Thrive: Wellbeing at Wake Forest

You’re A Balancing Act. We Can Help.

In t 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.

Wellbeing is about much more than physical health. Here, it’s a multifaceted balancing act that — when maintained properly — leaves us best able to cope with adversity, build rewarding relationships and live with a sense of purpose. Thrive is a campus wide initiative — owned by every member of the Wake Forest University community. The Office of Wellbeing leads the campus in making wellbeing a part of every experience in the lives of our students, faculty and staff.

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If you’re ever curious about the University’s commitment to wellbeing, look no further than the newly renovated Reynolds Gym, part of the Wake Forest Wellbeing Center. Here you will find conversation nooks, a workout facility and resources to help you relax and take care of your personal wellbeing.

With large windows for natural light, a fireplace, full-body massage chairs and an aromatherapy station, the Reynolds Gym Living Room and Office of Wellbeing suite are sure to be your new favorite spaces on campus


Phone: 336.758.3089

Reynolds Gym at WF Wellbeing Center A321


Dimensions By The Month

Each month, the Office of Wellbeing offers programs and skill-building workshops to highlight a specific dimension of wellbeing. These events are intended to give students the skills and resources they need to thrive in  all eight dimensions of wellbeing.

Wellbeing Wednesday

Get your friends and join us every Wednesday afternoon for a new wellbeing activity. Whether it’s learning about essential oils, trying out some tai chi or practicing your hiphop dance moves, there is sure to be an event that interests you!

Massage Therapy

Enhance your wellbeing through physical and mental relaxation. Book an appointment with one of our licensed massage therapists to help you de-stress and unwind or for pain relief.

Peer Education

Wake Forest University P.E.E.R.S. is a student-led group that seeks to educate, empower and promote wellbeing within the campus community. Through their collaborative outreach and awareness programs, the peer group promotes services, tools and resources involving alcohol and other drug misuse, nutrition, invisible disabilities and mental health.

Gold Apron Cooking

Learn how to cook delicious, healthy meals that will fuel your mind and body. You can stop by our mobile kitchen in Reynolds Gym to talk to a nutritionist from Deacon Dining, watch a cooking demonstration and try free samples!

Wellbeing Coaching

Work with a certified coach to identify professional or personal goals around any of the eight dimensions of wellbeing. Develop action plans to achieve your goals and measure your progress.

Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Safety

The Office of Wellbeing coordinates Wake Forest’s alcohol and other drugs (AOD) misuse prevention program. The office offers a number of services: AOD-related workshops, training and programming; private AOD individual assessments and brief consultation to students, parents, faculty and staff with regard to AOD concerns; referrals to community support services; and support for individuals in recovery from addiction.

Bystander Intervention Training

Upon entering Wake Forest in the fall, all first-year students will participate in interactive, discussion-based training to learn how to be an active bystander in situations regarding alcohol, mental health and sexual assault. These sessions are intended to raise awareness of helping behaviors, increase motivation to help, develop skills and confidence when responding to problems or concerns, and ensure the safety and wellbeing of self and others.

Prevention Programs

Wake Forest University is committed to providing a safe, secure and healthy environment for all members of the University community. As part of our comprehensive program for first-year students, Wake Forest University requires you to complete two online programs:

  1. AlcoholEdu is designed to increase students’ knowledge, decrease harmful behaviors and provide information for safe decision-making in your college years and beyond.
  2. As part of Wake Forest University’s efforts to prevent sexual misconduct and interpersonal violence, students are required to complete Part 1 of Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates, an online course that defines behaviors that constitute sexual misconduct, ways to prevent sexual misconduct through bystander intervention, the avenues that are available to report sexual misconduct and the support resources available for students.