Well-being is the combination of what we think and feel about our lives; the experience of positive emotions such as happiness and contentment, as well as the development of one’s potential, having some control over one’s life, having a sense of purpose,  experiencing positive relationships, and overall life satisfaction. At UNCG, we use the Eight Dimensions of Wellness as a framework for our  students in their life-long process of becoming aware of and making choices towards a healthy and fulfilling life, in college and beyond. 

Wellness is not a destination, it is a personal journey that evolves over a lifetime. Recreation and Wellness can help you start or continue that journey by putting the Eight Dimensions of Wellness into practice. Becoming familiar with each of the dimensions will help promote self-and community care, as well as  help identify areas that you may be neglecting. These dimensions are interconnected. Neglecting one area will affect the others. Focusing on all eight dimensions will help you bring balance into your life so that you can thrive and flourish on your journey through college and beyond.

physical Wellness

The functional and operational soundness of the body to include nutrition, exercise, and sleep. 

emotional wellness

An increased self-awareness/self-care, expression and acceptance of a wide range of thoughts and feelings of self and others.

  • Reduce stress by exercising at the Kaplan Center
  • Relax in a Hydromassage Chair 
  • Attend a Yoga class at the Kaplan Center
  • Sign up for a Mindfulness Hike with Outdoor Adventures
  • Visit the Zen Zone at Piney Lake
  • Swing on the benches at Piney Lake

Social Wellness

The ability to successfully interact with people in our world, participating in and feeling connected to the UNCG community. 

  • Spend an afternoon at Piney Lake
  • Meet others in a Group Fitness class
  • Become part of a team with Competitive Sports
  • Hang out with others in Spiro’s Lounge
  • Play against other students at the Esports Arena
  • Engage with the community at the Climbing Wall

Intellectual wellness

Engaging the individual in creative and stimulating mental activities to expand their knowledge and skills and help them discover the potential for sharing their gifts with others. 

  • Learn how to swim by registering for swim lessons
  • Take a CPR/First Aid/ AED course
  • Learn about working out with a Personal Trainer
  • Try a new sport or game with Competitive Sports
  • Read a book while walking on the treadmill 
  • Learn about RecWell Happenings in the weekly newsletter sent via email
  • Become a Personal Trainer or Group Fitness Instructor

Cultural wellness

The ability to embrace one’s cultural background, as well as the diversity and richness present in other cultural backgrounds that make UNCG a stronger community as a whole. 

  • Foster relationships with others at RecWell facilities
  • Participate in activities that develop your sense of self
  • Attend the Pride Pool Party 
  • Engage with and learn about others on a Competitive Sports team
  • Learn about the local culture on an Outdoor Adventures Trip

career wellness

Engaging in work to gain personal satisfaction and enrichment, consistent with values, goals and lifestyle. 

  • Develop your NACE competencies as a RecWell Student Employee
  • Submit a resume through Handshake
  • Prepare for an interview with RecWell staff
  • Learn skills as a Club Officer with Club Sports
  • Practice work/life balance
  • Develop time management skills by incorporating exercise into your daily routine

financial wellness

Engaging in work to gain personal satisfaction and enrichment, consistent with values, goals and lifestyle. 

  • Earn money while working for RecWell
  • Use the services that the Activity Fee you are paying covers
  • Donate to the Spartan Open Pantry at the Kaplan Center and help a fellow Spartan
  • Get rewarded by opening an AllHealth Wellness Savings account at Allegacy Bank

environmental wellness

Inspires individuals to live a lifestyle that is respectful of our surroundings. This realm encourages individuals to live in harmony with the Earth by taking action to protect it. Environmental wellbeing promotes interaction with nature and one’s personal environment.

  • Practice Leave No Trace on an Outdoor Adventure Trip
  • Fill up your water bottle at the bottle fillers at the Kaplan Center
  • Recycle your trash when at RecWell facilities
  • Play outdoors at the Sand Volleyball, Tennis, and Outdoor Basketball Courts
  • Take a walk at the Irwin Belk Track 
  • Sit outside on the Pool Deck
  • Attend Earth Day events at Piney Lake
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