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Health Education in the Classroom

Wellness State is a peer health education program designed to integrate technology with health education in the classroom.
The modules are created specifically for freshman, and content is consistent with student health issues and concerns on the OSU campus and areas of focus outlined by the Centers for Disease Control.

The Wellness State Impact

"Each year at the start of First Year Seminar, I ask students to identify, on a notecard, what their biggest fear, concern or worry is as they start college. Over the last few years, it is obvious that students always include becoming overwhelmed, stressed out and/or concerned about how they will manage anxiety in a new place. Because of this, I started asking the Department of Wellness to provide a presentation on tips and resources.
For students, the impact is realizing that everyone struggles from time to time and that there are ways to deal with those struggles, including having someone to support them and talk to them on campus. I also hear our student mentors that are in class tell their small groups that they started using services provided on campus, which also makes the new freshmen feel more comfortable doing so as well."
— Dr. Deb VanOverbeke, Ferguson College of Agriculture
Professor teaching in classroom

ModulesEach module is designed to last one class period and is composed of two components: An internet-based assignment students complete prior to the classroom session, and an interactive and educational session presented by OSU student facilitators.

Stress Management

Focuses on how stress affects you as a college student, coping strategies and time-management skills.

Body Image

Explains eating disorders, healthy body image and the media’s impact on body image.

Alcohol Education

Discusses the laws and regulations related to alcohol use, how alcohol affects the body and the norms on our campus.


Relays information about general nutrition, healthy eating on and off campus, My Plate and reading food labels.

Physical Activity

Emphasizes the components of physical activity, including addressing barriers to becoming active and the benefits of establishing and maintaining healthy levels of activity.

Sexual Health

Addresses symptoms, risks and treatments for sexually transmitted infections, HIV and coping with sexual pressure.

Substance Use

Emphasizes the effects and risk factors of commonly used substances on a college campus; specifically stimulants, opioids, marijuana, and tobacco.

Mental Health

Addresses the most common mental health concerns facing todays students in a non-threatening manner, while also providing resources which allow students the greatest opportunities for success.

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