Q: What is Wellness Education ?
A: Wellness Education, part of the Health Center, provides education and resources to the Framingham State community about the importance of making healthy choices and encourages students to see the connection between their lifestyle choices and their successes. By promoting wellness and fostering a healthy campus environment, our hope is that students can be better positioned for academic, personal, and professional success.
Areas of educational focus include reducing high risk behavior related to alcohol and drug use/abuse, the promotion of sexual responsibility, healthy choices around food and healthy body image. Additional areas of focus include improved sleep, stress reduction and smoking cessation.
Q: Where are you located?
A: Wellness Education is located in the Health and Wellness Center in Foster Hall, Room 208. The Health and Wellness Center is between the McCarthy Center and O’Connor Hall and is on the corner of State and Maynard. Come visit us!
Q: What wellness resources are available through your office?
A: The WE office has a number of resources available in the Wellness Annex.
- The AlcoholEdu online assessment tool provides information and personalized feedback about alcohol use and strategies for helping others who might be abusing alcohol.
- The e-TOKE is an interactive online tool that provides information and personalized feedback about marijuana use.
- Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) cards help students calculate their BAC based on their gender, weight, number of drinks, and time interval of consumption. These wallet-sized cards are individually tailored to an individual’s weight and gender.
Q: What services are available at the WE office?
A: WE provides a broad range of services which focus on healthy choices and decision making. Some of these services include educational assessments with individual students regarding drug and alcohol use, outreach programming on a number of educational topics (see next question), promoting national awareness campaigns that focus on social issues important to college students, academic research, classroom presentations, and referrals to either campus offices or off-campus community agencies.
Q: Do you do programming and outreach in the residence halls and on campus?
A: Yes! Some of the educational programs and informational events that our office has focused on in past years include outreach on topics such as relationship violence, eating disorders, impaired driving, stress reduction, sexual assault prevention and binge drinking. We have invited outside groups such as VOICES AGAINST VIOLENCE and MEDA (Multi-service Eating Disorders Association) to speak at our campus. If you have an interest in a particular topic, please call or stop by.
Q: I’ve heard that if I violate the alcohol or drug policy, then I take a class in your office. Is that true?
A: Yes. The WE office works with the Judicial Office to provide educational substance use assessments to students who violate the alcohol and drug policy. An initial alcohol or marijuana violation referral typically consists of completing the AlcoholEdu or e-TOKE online assessment tool and meeting with a WE staff member. The staff member provides feedback and recommendations to the student who has been referred.
Q: I’ve heard that you are affiliated with Peer Health Educators (S.E.A.L.S) and are currently recruiting students? Can you tell me more?
A: The S.E.A.L.S. (Support, Education, Action, Leadership, Strength) are volunteer student leaders trained to provide the FSU community with interactive, educational programs on health and wellness issues. If you are interested in joining, please call 508-626-4693 or stop by our office. We recruit students and begin the application process in the spring.
Q: How do I make an appointment?
A: Call us at 508-626-4693 to make an appointment or stop by our office in the Health and Wellness Center, Foster Hall, Room 208.