ArgoWell is a UWF campus-wide initiative that brings student wellness to the forefront. This initiative aims to provide education, resources, tools and programming to enhance vital areas of your well-being such as mental, physical, spiritual and emotional health.
Student wellness is our top priority. We care about our students and want to ensure that Argos are living their best lives. ArgoWell's mission is to make the healthy choice the easy choice for the UWF community. This initiative stemmed from Healthy Campus 2020, a national effort by the American College Health Association to improve overall health on college campuses nationwide. By aligning with these national efforts, UWF utilizes best practices and data sources to prioritize health on our campus.
Four Areas of Focus
We realize that in order to effectively support students, faculty and staff must work together on the bigger picture and focus on wellness areas that affect students most. We heard you! According to the 2017 National College Health Assessment, UWF students identified the following as four wellness areas they felt were negatively impacting their academic success. To help, departments throughout campus are collaborating to address and improve student wellness overall. Learn more about these key focus areas: mental health, financial wellness, sleep, social connectivity, and explore campus resources that are available to you.
This major focus area is a vital aspect of your overall wellness. Common mental health concerns that college students may face include stress, anxiety and depression.
- Stress Management: What are the symptoms, and how can you deal with stress in a healthy manner? For helpful tips and resources, visit the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) Stress Management webpage.
- Anxiety: How do you know if it’s anxiety? To learn how to identify and cope with symptoms of anxiety, visit the CAPS Anxiety Information webpage.
- Depression: When is sadness actually depression? Discover healthy coping strategies for depression on the Depression Management webpage.
- Therapy Assistance Online (TAO): TAO Self-Help is an interactive, web-based program that provides assistance to help you learn and change how you think, feel and act. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, relationships, communication, anger management, recovery, mindfulness, and other helpful areas. Visit TAO Self-Help for more information.
- Mental Health Screenings: Brief screenings are the quickest way to determine if you or someone you care about should connect with a mental health professional. Visit CAPS Online Screening for more information.
This important topic includes managing expenses, handling potential financial stressors and planning toward long-term goals. Practicing good financial wellness can help give you the freedom to have fun, make smart decisions, and budget for life events and unexpected expenses.
- Financial Education: Meet one-on-one with a financial counselor, receive credit counseling and attend financial literacy workshops at UWF's
Louis Maygarden Center for Financial Literacy.
- Assessment: Do you know where your finances stand? Assess your current finances with this financial wellness quiz.
- Test Your Knowledge: How much do you really know about student loans, managing personal finances, loans and credit scores? Test your knowledge, visit the Financial Literacy Test and Survey Center.
- UWF Financial Aid: Visit the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships to receive information about FASFA, grants, loans, student employment, scholarships and other financial topics.
- The Argo Pantry: Make room for food expenses in your budget. If you need help, the Argo Pantry provides a great selection of food to all currently enrolled UWF students in need of assistance.
- Career Readiness: Get the job! Create a resume, practice interviewing, research careers, and explore job and internship opportunities at the
Office of Career Development and Community Engagement.
- GradSense: Check out GradSense, a unique online tool designed to help you plan financially for education expenses and your future career. Along with median debt and income data, this website also provides loan repayment advice, spending tips and career guidance.
With late night study sessions and very busy schedules, many students may experience periods of irregular sleep or insomnia. Practicing good sleeping habits on a regular basis is essential for your overall health and well-being.
- Sleep Resources: Can’t sleep? Sleeping too much? The National Sleep Foundation has great information and resources to help you get your zzz's.
- Sanctuary: Just go to sleep. Sure, it sounds easy, but did you know that you can take steps to better prepare for a good night's rest? Learn how to make your sleep sanctuary, and practice better sleep behaviors. Visit the CAPS Sleep webpage.
Sometimes you can be surrounded by people and yet feel lonely. Social connections are central to your well-being, and meet a natural need to belong, and feel valued and supported. There are many ways to meet friends and connect with others who may share your interests at UWF.
- Student Orgs: Learn about student organizations and events on Argo Pulse.
- Involvement: Explore Greek life, check out UWF's Councils & Organizations.
- Housing Resources: Connect with others through UWF's Living Learning Communities (LLCs).
- Fitness: Enjoy being active? Meet others who have a shared interest in intramural, sports clubs or group fitness, visit UWF Recreation.
- Fun: Make friends and connect with nature through Outdoor Adventures. Explore trips, clinics, disc golf, rock climbing and all things outdoors.
- Identity-Based Organizations: UWF values a community in which each member is seen, heard and understood. Connect with an identity-based organization on campus.
- UWF Sports: Are you a sports fan? Surround yourself with fellow sports enthusiasts and cheer on the Argos, visit goargos.com.
ArgoWell Eight Dimensions of Wellness
Wellness means so much more than physical health, weight management, nutrition and exercise. True wellness is a holistic integration of eight interdependent dimensions of well-being: emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, occupational, physical, social and spiritual wellness. Dedicating time to nurture each area can be beneficial to your overall health. Neglecting any of these areas can adversely effect your health, well-being or quality of life.
Emotional wellness exists when you have the tools necessary to cope with life’s ups and downs, and you are able to have healthy, satisfying relationships.
Environmental wellness means spending time in environments that support well-being. The places in which you live, play and work should be positive environments that provide a sense of comfort.
Financial wellness exists when you understand your financial situation, effectively manage your finances, and plan ahead for the future.
Intellectual wellness means that you are always looking for ways to expand your knowledge and build new skills.
Occupational wellness exists when you experience feelings of contribution and achievement from either paid or unpaid work, and/or academics.
Physical wellness exists when you regularly participate in physical activity, balance your nutrition and practice good sleeping habits.
Social wellness means developing a sense of belonging and a support system by connecting with others.
Spiritual wellness means developing a sense of purpose and meaning in your life.
The ArgoWell Wellness Wheel displays these eight dimensions. Download a print-friendly version of the ArgoWell Wellness Wheel.
Holistic health encompasses all of the eight wellness dimensions. The eight dimensions do not have to be equally balanced. Instead, you should strive to achieve your own authentic personal harmony. You have unique goals, priorities and aspirations. You determine how to live your best life. ArgoWell is here to help you make the healthy choice, the easy choice and support you in your wellness journey.