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Transforming Student Well-Being: Introducing the Dimensions of Wellness
Since fall of 2019, the dedicated Barnes Center at The Arch team has only gained momentum in enhancing the student experience through holistic health and wellness. From opening a state-of-the-art facility to supporting the campus community throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the team has continued to redefine and weave health and wellness into what it means to be Orange.
“From early conversations of integrating health and wellness on campus, our team and goals, have been motivated by incorporating experiences that encompass mind, body, spirit and community—for all of our students,” explains Cory Wallack, Ph.D., Barnes Center at The Arch executive director of health and wellness.
In the pursuit of growing student-focused integrated care, with emphasis on the individual’s unique journey and empowerment of self-defining how to “Be Well,” the Barnes Center at The Arch team introduces their interpretation of the Dimensions of Wellness.
“The Dimensions of Wellness provide a strong foundation to enhance our student experience not only at Syracuse University but helps grow a skillset that will help [students] navigate their unique and evolving wellness journey throughout a lifetime,” shares Wallack.
Barnes Center at The Arch Dimensions of Wellness
Through social media, television, our relationships and more, as humans we’re bombarded with countless health and wellness messages throughout each day. Not always from a reputable source, these messages often “talk at” audiences by trying to motivate actions without knowing the most important part—the individual along with their unique needs and goals.
Flipping the status quo, the Barnes Center Dimensions of Wellness opens opportunities to not only “talk with” but places students in the driver’s seat of their unique holistic health and wellness journeys.
The introduction of the Barnes Center Dimensions of Wellness, brings with it a new era of health and wellness at the University. This evolution empowers students to explore and experience resources and services. While strengthening faculty and staff resources, expanding campus partnerships and more, the Barnes Center continues to recruit and motivate all campus community members to be catalysts of student-focused health and wellness.
“Students can use the Barnes Center Dimensions of Wellness to better understand the many facets of health and wellness, how each dimension can impact a person’s holistic well-being and to discover ways to enhance their personal health and wellness,” shares Katelyn Cowen, Barnes Center at The Arch health promotion director. “At the same time, we in the Barnes Center are building resources and partnerships that address each Dimension of Wellness, so that students can create their own health and wellness experiences.”
The Dimensions of Wellness are experienced differently by each person and throughout different times in life. The Barnes Center Dimensions of Wellness not only recognizes that but welcomes and empowers continuous exploration.
Taking the Wellness Wheel for a Spin
Woven into the Barnes Center at The Arch Wellness Philosophy and similar to a personalized guiding compass, the Barnes Center Wellness Wheel is a visual representation of holistic wellness through the eight Dimensions of Wellness. All of which host a core of diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (DEIA).
Hosting as a launch pad into health and wellness, the Barnes Center at The Arch Wellness Philosophy webpage shares descriptions, examples, available Syracuse University resources and experiences for each Dimension of Wellness. Resources reflect not just one dimension, but a variety of dimensions and the intersection of these dimensions.
Learn more by visiting the Barnes Center at The Arch website by or calling 315.443.8000.