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Now hiring student facilitators

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We’re looking for outstanding students to join our team! Holistic wellness facilitators work closely with Health & Wellness Services staff to provide health education and services to fellow students.

Our facilitators get hands-on experience with health promotion – a must for students seeking careers in health, counseling or education. We provide facilitators with extensive training, including CPR certification, health screening practice and presentation skills. In the second semester of volunteering, we also offer facilitators the opportunity to shadow our healthcare providers and gain clinical experience.

Interested in joining us for the 2016-17 academic year? Check out the position description for more info and apply on CougSync by April 13 at 5:00 p.m.

If you have questions, contact Taylor Schwab at 509-335-0106 or Taylor.Schwab@wsu.edu.

Over 450 attend Coug Health Fair

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Did you join us for the largest health fair in the region? Over 450 students, employees and community members took part in Coug Health Fair this year.

Hosted each year by Health & Wellness Services and the Cougar Health Awareness Team (CHAT), Coug Health Fair offers an opportunity for participants to pick up tips for improving their wellbeing and learn about the health resources available in our community.

This year:

  • 62 health-focused organizations and groups from the Pullman-Moscow community joined us for the fair. Exhibitors offered information on services and resources, plus all kinds of giveaways—everything from fresh apples at the WSU Tukey Orchard booth to free chair massages from Gritman Medical Center!
  • 40 participants received health screenings from HWS facilitators. During screenings, facilitators check participants’ cholesterol and blood pressure and teach them how to perform breast and testicular self-exams. Tracking your numbers and performing regular self-exams can be critical for preventing potentially life-threatening diseases, and many students don’t realize how important it is to start these healthy habits now!
  • 30 participants donated blood to the Inland Northwest Blood Center. Each donation of blood can save up to three lives!
  • 6,659 tickets for 30 door prizes were given out to participants who interacted with exhibitors. We selected prizes designed to help support healthy habits, including a Fitbit, a Nutribullet gift package and gift certificates for massage and outdoor recreation trips.

If you missed this year’s fair, we still have plenty of opportunities for you to get a health screening and learn about health topics like stress, nutrition, fitness and sleep! Check out CougSync for the full list of workshops offered by Health & Wellness Services and our partners.

Get involved to help stop violence

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When thinking about violence happening in the world, or in your own community, have you ever thought, “I’m just one person. What can I possibly do?” At the Violence Prevention Programs office at Health & Wellness Services, we have a simple answer to that question – just do something!

Our team believes students are the key to preventing violence on campus. We work with exceptional student leaders who have a passion for making our campus safer. Our graduate assistant Amber Morczek and student employee Janille Lowe recently won Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Service Awards for their community service efforts around campus. Amber, a graduate student in Criminal Justice and Criminology, was recognized for her teaching, research, student activism, and volunteer work.

Janille, an undergraduate student double-majoring in Criminal Justice and Criminology and Psychology, was recognized as a member of WSU’s Queer People of Color and Allies, an organization working to create communities of support for queer people of color at our university. In addition to the wonderful work they’re doing around campus, Janille and Amber spend time in our office answering phones, greeting visitors, serving as representatives on university committees and giving presentations in classrooms and to student groups.

We’re always looking for more exceptional students to join our team! Volunteers help staff our office, set up for presentations and events, serve on student committees and engage in thoughtful conversations about keeping our campus safe. No experience is necessary to volunteer with our program. We are looking for students who are willing to participate in honest and open conversations about supporting victims and preventing violence. Our volunteers gain leadership and communication skills and make connections with others who share their interests.

If you’d like to learn more about volunteering, contact Nikki at nfinnestead@wsu.edu.

Vision clinic open now

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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?

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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 smokefree.gov and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Take a health survey and enter to win $300

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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 my.wsu.edu and check your notices.

For more information, contact Marsha Turnbull at marshat@wsu.edu