BGSU recognized for student wellness efforts

The University's efforts to promote and enhance health among its student body have earned it bronze level accreditation from    US Healthiest, a nonprofit dedicated to making the U.S. the healthiest nation in a healthier world.

"BGSU is dedicated to enhancing the lives of their student body from a total-person perspective," said Nick Baird, M.D., CEO of US Healthiest. "Through their programming, such as 'Late Nights,' where students engage in fun activities and learn about health, such as movie nights paired with information on the importance of sleep and work-life balance, BGSU makes healthier choices the fun choice. The peer educator program in which students are actively engaged in giving health-related presentations and actively sharing information on healthy behaviors is fantastic! And the integration of the Counseling Center and the Falcon Health Center provides students with every health support that they might need."

In achieving the HealthLead accreditation, BGSU underwent a two-step evaluation process, including an assessment and an onsite audit evaluating offerings to students, including healthy environmental supports, awareness, education and opportunities to be part of a community where healthier choices are the norm and wellness is inextricably linked to organizational and academic performance.

"Receiving the HealthLead: US Healthiest Campus Accreditation speaks to the dedication our faculty, staff and students have in creating a culture of wellness at BGSU," said Dr. Faith Yingling, Wellness Connection director, who initiated the process. "Our strong collaborative relationships with the campus and community are an integral part of providing comprehensive health management programs and services. Our commitment to assessment allows us to focus on the needs of the students while continuing to improve and enhance our initiatives. We are extremely honored to receive the Bronze Level Accreditation."

Jill Carr, vice president for student affairs, echoed Yingling's pride in the achievement. "On behalf of the Division of Student Affairs, I extend our congratulations and appreciation to our staff and students who worked so hard to achieve this outstanding recognition," she said. "BGSU is committed to providing an all-encompassing curricular and co-curricular experience for our students. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is an important component of this experience. Achieving the Bronze Level HealthLead™ US Healthiest Campus Accreditation status for our student wellness efforts speaks to the credibility and knowledge of our experts in this area."