness in our community’s young adults,” said Dennis Reisnour, Altru’s Chief Planning Executive.
The game will send students on a journey through the seven dimensions of wellness: physical, emotional, occupational, spiritual, intellectual, environmental and social.
Students who decide to play Altru’s Pursuit of Wellness will have access to a game board, or calendar of events for each day during the 7 weeks. Each day focuses on a new dimension, ranging from 1 to 3 activities for each day. Students can decide which dimensions they would like to pursue and which day or activity they would like to participate in. Activities range from attending athletic events to career building events.
“We wanted to design a program that enriched academic performance amongst UND students through increased knowledge and application of the 7 Dimensions of Wellness,” said Erin Dickson, Coordinator of Communications for the Health & Wellness Unit.
Dickson added, “Holistic wellness opportunities exist all over campus and our community – we just needed to find a way to connect students to those opportunities and we hope this program can do just that.”
Incentives are available for the students who decide to participate. At each event, students will receive a Wristband of Wellness, referred to as a WOW, indicating they have fulfilled one of their 7 Dimensions of wellness. Each dimension is represented by a different color.
In addition, students who register for prizes by filling out the entry survey by midnight on January 16th, will be entered into a weekly drawing throughout the program for gift cards. Students who fill out the entry and exit survey will be entered into a grand prize drawing.
Students who are up for a bigger challenge, they can play Altru’s ULTIMATE Pursuit of Wellness and pursue all seven dimensions. If they fill out the entry and exit survey, and blog about their experience pursuing all seven dimensions on und7d.wordpress.com, they will be entered into a drawing for an Apple iPad.
Pursuit of Wellness activities will start on January 17th and will wrap-up the week before spring break with Altru’s Wellness Expo to be held at the UND Wellness Center on March 7-8. The expo will consist of speakers, entertainment and exhibitors from campus to help share the story of a holistic approach to wellness.
“Pursuit of Wellness supports the University’s mission to consider the student as a whole, enhancing their lives both within and outside of the classroom. We appreciate Altru Health System and their support in making this program possible,” said Associate Vice President for Health and Wellness, Dr. Laurie Betting.
For more information, please visit www.UND.edu/health-wellness/pursuit.