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.

At a Glance

Dates: June 16-21, 2019

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

Program Length: 1-week sessions

Program Tuition: $2,350

Location: Winston-Salem, NC – Wake Forest University Reynolda Campus

Residential or Non Residential: Residential

*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

Hands-On Experience:

  • Fitness testing – 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, Tai Chi and meditation
  • Tour Wake Forest’s Wellbeing and Fitness Center

*Hands-on experiences are subject to change.

Health and Wellbeing Institute Costs:

Reynolda Campus (Residential Program) | $2,350

A Day in the Life

  • 8:00 – 9:00 am – Arrive and breakfast
  • 9:00 – 9:30 am – Welcome and program introduction
  • 9:30 – 10:00 am – Lecture: What is wellbeing?
  • 10:00 – 11:00 am – Panel presentation with WFU fitness and nutrition experts
  • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm – Visit Campus Garden 
  • 12:00 – 1:00pm – Lunch
  • 1:00 – 2:00 pm – Introduction to fitness testing
  • 2:00 – 2:30 pm – Fitness testing rotation 1
  • 2:30 – 3:00 pm – Fitness testing rotation 2
  • 3:00 – 4:00pm – Visit WFU Wellbeing Center
  • 4:00 – 4:30 pm  – Mindfulness wrap-up
  • 4:30 – 5:00 pm – Debrief for next day
  • 5:00 – 6:00 pm – Dinner
  • 6:00 – 7:30 pm – Evening activities
  • 7:30 – 9:00 pm – Free time
  • 9:00 – 10:00 pm – Prepare for bed
  • 10:00 pm – Lights out

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

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.

Malika Roman Isler

Academic Leader, Health and Wellbeing Institute

Malika Roman Isler is the inaugural Director of Wellbeing at Wake Forest University. As a Wake Forest alumnna, Malika has a Bachelor of Science in Health and Exercise Science. She continued her studies and completed a Master of Public Health (Health Promotion) at the University of South Carolina and a PhD in Public Health (Health Behavior and Health Education) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Malika has over 10 years of experience integrating research and programming, developing health and wellbeing programs and interventions, developing strategic plans that guide health and wellbeing initiatives, and defining assessment tools to ensure research and program effectiveness. Malika has prevention research and programmatic experience in several areas, including cancer and HIV. Prior to returning to Wake Forest, she served on the faculty of the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine, as an administrator and faculty lead with the NC Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute (NC TraCS), and faculty investigator with the Center for Genomics and Society. In these capacities, Malika was on the investigative team for 10 federally and institutionally funded projects and centers, serving as principal investigator for 3 projects. With her training and outreach expertise, she provided consultation and technical assistance to collaborative efforts in health and wellbeing among students, community members, clinicians, researchers, and public health practitioners. In addition to her role as Director of Wellbeing, she has an appointment in the Department of Health and Exercise Science.