University Recreation changes name to Wellness and Recreation

Students take H.I.I.T Group Fitness class

Starting in July, University Recreation will have a new name–Wellness and Recreation. This new name better reflects the department’s focus on promoting holistic well-being and recreation while highlighting the importance of physical activity.

The new department name builds on efforts to educate and inform the community and support healthy living through NC State’s six established elements of wellness: career, financial, physical, emotional, social and community.

“This change demonstrates our commitment to building a thriving Wolfpack community. We hope to create a culture of wellness that positively impacts the health and wellness of our students and employees – the way they learn, live and work. We want the members of the NC State community to live healthy, active lifestyles, so we are creating an environment that is conducive, supportive and evolving,” said Shannon DuPree, Director of Wellness.

In the last few years, University Recreation has broadened its scope and has positioned itself to be one of the leaders of wellness at NC State. Through collaboration with campus partners, such as the Counseling Center, Human Resources Benefits, NC State Dining, Student Health Services, Prevention Services and others, the department provides opportunities for students to build healthy behaviors. Through integrated programs such as the newly created wellness coaching and Exercise is Medicine®, the name change accurately communicates a vision to support the academic success and resilience of students in college and beyond.

“This transition solidifies NC State as one of the leaders in collegiate wellness while improving the quality of life for the entire Wolfpack community. The need to provide resources that address barriers to academic success, such as anxiety, stress and depression, are found through physical activity and wellness programs, and is more important than ever,” said Eric Hawkes, Executive Director of Wellness and Recreation.