The Health and Wellness unit at Western Carolina University provides intentional collaboration for the promotion of overall wellness encouraging students to be involved, healthy and well. The university uses a holistic approach to support student wellness and has a variety of facilities, programs, and services in place to support a healthy and balanced lifestyle. The elements of wellness encompass the full student experience—from class activities to informal recreation, physical and psychological health to social development. Students are encouraged to think of wellness as a lifelong goal.
Located in the heart of campus, the mission of Campus Recreation & Wellness is to foster a campus-wide culture of recreation and wellness through a comprehensive array of programs and services that educate, empower, and engage individuals to pursue and sustain healthy, balanced lifestyles. We offer quality facilities and programs that support the university community in achieving a balanced quality of life. Students enrolled at WCU have access to all Campus Recreation & Wellness facilities and programs.
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provides services that empower students to engage in and be successful in a range of academic, social, and cultural endeavors through fostering psychological wellness. CAPS provide individual and group counseling to students on a short-term basis at no cost. CAPS also provide emergency services when a student is experiencing a mental health crisis.
Professional medical staff provides friendly, efficient, and effective healthcare for you while you are a student, as well as help you gain confidence and knowledge in how to manage your health. Health Services is staffed by physicians, physician extenders, and nursing staff with many years of experience in college health. Although students must have medical insurance when visiting a community health care provider, any student who pays the Student Health Fee is eligible for health services on campus.
The Assistant Director for Health and Wellness Education is responsible for creating and implementing educational programs pertaining to alcohol and drugs as well as health education programs such as cold and flu prevention, nutrition, sexual health, sexual assault, sleep hygiene, and stress reduction.