The Office of Wellness Promotion provides education on the following topics in a variety of modalities:

Alcohol, Cannabis, Tobacco, and Other Drug Education (prescription misuse, stimulants, hallucinogens, depressants)
Gratitude
Health Promotion

Mental Health
Physical Health (nutrition, movement)
Sexual health
Sleep

Well-being

To submit a program request, please use the Wellness Promotion Program Request Form.  

When making your request, please note the required tech needs for programs.  

*Note that we do not offer large quantities of contraception for distribution outside of our programming efforts.

Workshops

The Office of Wellness Promotion is available to facilitate the educational workshops listed below for a class, resident hall, organization, or group. The workshops include education and interactive activities to engage students around a variety of topics. In many cases, a team of peer educators will assist with the facilitation of the programs. The Office of Wellness Promotion requests a minimum of 7 business days notice when requesting the facilitation of a workshop.   Not part of an organization or group but would like to participate?  Check out our program offerings on the Office of Wellness Promotion RamConnect page.  

To submit a request, please use the Wellness Promotion Program Request Form.   When making your request, please note the required tech needs for programs.  

*programs approved in the WCU Ram Plan Co-Curricular Transcript.  For additional details, click here.

 

  • Any Ram Can-Bystander Intervention*: Any Ram Can is a program designed to engage students in conversation about being an active bystander with emphasis on alcohol use. Through several different modalities such a trivia, role playing, and working through a case study, students will explore various bystander intervention strategies, identify the qualities of being an active and engaged bystander, and learn about the university’s medical amnesty program. In addition, this workshop provides students the opportunity to discuss recent current events related to bystander intervention on college campuses. This program is available via live facilitation or the department’s D2L page. 

  • Choices About Cannabis:  The Choices About Cannabis workshop provides students with the opportunity to learn about the effects of cannabis on their brain and body, the impact of being around those who consume it, as well as the impact it may be having on their life if choosing to use cannabis in an interactive small group environment with their peers.  The information in this workshop can help students make informed decisions if they choose to consume cannabis or help others who might make the decision to consume.  

November 28 @ 9am (via Zoom)

December 7 @ 12pm (via Zoom)

To register and for additional information, visit Ram Connect: ramconnect.wcupa.edu and search Wellness Promotion Events.

  • Decisions About Drinking: The Decisions About Drinking workshop provides students with the opportunity to learn about the effects of alcohol on their brain and body, the impact of being around those who consume it, as well as the impact it may be having on their life if choosing to drink, in an interactive small group environment with their peers. This program provides an opportunity for students to have an open and honest conversation about various topics such as standard drink size and WCU policies, resources and supports regarding alcohol.  

November 22 @ 1:30pm (via Zoom)

December 5 @ 9am (via Zoom)

To register and for additional information, visit Ram Connect: ramconnect.wcupa.edu and search Wellness Promotion Events.

  • Discovering Well-Being*: Discovering Well-Being is a program designed to engaged students in conversations around the concept of well-being and the influence on student’s lives at WCU and beyond. During this workshop, students will have the opportunity to participate in interactive activities to explore how focus, the ability to empathize and express compassion, the impact of inspiration on personal drive, and how thoughts and beliefs influence our expectations connect back to well-being. During this introduction to well-being, students will learn strategies and resources available on campus to assist them in further exploring and practicing well-being. This program is available via the department’s D2L page. 

  • Microwaves & Mini-Fridges*: This workshop will offer information and provide a cooking demonstration where students will be observe how a nutritious meal or snack can be made via a microwave to increase student’s self-efficacy in eating more nutritiously. During this workshop, students will play a game to learn more about various foods and nutrients. Students will then be able to put their knowledge to the test by creating a virtual nutritious meal or snack in a microwave. 

  • Shift Happens: Shift Happens is a program designed to challenge student norms and perceptions about alcohol and drug use by college students.  Students will have the opportunity to reflect on their own perceptions about alcohol and drug use, review current substance use data for the collegiate setting, and gain skills to confront and dispel misperceptions around alcohol and drug use. 
  • Voice Your Values:  This peer-led workshop leads students through a variety of reflective activities and dialogues to discuss what is a value, how values influence decision-making, and assist students in identifying their personal values. This workshop builds on Discovering Well-Being and further explores one of the measurable pillars of well-being, purpose. 

December 6 @ 10am (in person: Sykes 257)

To register and for additional information, visit Ram Connect: ramconnect.wcupa.edu and search Wellness Promotion Events

Wellness Wednesdays

Join the Office of Wellness Promotion on Wednesdays throughout the semester for interactive, guided activities and discussion facilitated by members of our Peer Education team connected to well-being.  Additional information about upcoming Wellness Wednesday events can be found on RamConnect.  

RefRAMe Campaign

About:

The Office of Wellness Promotion has received funding from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB), Bureau of Alcohol Education’s Reducing Underage Drinking and Dangerous Drinking (RUDD) Grant to develop and enhance alcohol education programming for WCU students through the development of several initiatives including the RefRAMe Campaign . The campaign is aimed at reframing the campus culture around alcohol use.  Misperceptions and misinformation lead to overestimating use, pressure to consume, normalizing dangerous behaviors, and diminished risk of behaviors.   

The goals of the RefRAMe Campaign include: 
-Developing institutional capacity through data collection and analysis to identify ways in which the role of alcohol on our campus culture can be reframed  
-Implementing strategic initiatives to reframe campus culture through conversation, environment, and events   
-Developing  evaluation measures to assess effectiveness of campaign efforts in changing campus culture  

Campaign Resources:

Ram Connect

WCU Student Support Center

WCU Pet Therapy Program

Refresh Sleep Program

Are you having trouble getting quality sleep? Are you interested in learning how to get more restful nights? The Refresh Sleep program, developed at Stanford University, provides college students with skills and strategies to achieve better sleep. Course material is distributed to students weekly for a total of 7 weeks through email.

Student participants will receive weekly email tips and strategies to achieve more restful night sleep as well as a weekly sleep log. Students will spend on average 10-30 minutes per week with the program content that includes information about:

  • The physiology of sleep
  • Sleep hygiene
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Mindfulness
  • Cognitive strategies

The next 7-week Refresh Sleep Program begins in Spring 2023.

Having Trouble Getting Enough Sleep? Register for the Refresh Sleep Program. Spend less than 30 minutes weekly with Refresh Sleep to boost sleep quality and improve snooze. Refresh Sleep is a 7-week email based program. Register by September 23 on Ram Connect (Wellness Promotion) Program begins September 26. First 50 participants to register receive a free sleep kit

The Ram Box

The Ram Box is a FREE initiative through the Office of Wellness Promotion that functions similar to a subscription box. Through this initiative, students can request a box that includes educational materials and some fun surprises connected to the topic of the box. The Ram Box is packaged in a discreet manner so no one other than the requestor knows the content included. Below are the different types of boxes available for students to request during the fall 2022 semester. Students will receive notification via wellness@wcupa.edu when their box is ready for pick-up from the Student Health Vestibule (before entering Student Health) in the Lower Level of Commonwealth Hall. We are able to ship a limited quantity of Ram Boxes to students taking all their classes remotely or taking their classes on Exton/Philadelphia campus AND reside more than 30 miles from WCU.  Boxes are not eligible to be shipped internationally. Requests are on a first come, first serve basis

***RAM BOX ORDERS FOR FALL 2022 WILL CLOSE DECEMBER 6TH.  THE LAST DAY FOR RAM BOX PICKUP WILL BE DECEMBER 12TH.

  • Connect-a-Box: This box contains a series of tools and resources to assist students with creating connections with each other.  Included in the kit are jokes, popcorn, human resilience stickers, conversation starters, and educational content on how these things can help individuals in forming strong relationships.  This box can be requested once a semester.

Fresh Check Day

Fresh Check Day is a signature program from the Jordan Porco Foundation designed to bring awareness to mental health promotion and suicide prevention. This event includes interactive booths and peer-to-peer messaging through a fun and interactive event.  The program's primary goals include:

  • Increase awareness of mental health resources and services available to students
  • Reduce stigma and misconceptions about mental health and suicide that often deter individuals from seeking help
  • Empower peers to be gatekeepers by understanding warning signs and knowing what to do if a friend is exhibiting signs of suicide or mental health concerns
  • Increase willingness to ask for help if experiencing emotional distress.

To learn more about Fresh Check Day, click here.

Check Up From the Neck Up Week - A Week Focused on the Importance of Mental Health. September 18th-23rd, Sunday: Rams Let's Walk: 9am at 700 S. Church Street, register at bit.ly/ramswalk. Monday: Morning Mindful Moment: Gratitude: 8:30am - 9am via Zoom, register on the Wellness Promotion RamConnect for link. Tuesday: Check Up From the Neck Up: Mental Health Screenings: 11am - 1pm in the Sykes Ballrooms, Therapy Dogs: 6pm - 7:30pm in Sykes. Wednesday: Fresh Check Day: 1-3pm in the Academic Quad (rain location: MAC court), Therapy Dogs: 1-2:30pm in the Academic Quad (part of Fresh Check Day). Thursday: Group Guided Meditation: 2:30pm in Brandywine Hall Classroom 010. Friday: Bewell Hut: Affirmation Jars: 1pm, location will be posted in Wellness Promotion RamConnect, Open Wellness Coaching Hour: 3pm-4pm, via Zoom, register in the Wellness Promotion RamConnect from link. Co-sponsored by the Counseling Center and Office of Wellness Promotion, with Ram's Walk by Athletics. For more information, email wellness@wcupa.edu.

Student Health and Well-Being Expo

The Office of Wellness Promotion and the WCU Department of Health are coordinating a Student Health and Well-Being Expo scheduled for Wednesday, November 16 from 1-3pm in the Student Recreation Center.  Join us for interactive educational booths and hands on activities to learn more about how you can be well @WCU.  More information and details to come!

West Chester University Inaugural Student Health and Well-Being Expo - Wed. November 16 | 1pm - 3pm - Campus Recreation MAC Courts. Interested in participating as a vendor? Use the QR code below to complete the registration form by September 30, 2022.

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