Thrive is alive
The marching band played, cheerleaders cheered, healthy water flowed and the line dancers rocked their Zumba. Oh, and there was the ultimate stress reliever: puppies.
I wish you could have been there, on Manchester Plaza, for the launch of Thrive, the University's comprehensive approach to well-being. The hope is that the new program will become another homegrown national model — this one for holistic well-being — following the lead of Wake Forest's nationally recognized personal and career development programs that set a new path for universities. Thrive's multifaceted approach goes beyond physical and emotional health. Think work satisfaction, spirituality and financial planning. On Manchester Plaza brightly colored leaf cutouts symbolized for students, faculty, staff and the greater community how even small decisions make a difference to someone's overall well-being. On hand for the festivities was an alumna who will return to campus as the first director of well-being. Welcome back, Malika Roman Isler ('99)! She starts Oct. 1.
Read more about Thrive’s launch and the goals for the program.
Maria Henson ('82)
Associate Vice President and Editor-at-Large