9 on-campus wellness activities for staff and faculty | Health and wellness services

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Did you hear the news? Health and Wellness Services moved from the Student Affairs Division to Strategic Resources and Support. While this decision represents a major step towards creating holistic wellness opportunities for staff and faculty, you don’t have to wait to find support.

Here are some of the wellness services staff and faculty can take advantage of on campus right now.


Photo of a staff member speaking with a mental health counsellor.1. Free mental health advice and workshops

The Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) provides free mental health services to all CU Boulder staff and faculty, including brief counseling, community referrals, workshops, and support groups. Virtual and in-person hours of operation are available Monday through Friday from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Learn more about the FSAP


Interior shot of the Recreation Center overlooking the Buff Pool in bright fall colors.2. Recreation Center Subscriptions

The Recreation Center offers a wide variety of recreation and wellness opportunities for staff and faculty, including memberships, lockers, lessons and more. The Recreation Center is currently offering a $25 one-month trial membership for all staff and faculty! This membership includes access to recreation centers, lockers and change rooms, as well as free group fitness classes! Staff and faculty enrolled in one of CU’s health care plans can also earn money through the Be Colorado Move program to help cover their membership.

Learn more about recreation center memberships


Photo of a woman in a tank top having her back massaged. 3.Massage

Medical Services has a team of certified massage therapists available to help you improve relaxation, stress, sports recovery, circulation and muscle spasms. Massages are available to staff and faculty members for $60 per 45-minute session. Staff and faculty can schedule a massage at Wardenburg Health Center online or over the phone.

Learn more about massage


Photo of a woman applying a nicotine patch to her upper arm.4. Free Nicotine Quit Coaching

Health Promotion offers free quit kits, nicotine cessation coaching, and advice to staff and faculty on overcoming nicotine cravings. Call 303-492-2937 to schedule an appointment.

The Wardenburg Health Center Apothecary Pharmacy also offers over-the-counter nicotine patches and gum.


Photo of staff and faculty members during an interactive training seminar.5. Free training and professional development opportunities

Health and Wellness Services offers a variety of training opportunities to help staff and faculty support each other and students with mental health issues, wellness practices and more. Within these training options, staff and faculty have the option of earning a non-degree certificate for participating in the Supporting Student Resiliency Series or becoming certified in Mental Health First Aid.

Learn more about training opportunities


Photo of a staff member receiving free acupuncture at an outdoor tabletop event.6. Individual and community acupuncture

Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that dates back over 4,000 years. Acupuncture works by using small, thin needles to stimulate the body’s innate healing mechanisms. Staff and faculty can participate in one-on-one acupuncture sessions or join a community acupuncture session for group ear seeding. Group acupuncture is a great way to learn about acupuncture and try it out.

Learn more about acupuncture


Photo of a staff member picking up a prescription from the Apothecary's pharmacy.7. Pharmacy collections on campus

Did you know you can fill prescriptions and buy over-the-counter products right here on campus? The Apothecary Pharmacy at Wardenburg Health Center accepts most major health insurance plans, including all UC employee health plans.

Find out more about the Apothecary Pharmacy


Photo of faculty member meeting with trauma counselor and lawyer.8. Free trauma-specific counseling

The Victim Assistance Office (OVA) provides free and confidential information, consultation, support, advocacy, and short-term trauma-focused counseling services for students, graduate students, faculty, and staff who have experienced and/or witnessed a traumatic, disturbing or life-altering event. They know a wide range of topics including sexual assault and harassment, discrimination, microaggressions, identity trauma, abuse, domestic violence, stalking, crime, bereavement and more.

Learn more about OVA


Photo of staff and faculty members attending a recovery support meeting.9. Free Recovery Support Meetings

The CU Collegiate Recovery Community (CUCRC) provides support and connection to students, faculty, and staff recovering or seeking recovery from a wide range of behaviors. The CUCRC hosts free weekly support meetings that are available to staff and faculty members in person and online, including Acudetox. This meeting is attended by a certified acupuncturist who applies the nationally recognized NADA protocol to help treat addiction, PTSD and trauma.

Learn more about on-campus recovery

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Richard V. Johnson