Safe Communities - Injury Prevention Programs
Health, Fitness, & Wellness
The mission of the WKU Department of Intramural- Recreational Sports is to provide quality programs, services, and facilities that enhance each individual's opportunity for leisure, recreation, fitness, and wellness in relation to his or her overall personal development. Through Intramural- Recreational Sports, students, faculty, staff, retirees, alumni, and the community are provided an opportunity to take advantage of a variety of recreation and wellness related programs and services.
Health and Fitness Lab
The Health & Fitness Lab, located in the Preston Center, provides fitness services, Personal Training, Massage and consultation services to students, faculty and staff of WKU. The Lab provides all the fitness programming in the Preston Center including group fitness classes and various fitness services including fitness assessments, exercise prescriptions, weight training orientations and healthy lifestyle counseling. Other programs offered are personal training, massage therapy and instructional programs such as boot camp, and various fitness certifications and workshops.
The Mission of the WellU® program is to unify student health promotion efforts at WKU. WellU® also fosters collaborative efforts within and between WKU divisions that promote healthy lifestyle behaviors among WKU students that contribute to student success. WellU® is a program that is designed to help all students connect with programs and services that promote healthy habits and success in the classroom and life in general.
WKU provides a variety of health and wellness related programs and services designed to help students succeed in school and life! Given the number and variety of health & wellness related programs, and services on campus the WellU® student wellness program was developed to promote all these programs, and services on one site.
Participation in the Sport Club Program can be an integral part of a student's overall learning experience. Through their involvement, students learn the value of wellness, engage in positive recreational behaviors, develop leadership skills, budgetary competence, management skills, and other professional qualities, which benefit them throughout their lifetime. Additionally, the Sport Club Program provides social and/or recreational opportunities for the entire Western Kentucky University community and fosters a sense of belonging amongst participants and the university.
Employee Wellness Program
WKU has a comprehensive, population-based worksite wellness program for which all full-time, benefits eligible faculty and staff are eligible. Participation is voluntary. The Employee Wellness Program comprises best-practice components that include data collection on employee health risks and interventions designed to promote health-related behaviors and better manage chronic diseases or conditions.
Incentives are offered for employee participation and meant to increase employee motivation and maximize program uptake. Employees earn points through participation in eligible activities and, if a minimum point goal is achieved, choose one of four rewards.
The departments of Human Resources and Environmental Health & Safety offer ergonomic workstation assessments for University faculty and staff. The goal of the University's Ergonomics assessment program is to provide an efficient and safe work environment for all employees. This is achieved by working with units and individuals through prevention and education programs, ergonomic risk assessments and consultations, and the implementation of control measures to limit ergonomic risks in the environment.