About

Our Mission

To develop a culture of health and wellness that empowers the campus community by creating opportunities for healthier behaviors through education, programming, and support.

Our Vision

The University of Florida will create conditions where the campus community can value and practice health and wellness behaviors.

Core Values

Our Framework

The UF Wellness strategic plan framework uses a combination of a modified 3-4-50 model and the Social-Ecological model.

Social-Ecological Model

Also known as the “socio-ecological model of health,” this model is useful in understanding the range of factors that can influence health and wellbeing. It can provide a complete perspective on the determinants that affect healthy choices from the individual level to the environmental level.  This model is used by the majority of national health organizations including the Centers for Disease Control, the American College Health Association, and the World Health Organization.

3-4-50 Framework

This is a community health improvement strategy based on evidence that three health behaviors (poor diet, sedentary lifestyle, and tobacco use) elevate risk for four chronic conditions (cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic lower respiratory disease, and diabetes), which together cause more than 50 percent of deaths. Based on data gathered from the Healthy Gators Survey in 2017, mental health replaced tobacco use as a third factor because of increased need.

Yusof Al-Wadei, MPH

Health Promotion Specialist

I am passionate about facilitating changes to healthy behaviors with individuals and creating a culture of health and wellness. Realizing the importance of preventive care is the first step in prioritizing our health and wellness. Choosing healthy behaviors and living a healthy lifestyle does not have to be a burden. Our focus is not on the outcome or end result, rather we focus on behavior changes. These behavior changes are made possible with small yet consistent changes. These small and consistent choices will eventually become healthy habits that can lead to a healthier lifestyle.

Team Spotlight

Yusof Al-Wadei, MPH

Health Promotion Specialist

I am passionate about facilitating changes to healthy behaviors with individuals and creating a culture of health and wellness. Realizing the importance of preventive care is the first step in prioritizing our health and wellness. Choosing healthy behaviors and living a healthy lifestyle does not have to be a burden. Our focus is not on the outcome or end result, rather we focus on behavior changes. These behavior changes are made possible with small yet consistent changes. These small and consistent choices will eventually become healthy habits that can lead to a healthier lifestyle.

Team Spotlight

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Three health behaviors that are the focal point of our wellness programming: physical activity, nutrition, and mental health.

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These health behaviors directly impact four preventable chronic conditions: cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic lower respiratory disease, and diabetes

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The combination the lack of healthy behaviors and the elevated risk of the four chronic conditions accounts for more than 50 percent of the preventable mortality rates.