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Thrive: Health and Wellbeing

thrivelogoIn the Wake Forest tradition of educating the whole person, we are committed to sustaining a multidimensional culture of health and wellbeing that will benefit our students long after they leave the Forest.

Over the past year, we have accelerated our efforts to reimagine wellbeing across our community, partnering with national organizations like the Biederman Group (famed for its reinvention of New York City’s Bryant Park, where busy Manhattanites get outside their routines and experience a little spontaneity). As profiled in many national publications, Wake Forest has become a leader in encouraging a culture of wellbeing among students, faculty and staff. Look for our new THRIVE program, which launched in September 2014.

You’ll see the evidence everywhere as you walk around campus: outdoor reading rooms, signature green bistro tables and chairs strewn across the center of campus with game carts nearby, an outdoor piano (it’s our newest Quad tradition to sit down and play at least once, even if you have no musical training!), outdoor classrooms, exercise equipment and more on the way.

With eight dimensions to explore (intellectual, physical, environmental, spiritual, emotional, occupational, social and financial), we are committed to attending to your wellbeing from the moment you arrive in order to help you thrive wherever life should take you.

Campus Recreation

The Department of Campus Recreation seeks to enrich the quality of life for the students, faculty and staff of Wake Forest University through quality programs and facilities designed for individuals of all ability levels. Such programs include intramural sports, club sports, Outdoor Pursuits, open recreation, group fitness and personal training. Campus Recreation is also responsible for managing the Miller Fitness Center and all of the activities within Reynolds Gymnasium. Campus Recreation provides a healthy outlet for every student and a convenient option for every staff and faculty member in a safe place where the whole person is central each and every day.

The Miller Fitness Center is a multi-use facility with two major recreation and exercise spaces for students, faculty, and staff. Here you’ll find a variety of cardiovascular machines, weights, and group exercise classes.

Reynolds Gymnasium –In order to meet the need for spontaneous play and activity, Campus Recreation has numerous open recreation opportunities for the student body. Sports equipment to accommodate such free play opportunities is available on the second floor of the Reynolds Gymnasium. Locations and maps of these informal drop-in recreation outlets are available in Reynolds Gym 214.

Intramural sports  offers 18 sports and four special event tournaments at Wake Forest. Both team and individual sports are offered in various levels of on-campus competition.  Over half of all students, faculty and staff participate in intramurals during the academic year!

The Club Sports program consists of over 37 different teams ranging from archery to water ski. Club Sports teams are student organizations designed to continue or begin interest in a given activity or sport. Teams compete against neighboring universities. 

Outdoor Pursuits provides Wake Forest students with a variety of on and off campus outdoor adventure opportunities. From our on-campus climbing gym, the CRUX, to the Grand Canyon and even some international destinations, Outdoor Pursuits has an adventure for everyone! No experience is necessary.

Aquatics has a variety of activities for all students. We offer lap swim, open swim, water fitness classes, inner-tube water polo, dive-in movies, club swim, group swim lessons, private swim lessons, master swim, CPR classes, lifeguard classes and much more!

Fitness Group fitness offers over 30 classes, including yoga, Zumba and cycle. Personal training allows for one-on-one programming from certified trainers. The fitness center offers a variety of cardio, selectorized, plate and functional training equipment. Small group training and online coaching are also available.

Religious Life

Wake Forest believes in the development of the whole person — intellectual, moral, spiritual and physical. We are committed to sustaining an environment where vital beliefs and faith traditions can engage secular thought in a climate of academic freedom and an unfettered search for truth.

The Office of the Chaplain and Religious Life acknowledges the importance of faith in our individual and collective lives and strives to provide opportunities for members of the Wake Forest community to express and explore their faith in a supportive environment. The core work of chaplaincy is rooted in the care of the whole person — body, soul and spirit. As such, a key aspect of our office is to offer pastoral care and advisement for any member of the Wake Forest community. This happens through individual counsel, programming on critical spiritual themes, intervention in medical emergencies and presiding at key life rituals. This office strives to broaden knowledge of other spiritualities and promote interfaith dialogue and religious ideas that are reflective of our diverse campus.

The office staff includes five chaplains of three different faith traditions — Christianity, Islam and Judaism — and 13 campus ministers from different Christian traditions. Stop by Reynolda Hall 22 or call (336) 758-5210.

University Counseling Center

The University Counseling Center provides short-term counseling and psychotherapy for a broad range of personal and interpersonal issues. In addition to individual and group counseling, the center provides outreach programs and consultation to students, faculty and staff, as well as referrals for off-campus mental health providers. For mental health emergencies after 5 p.m., the counselor on call can be reached by calling Student Health Service at (336) 758-5218.

All services are free to full-time Reynolda Campus undergraduate and graduate students. Contact with the center is confidential to the fullest extent provided by law. Appointments may be scheduled by telephone at (336) 758-5273 or in-person in Reynolda Hall 118.