Wellness isn’t just about physical fitness. Depression and stress, in particular, have proved to be major sources of lost productivity. Wellness program administrators need to think beyond diet and exercise. Biltmore, for example, offers a nondenominational chaplain service—on call 24 hours—to assist employees and immediate family members with divorce, serious illness, death and grief recovery, child rearing, and the care of aging parents. The services are confidential, free, and voluntary. The chaplains meet their clients at sites ranging from the family residence to a funeral home to Starbucks.
Plan for emergencies. Who might check in on you regularly? Whom can you call in an emergency? What would happen if you fell and couldn’t reach the phone? Keep emergency numbers near each phone or on speed dial. Carry a cellphone (preferably with large buttons and bright screens), or consider investing in a Lifeline, LifeFone, Life Station, or another type of personal alarm system. These devices can be worn on the wrist like a watch, around the neck like a pendant, or clipped to a belt buckle. When you push the button, it signals a base unit connected to your phone, which dials a monitoring center; operators there will talk to you through a two-way speaker in the base unit or the pendant to find out the nature of the emergency, then dispatch paramedics and call your family members, even if you don’t respond. Another option is looking into companionship services or phone checks from a local religious group or Agency on Aging (to find one, check with the Eldercare Locator; see “Resources,” page 52).
At Stanford, the annual football game against the University of California Berkeley Golden Bears is regarded the Big Game. It is preceded by Gaieties, a student-produced musical follies. Stanford has won the Director's Cup , which honors the most successful program in NCAA Division I sports for the last 12 years. In 2005-06, Stanford won three national team championships and had 13 teams in the top five and 20 in the top 10. Forty-two athletes and coaches also represented Stanford at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. Stanford offers about 300 athletic scholarships . About 800 students participate in intercollegiate sports.