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Cougar Health Services February 2016

Vision clinic open now

Student receiving vision care

As of March 7, WSU students can access vision care right here on campus! Health & Wellness Services is adding optometry to the wide range of medical services we provide. We’re always collecting student feedback on how we should improve and expand our services, and vision services are one of the most popular requests.

Our new vision clinic opens on March 7, and students can begin scheduling appointments by phone starting on February 29. The vision clinic will be housed in the Washington building, the same location as our main medical clinic, and will be open during the same hours. The vision clinic will have its own separate entrance located down the outside stairs on the right side of the main clinic doors.

Our services at the vision clinic will include:

  • Comprehensive eye exams
  • Contact lens fittings
  • Frame adjustments & repairs
  • Pre- and post-op LASIK care
  • Treatment for eye conditions and injuries

The clinic will carry a large selection of quality frames with something to fit every budget! Our stock includes designer frames and sunglasses from Tom Ford, Ray Ban and Nike. We’ll also be offering a Cougar Package designed to cover everything you need without going over your insurance’s hardware benefit. The package will include selected frames, single vision polycarbonate lenses and an anti-reflective coating for just $200 – a great option for graduate students on the WSU GSA insurance plan.

For more information on the vision clinic, call 509-335-0360.

Need help quitting tobacco?

students discuss quitting tobacco

If you’re thinking about quitting tobacco, now’s a great time to start! Starting this fall, WSU Pullman will become a tobacco-free campus.

Quitting is tough! But know that you are not alone. Health & Wellness Services has a variety of free resources to help WSU students nix nicotine. We can help you explore your options for quitting, improve your motivation and learn new ways to manage stress and cravings.

Nicotine replacements (gum, patches, or lozenges) are also available at no charge to students who participate in ongoing tobacco cessation counseling. If you’d like to find out how we can help you quit, call 509-335-3575.

In the meantime, here are five quick tips to help you get started:

  1. Know why you want to quit. Make sure your motivation is strong enough to outweigh the urge to light up.
  2. Set a quit date. Choosing a specific quit date can help you get serious about your plan to stop using tobacco. Try to find a day when you won’t be too busy or stressed.
  3. Celebrate the small milestones. On top of the health benefits, quitting tobacco can save a lot of money. Reward your achievements and spend the cash you’ve saved on something you enjoy.
  4. Don’t do it alone. Tell the people in your life that you’re planning to quit, join a support group, talk to a counselor, or download an app to receive reminders and support. Counseling and nicotine replacements can significantly improve your chance of success and help ease the symptoms of withdrawal.
  5. Take care of yourself. Caring for your body and mind can help alleviate the stress of quitting tobacco. Exercise will improve your mood and energy. Strive for 7-8 hours of sleep every night, eat a balanced diet and drink plenty of water.
  6. Try and try again. Most people try to quit smoking an average of 8 times before they succeed. Don’t give up! Each time you attempt to quit, you can learn something new about what does and doesn’t work for you, and what you need for success in the future.

Want more? Check out and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Take a health survey and enter to win $300

Hands typing on a laptop computer taking the NCHA survey

Help us learn more about health and safety on our campus! Take a 20-minute survey from Health & Wellness Services and the National College Health Assessment (NCHA) and enter to win a $300 cash prize. The survey will close March 11, so make sure to take it soon! To access your survey invitation, log into and check your notices.

For more information, contact Marsha Turnbull at