NIRSA’s appointment of the Health and Wellbeing Task Force was an important activation to ensure that the strategic priority of “becoming a driving force in an integrated approach to health and wellbeing” is met. Very early, the group determined that a survey of the membership would provide critical information to set the stage for the next three years’ work and define baseline measures to quantify future success.

In July 2019, the task force conducted a survey entitled “The State of Wellbeing in Collegiate Recreation,” which sought to investigate the following critical areas:

  • members’ baseline understanding of health and wellbeing concepts and their specific work in supporting student wellbeing; and
  • the landscape for and underlying challenges of integrating wellbeing on U.S. and Canadian campuses.

In addition, a third critical focus of the survey served to inform the future work of the task force. Information gleaned will help the Association support members as they take on these new challenges.

The Health & Wellbeing Task Force would like to thank all who participated in the survey and all who provided further feedback at the Task Force’s regional presentations this fall.

You can read a full summary of the survey findings and data, as well as information about how the Task Force is using this information to inform our work on the NIRSA website.

Survey summary

Cindy Cowden is currently Senior Associate Director for Campus Recreation at SUNY at Binghamton and a current member of NIRSA's Health and Wellbeing Task Force; you can reach her at

Marci Iverson, M.S., RCRSP is currently the Director of Recreation and Leadership at Viterbo University. She is also a current member of NIRSA’s Health & Wellbeing Task Force. You can reach her at