Media Advisory: Wake Forest celebrates wellbeing with campus-wide festival

On Aug. 25, Wake Forest University will demonstrate its commitment to wellbeing with a campus-wide event called “Arrive and Thrive” for faculty, staff and students. From 4 to 6 p.m. on Manchester Plaza, the event will feature dozens of fun and thought-provoking activities designed to inform and inspire the campus community to think differently about how to lead healthier, more balanced lives.

Puppies, coloring sheets, walking maps, and hundreds of three-foot tall, cardboard leaves will help the campus community consider serious topics such as financial planning, work satisfaction, intellectual engagement and spirituality. Activities will cover eight dimensions of wellbeing: emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, occupational, physical, social, and spiritual. Outdoor games will get people moving, while other activities will encourage artistic expression or mindful reflection.  Healthy foods — including samples of Unbeetable, a performance drink with Wake Forest roots that is made of beet juice — will be served.

“The first day of class literally and figuratively sets the tone for the year to come,” said Malika Roman-Isler, named the University’s first director of wellbeing last fall. “We’re connecting this community celebration to this day to ensure that all of our students, faculty, and staff are reminded from the start that Wake Forest is invested in every aspect of their lives.”

Equal parts education and inspiration, “Thrive” is a campus-wide effort launched a year ago to enhance wellbeing. The event is not open to the public, but media are invited to attend. Roman Isler is available for interviews.

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