Wellness Promotion Programming

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

Alcohol
Cannabis
Health Promotion
Mental Health
Other Drug Education (prescription misuse, stimulants, hallucinogens, depressants)
Physical Health (nutrition, exercise)
Tobacco
Sexual health
Well-being

The Office of Wellness Promotion offers a series of educational workshops related to the topical areas listed above on this webpage. Some workshops have been adapted for remote facilitation through the department’s D2L page or live via zoom which may change the format in which some activities are completed. Students can request access to the D2L webpage by emailing wellness@wcupa.edu. All in-person or live zoom facilitations require registration through the department’s RamConnect page (https://ramconnect.wcupa.edu/student_community?club_id=20016). Information about upcoming facilitations is listed on the programming calendar below.

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • Flu Facts 101: Flu Facts 101 will provide students the opportunity to learn about the flu and effective strategies to reduce its spread through activities such as practicing effective handwashing, case study discussions, and a myth or fact game. Through this workshop, students will learn how to differentiate between symptoms of the flu and cold, strategies to reduce the likelihood of becoming ill, and how to properly wash their hands. This program is available via live facilitation. 

  • 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. 

To request a workshop: Wellness Promotion Program Request Form

The Office of Wellness Promotion is available to facilitate any of the educational workshops listed above for a class, organization or group. The initiatives include education and interactive activities to engage students around a variety of topics. In most cases, a team of Certified 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 a workshop facilitation. 

Please note that during the fall 2020 semester, all workshop facilitations will be conducted via zoom. To submit a request, please use the Wellness Promotion Program Request Form

Rams on TRAC (Training in Responsible Alcohol Consumption)

Description about rams on trac program

West Chester University is committed to the well-being and safety of our students. Rams on TRAC was developed by the Office of Wellness  Promotion to equip all new students with accurate information about alcohol use.

Whether you make the choice to consume alcohol or not, we want to empower you to make informed decisions about use and share what is learned to have a positive impact on your peers and our campus community.

Rams on TRAC is an online, D2L module, that was launched during National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week 2020. All incoming students are asked to complete this program even if completing something similar previously, as the WCU created module contains specific information important to our campus community.

Anyone with questions about Rams on TRAC can contact the Office of Wellness Promotion at wellness@wcupa.edu. All students, regardless of whether or not you are new to WCU or not, can complete the program by reaching out to the Office of Wellness Promotion to receive access to the course. All incoming students will receive notification of the course when they log on to D2L.

The CHOICES workshop (a 90-minute group session) uses an interactive journal that engages students in learning about alcohol use and provides opportunities to apply the information to their individual life circumstances. Students will have the opportunity to learn from their peers in this group environment.

The primary goals of the Choices program include: 

  • providing accurate information about alcohol use including: normative facts vs. expectations
  • myths about alcohol
  • physiological facts about alcohol
  • expectancies
  • BAC
  • standard drink sizes
  • tolerance
  • consequences associated with use
  • alcohol poisoning risk and response
  • personal risk assessment and harm reduction
  • self-monitoring
  • informing students about their level of exposure to harm
  • providing a menu of strategies to encourage making behavior change

Choices group workshops will be offered on the following dates and times through Zoom video:

Tuesdays @ 2pm:
February 2 
March 2
March 23
April 20
April 27

Thursdays @10am:
February 18
April 8
May 6

*please contact wellness@wcupa.edu if you have a circumstance that would prevent you from being able to attend one of these session times.

How do I schedule a Choices workshop?

To register for a Choices workshop, visit https://ramconnect.wcupa.edu/wellnessed/club_signup.  If you are not already a member of the Wellness Promotion RamConnect group, please click “join” and sign up using your WCU email information. Once you have joined the Wellness Promotion RamConnect group and are signed in, choose the Wellness Promotion group icon (look for the sunflowers) and click on “Events” (either as a green and white tile or on left hand side of screen in vertical grey bar/calendar icon). You can then search for upcoming workshops by simply using filter feature and typing in “Choices” to view all available workshops that the Office of Wellness Promotion is offering during each semester. Once you identify a workshop day and time that works for you, simply click on the workshop event and register. Upon registration, you may view the workshop and zoom meeting details. You will receive a workshop RSVP email with further on instructions on who your workshop facilitator is and workshop cancellation reminders, as well as an email reminder 2 days prior to your scheduled Choices workshop.

What happens if I am running late for my Choices workshop or I need to reschedule?

If you are running late (more than 5 minutes after your workshop starts), please email wellness@wcupa.edu; you will need to reschedule if you are more than 5 minutes late. On the day of your workshop, if you need to reschedule or cancel, please contact us no later than one hour prior to the workshop by calling the Office of Wellness Promotion at 610-436-0730 (please leave a voicemail if no one answers with your name, student ID, and the best phone number to return your call). Please note that in order to complete the Choices program, you must attend the entire 90-minute workshop.

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.  During the spring 2021 semester, these sessions will take place remotely via zoom. Students can register to participate on the Office of Wellness Promotion’s RamConnect Page (https://ramconnect.wcupa.edu/student_community?club_id=20016). 

Upcoming Spring 2021 Wellness Wednesdays:
February 24: Drunkorexia
March 3: Sky Smirnoff and St. Patty's Day
March 31: Nostalgia and the Good Ol' Days
April 14: Joints, Dabs and More
April 22: UV Rays, Sunscreen & Looking 20 Forever

Refresh Sleep campaign - image of people in pajamas, at a desk looking tired.
Are you having trouble getting quality sleep?  Are you interested in learning how to get more restful nights?  The Office of Wellness Promotion is launching The Refresh Sleep Program which 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. 


Students will keep a weekly sleep log and will spend on average 30 minutes per week with the program content that includes information about:
      The physiology of sleep
       Sleep hygiene
       Relaxation techniques
       Mindfulness
       Cognitive strategies


The Refresh Sleep Program will begin on Monday, March 8.  Please register for the program here by Sunday, March 7.   The first 50 students to register will receive a free sleep kit and students who complete the program and evaluation will be entered to win free WCU gear!

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 spring 2021 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. Based upon the University's decision for remote instructions during spring 2021, the office is able to ship a limited quantity of Ram Boxes to students residing more than 30 miles from WCU each month.  Boxes are not eligible to be shipped internationally.  Requests are on a first come, first serve basis. 
***Please note that the last day to request a Ram Box for the spring semester is April 30, 2021.  We will reopen the program during the fall 2021 semester.

Request Your Ram Box Here

  • Quit Kit Box: This box contains a series of tools and resources to assist students with quitting tobacco use including vaping, chewing, or smoking. Included in each kit are Quitspiration notes, a Quitter kit including supplies to assist with managing consumption urges, educational content on the benefits of quitting, goal setting and journal sheets, and information on apps to support your quitting journey. A student can request this box once a semester. 
  • RubHub Box:  Students can select from a variety of sexual health supplies including internal condoms, external condoms, dams, lube, and abstinence kits. Included in each kit are the supplies, educational content on the supplies requested, and a sexual health education resource. This box can be requested once every 30 days. 

Coming Soon...The Game of Well-Being!

         


 

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