The Office of Health Education provides preventive and educational strategies to help students achieve well-being in mind, body, and spirit. The office is dedicated to empowering students to become the healthiest version of themselves while at Wooster and beyond.
*All services can be implemented in multiple formats, including small groups, class presentations, individual sessions, and workshops.
The health education office utilizes a harm-reduction approach to address student alcohol consumption. The following interventions are designed to provide students with resources to make healthier decisions:
- TIPS (Training for Intervention ProcedureS) for the University — A 2.5-hour program that provides students with the knowledge to reduce high-risk drinking behavior among their peers. Students will learn the signs of alcohol intoxication, intervention strategies, and how to connect to Wellness resources.
- Party Positive – A program that focuses on the effects of alcohol on the body and how to respond in emergency situations. This program can be one hour or two hours.
Emotional, physical, social, and spiritual factors affect health, and these programs encourage students to strengthen the connection between mind and body in order to increase well-being. Benefits may include reduced stress and anxiety, better sleep, and increased mental clarity.
Formerly ‘Koru Mindfulness’, this 4-session program will teach participants mindfulness and meditation techniques to manage stress, reduce worry, and encourage healthy thought patterns.
Mindful breathing is a natural and effective tool for improving well-being. This 1-session course will teach students breathing techniques that will reduce stress and increase productivity and focus.
Tense muscles send stress signals to the brain, whether you are stressed out or not. This 1-2 session program uses progressive muscle relaxation to release tension, ease discomfort, and promote better sleep. A relaxed body = a relaxed mind.
The Office of Health Education collaborates with local agency OneEighty to provide educational sessions on communication, healthy relationships, and sexual violence prevention. Students learn practical skills to navigate the complexities of college life.
On this fun and interactive food tour, students learn healthy and delicious food combinations and cafeteria ‘hacks’. Additionally, students will learn how to put together a balanced plate of vegetables, protein, carbs, and healthy fats.
Sleep 101 is an interactive, online course designed to increase awareness of the importance of sleep health on academic performance. The course provides tips and strategies on how to maintain a healthy sleep schedule in a busy college environment.
Regular movement has important benefits such as reduced health risks, improved sleep, memory, and concentration. Lunch Hour Wellness classes provide a convenient option for all students in the Scot Center Hot Box gymnasium:
All-Levels Vinyasa Yoga
Tuesdays, 11:00 am – 11:50 am, (starts 8-31-21).
This moderately paced, all-levels class will help students build strength and flexibility through a series of postures linked by breath. The session will end with deep relaxation. Class is taught by Annie Yoder, Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500) and musician.
Movement and Mindfulness
Thursdays, 11:00 am – 11:50 am, (starts 9-2-21).
This all-levels class will teach students to use basic yoga poses and mindfulness practices to reduce stress and create mind-body awareness. Elements of relaxation and visualization will be included. Class is taught by Rachel David, certified yoga and mindfulness teacher and health education coordinator.
Sundays, 11:00 am – 11:50 am, (starts 9-5-21).
This all-levels class will build strength and flexibility while moving at a faster pace. Previous yoga experience is helpful but not needed while practicing advanced poses. Modifications will be provided. Class is taught by Emma Davidson ’22, yoga teacher and health education program assistant.
As the public health and outreach arm of the Longbrake Student Wellness Center, the peer health education program plays an important role in student health. Peer health educators promote wellness, plan events, collect data, and connect students to health-related resources. Topics include:
- Alcohol Abuse Prevention and Education
- Eating Disorder Awareness
- Effective Communication and Relationships
- Exercise and Nutrition
- Self-Compassion and Mental Health Promotion
- Sexual Health
- Sexual Respect
- Sleep Health
- Stress Management, Mental Health, and Suicide Prevention
To schedule a program or event for your class, group, or organization, contact Rachel David, Health Education Coordinator:
- Office: Longbrake Student Wellness Center
- Phone: 330-263-2299