Open Streets this Sunday!!

27 Sep 2017

Healthiest Ames is hosting the 5th Open Streets - Sunday October 1st 1:00pm – 4:00pm! Open Streets has a really cool concept – closing down Main Street to automobile traffic and opening it to the community. This local event boasts free fun activities for all ages such as : Zumba, rock wall climbing, Pickle ball, Big Wheel Races, Bike Rodeo, ping pong, and Cy will be there!

2017 Local Foods Festival Success!

25 Sep 2017

Thank you to all who came out and participated in the third annual Local Foods Festival Tuesday morning! The gloomy morning weather did not deter people from attending and sporting their Local Foods Festival reusable bag – made from recycled PET (#1) plastic! The reusable bag wasn’t the only staple of the event – organic suckers, fresh pretzels, free water bottles, and even local Honeybees were there!

Local Foods Festival 2017!

1 Sep 2017

The Local Foods Festival is back again for its third annual event! The event begins Tuesday, September 19 from 9:30 AM - 1:30 pm. This Farmers Market style event boasts locally grown and produced food, free samples, and over 25 vendors! We hope everyone comes out to enjoy their adventure in tasting - it should be delicious.

Don't Miss out on the Local Foods Festival 2017!!

05 Sep 2017

The third-annual Local Foods Festival will start at 9:30 a.m. and run until 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 19! Last year we had a record-breaking attendance of 2,500 ISU employees and students, and we’re hoping to have a great turn out again this year!

Welcome to ISU WellBeing!

16 Feb 2016

Welcome to the ISU WellBeing website! We are the new location for employee well-being at Iowa State University. Actually, we are more than a new location, we are here to address three concerns you shared with us.  

Welcome to ISU WellBeing!

08 Feb 2016

Welcome to the ISU WellBeing website! We are the home for employee well-being at Iowa State University.

On the site, you will find information on programs and services across campus that support and encourage your well-being. You can even signup for workshops and sessions anytime through the LEARN button on our home page.

University Well-being Leadership Alliance (UWLA)

In July 2016, Iowa State University’s 2017-2022 Strategic Plan was completed and adopted by the Iowa Board of Regents. In the plan, the University adopted several Goals designed to encompass the spirit of whole person and whole system approaches to well-being, including Goal 3: Improve the quality of life for all Iowans through services and programs dedicated to economic development and the promotion of healthy communities, people, and environments, and Goal 4: Continue to enhance and cultivate the ISU Experience where faculty, staff, students, and visitors are safe and feel welcomed, supported, included, and valued by the university and each other. These goals recognize the importance of the interdependence of our people, our communities, and our world in transforming the culture at Iowa State University.

The University Well-being Leadership Alliance (UWLA) provides a venue for cultivating this interconnectedness and affirming the strategic direction for well-being at Iowa State University through ongoing communication, innovation, and collaboration. This systemic approach will create the opportunity to tap into the energy and enthusiasm of invested individuals and entities for thoughtful dialogue, aligned direction, and coordinated action across the University.


The purpose of the University Well-being Leadership Alliance (UWLA) is to create a teaming environment that provides an opportunity for invested stakeholders to collaborate across the University, to better align well-being priorities, and to take action in mobilizing the strategic direction for well-being at Iowa State University. By focusing on Goal 4 (and specifically Subgoal 4.2), the UWLA will enhance and promote all dimensions of well-being on the individual and institutional level. This focus will also indirectly address Goal 3, as campus is the hub that impacts our land grant mission throughout the state of Iowa. This cultural and systemic approach would include the following:

  • Built environments (anything structural with a focus on safety, functionality, sustainability, and connection to nature and to other people),
  • People (utilization of programs, policies, and practices that encourage and support employees and students), and
  • Social norms (the “why we do what we do” – shifting toward a more sustainable work life, more supportive student life, and more welcoming campus).




While the UWLA supports all subgoals under Goal #4, the UWLA’s primary focus is to advance Subgoal #4.2 to enhance the safety, health, well-being, and security of faculty, staff, students and visitors. The deliverables would include but are not limited to:

  • Improving the climate at Iowa State University with physical changes that cultivate a safe and supportive environment thereby recognizing the interconnectedness of individuals and the environment.
  • Strengthening our ISU culture to foster compassion, collaboration, and connection by promoting an inclusive community, positive social interaction, and mutual respect.
  • Enriching the quality of life for ISU students and employees by emphasizing individual and institutional well-being and addressing determinants of health, including:
    • improved equity,  
    • mental, physical and economical health,
    • social justice and respect for diversity,
    • safety and security,
    • sustainability, and
    • access to food.
  • Enhancing the ISU Experience by creating conditions to continually encourage well-being, engage strengths, and inspire personal development throughout the university.


Click to view the full UWLA Charter
Click here to view the UWLA Strategic Priorities

For more information email ISU WellBeing at



Life on Purpose: How Living for What Matters Most Changes Everything

23 Jul 2018

Are you ready to explore your purpose in life? You are invited to join us Wednesday, August 1 from 3:15 - 4:30 p.m. as ISU WellBeing hosts Vic Strecher, Professor and Director of Innovation and  Social Entrepreneurship with University of Michigan Schools for Public Health and Medicine. Vic will be here to share his work in examining the science and philosophy of purpose in life and ways to develop and align with one's purpose! This thought provoking, inspiring presentation is free and open to all employees and students.