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Severe lung illness associated with e-cigarette use

There is a multistate outbreak of severe pulmonary disease associated with e-cigarette products  including devices, liquids, refill pods, and/or cartridges.  If you use e-cigarette products and experience the following symptoms, seek medical care promptly.  Symptoms include:  cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain; nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea; fatigue, fever, or weight loss.  Medical care is available at the University Health Services.  You can make an appointment or call (814) 863-0774.

Vaping cessation services are available through Health Promotion and Wellness.  You can make an appointment or call (814) 863-0461.  More information about the multistate outbreak is available in this CDC Investigation notice. 

Nature Meditation

Using mindfulness meditation in a natural setting can promote well-being.  Meditating outdoors can bring you more in touch with your senses and enhance the effectiveness of the meditative practice. Practicing mindfulness in nature can open your connections to the natural world.

There are resources available to students, such as the Manage Stress Workbook and Koru Mindfulness, both of which can be used outdoors. You could also use the Calm app as you relax at the Penn State Arboretum.


Some college students struggle with procrastination. Procrastination can involve putting off completing assignments, studying for exams, and writing papers. Procrastinating can decrease the quality of your work because it reduces the amount of time you have to study or prepare.  It may also increase your stress level.  

Learn new skills that will help keep your schoolwork on track.  Sign up for the free stress & time management service in 20 IM Building. 

Social Wellness

Social wellness refers to your ability to develop positive relationships with others. College can be an ideal time to meet new people from all over the world and make long-lasting friendships. Volunteering in the community or joining a new club can help you build or strengthen your support system. Check out the social wellness toolkitYou will learn various strategies to improve your social health & wellness. 

Digital Wellness

Do your devices control your life?  Or are you in control of your devices?  These are important questions to consider if you use a phone, computer, tablet and/or social media. A growing body of research is examining our relationship with technology and our digital wellness.   

Set guidelines and boundaries for when and how you use technology. Can you delete Facebook from your phone and only check it online?  Or maybe do not use social media after 8 pm.  This will look different for everyone but challenge yourself to set a goal.  You may notice a change in your mental, emotional, and social wellbeing!  For tips and tools to manage your technology, check out: 


The American Heart Association reports that spending time in nature can help relieve stress and anxiety, improve your mood, and boost feelings of happiness and wellbeing. Join the world’s largest treasure hunt by checking out Geocaching. Download the Geocaching app to get started. There are 651 geocaches around State College!