All posts by Erin Raupers

National Nutrition Month

The theme of this year’s National Nutrition Month is Eat Right, Bite by Bite. This theme supports everyone in their journey, highlighting the idea that every little bite is a step in the right direction. Set small goals and make gradual changes to experience cumulative healthful effects.

There are two free options in Health Promotion and Wellness to help you take steps toward creating a healthier lifestyle.  One option is the nutrition wellness service provided by peer educators.   The other is through the nutrition clinic. Call 814-863-0461, or login to your MyUHS account, to schedule a free appointment with a peer educator or a registered dietitian.

Wellness Wednesdays

Have you attended a Wellness Wednesday yet? See what’s happening during March in 20 IM Building. Join HealthWorks students 4:00-4:45pm for an interactive activity to help you manage your stress.

March 4 – Worry Less, Wander More

March 18 – Create a mind map your path with meditation

March 25 – Share your music

Eating disorder awareness

National Eating Disorder Awareness Week was February 24-March 1, 2020, and we continue to celebrate YOU. Come as You Are: Hindsight is 2020 the National Eating Disorder Association’s (NEDA) 2020 theme, highlights inclusivity and reflection within the eating disorder community. People from diverse communities struggle with eating disorders at similar rates to the general population.  Wherever you are in your journey,, we encourage you to reflect on the positive steps you’ve taken — including those stemming from setbacks or challenges — toward accepting yourself and others. Visit NEDA to learn more!


Calling all runners, joggers, and walkers. Are you interested in completing a 5k? Join Club Cross Country and Health Promotion and Wellness for the annual Thaw 5K on Saturday, February 29th at 10:00am.

You can register for $12 by following this link or visit the registration table February 24-28th 11am-2pm at table #1 in the HUB. You can also sign up on race day 9:00-9:45am at the corner of Pollock & Burrowes.

Wellness Services

Health Promotion and Wellness provides one-on-one wellness services for students to help cope with the stress of college life. This service provides one to three 1-hour sessions. You can choose from one of two tracks, relaxation or time management, or you can do both! It is important for you to be able to relax and not feel overwhelmed about all the various things going on in your life. Trained peer health educators will provide techniques and free resources for you to be able to better manage your stress levels. Sign up for an appointment today!

Thursday Wellness Activities in the Wellness Suite

You won’t want to miss Thursdays this semester! Check out all the great things you can be doing from 5:15-6:15 pm in the Wellness Suite:

  • January 30 – I AM mixed media prints*
  • February 6 – Cultivate meaningful relationships
  • February 13 – Mask Making*
  • February 20 – Found poems*
  • February 27 – Mindful Journaling
  • March 5 – Stamp Making*
  • March 19 – Trash monsters*
  • March 26 – Mindful eating
  • April 2 – Build your mindfulness toolkit
  • April 9 – Portraits of Nature*
  • April 16 – Digital Detox
  • April 23 – Mindful Photography/art walk*
  • April 30 – Mindful walking

The Wellness Suite is in 20 IM Building.  You can also visit the Wellness Suite Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

*Part of the Mindful Making Series in collaboration with Student Engagement Programs.  

Light Therapy

The Mayo Clinic describes light therapy as a useful technique to treat certain conditions like seasonal affective disorder (SAD). The box gives off a bright light that can mimic natural outdoor light, which can help improve mood, sleep, and ease the effects of SAD.

Health Promotion and Wellness provides light therapy boxes for you to use in The Wellness Suite, located in 20 IM. Stop by anytime during the week between 8am-5pm to give it a try.