Health and Wellbeing Institute

Wellbeing is about much more than physical health. From nutrition and exercise to mindfulness and the quality of the air that you breathe, discover how health dictates all facets of life.

Are you interested in health and how to maximize the wellbeing of yourself and others? Are you curious about nutrition and diet, sleep science and exercise? Or maybe mindfulness, meditation and the power your mind has on overall health? Gain hands-on experience and insight into the many career opportunities available in the different disciplines of health and wellness. Students will learn from Wake Forest faculty about the eight dimensions of wellbeing, use technology for health procedures, and tour campus facilities dedicated to health, fitness and overall wellness.

*The above content is representative of the Summer Immersion Program on-campus experience.

At a Glance


Dates: June 15th, 2020 – June 18th, 2020

*The 2020 Online Health and Wellbeing Institute is closed for registration.

Eligibility: Rising sophomores, juniors and seniors in high school and incoming college freshmen

Program Length: 4-day session (Mon. – Thurs.)

Daily Hours: 1:00 – 4:30 PM (EST)

Program Tuition: $700

Location: Online

*Courses carry no secondary school or college credit. Upon completion of the program, an official Wake Forest University certificate of achievement will be awarded to all Health and Wellbeing Institute participants.

What You’ll Experience

Topics Covered

  • Nutrition
  • Physical Activity
  • Environmental Wellness
  • Social/Emotional Wellness
  • Public Health
  • Mindfulness and Meditation

Virtual Experience:

  • Fitness conditioning – including body composition, physical and muscular endurance
  • Hear from a panel of dietitians and fitness experts
  • Discover the role of environmental health in enhancing wellbeing
  • Explore the mind/body connection through mindfulness, yoga and meditation

*Virtual experiences are subject to change.

Health and Wellbeing Institute Costs:

Online | $700

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A Day in the Life

  • 1:00 PM – Sign-on
  • 1:05 PM – Norms surrounding online learning
  • 1:10 PM – Deacon Dive In- Welcome to Wake Forest University!
  • 1:15 PM – Online Icebreaker – Get to Know Our Cohort
  • 1:30 PM – Welcome from Academic Leader- Professor Sharon Woodard
  • 1:40 PM – Session 1 Topic: Panel Discussion- Social and Emotional Wellbeing
  • 2:10 PM – Session 1: Q and A
  • 2:25 PM – Break
  • 2:30 PM – Session 2 Topic – Nutrition 101
  • 3:00 PM – Session 2 – Q&A
  • 3:15 PM – Academic Leader Daily Challenge, Whole Group Discussion – Polls, Q&A
  • 3:30 PM – Deacon Discussion- Wake Forest Student Mentors, Q&A
  • 4:30 PM – Wrap Up from Academic Leader

*This “A Day in the Life” sample schedule is subject to change. 

Dates for Summer 2021 will be announced on November 1, 2020.

Sharon Woodard, M.S.

Academic Leader, Health and Wellbeing Institute

Sharon Woodard received her undergraduate degree from Central Michigan University and her M.S. from Wake Forest University. She is an Associate Professor of the Practice in the Department of Health & Exercise Science, teaching the undergraduate HES 100: Lifestyles and Health course. Sharon also manages the HES Graduate Teaching Program which is responsible for the instruction of HES 101: Exercise for Health undergraduate course. She coordinates the department’s HES 120: Fitness Activity courses, which introduce students to lifelong physical activity.

Sharon’s interests include college health behaviors such as nutrition, substance use, and physical activity. She works closely with Wake Forest’s THRIVE and Campus Recreations programs to promote healthy behaviors on campus. She is also involved in the WFU Alcohol Coalition, instructed the First-Year experience course, and is a lower-division academic adviser. Sharon has received the Excellence in Teaching award presented by WFU Student Government and the Excellence in Advising Award given by the WFU Alumni Council. Sharon’s goal is to share opportunities for health education to the Wake Forest undergraduate campus to support students’ wellbeing.