The Office of Health Education provides preventive and educational strategies to help students achieve well-being in mind, body, and spirit. The office is dedicated to empowering students to become the healthiest version of themselves while at Wooster, and beyond.
Alcohol Abuse Prevention and Education
The Health Promotion office utilizes a harm-reduction approach to addressing student alcohol consumption. The following evidence-based interventions are designed to provide students with resources to make the best decisions possible:
- TIPS (Training for Intervention ProcedureS) for the University — A 2.5-hour program that provides students with the knowledge to reduce high-risk drinking behavior among their peers.
- CHOICES (Cultivating Healthy Opportunities In College EnvironmentS) — A 2-session alcohol abuse prevention program that helps students make safer choices regarding alcohol consumption.
Emotional, physical, social, and spiritual factors affect health, and these evidence-based interventions encourage students to strengthen the connection between mind and body. Benefits may include reduced stress and anxiety, better sleep, and an overall increase in well-being.
- Koru Mindfulness — Specifically designed for college students by physicians from Duke University, this program will teach participants mindfulness and meditation techniques to manage stress, and reduce worry and fear.
- Project Breathe — Mindful breathing is a natural and effective tool for optimizing health. This course will teach students breathing techniques that will reduce stress and increase productivity and performance.
- Muscle Refresh — Tense muscles send stress signals to the brain, whether or not you are actually stressed out. This program uses progressive muscle relaxation to release tension, ease discomfort, and promote better sleep.
Lunch Hour Wellness
Regular exercise has important benefits such as reduced health risks, improved sleep, memory, and concentration. Lunch Hour Wellness classes provide a convenient fitness option for all students. Class days and times will be announced at the beginning of each semester.
- Power Yoga – This all-levels class will help students build strength and flexibility through a series of postures linked by breath. The session will end with deep relaxation. Class is taught by Emily Moorefield Mariola, Registered Yoga Teacher, and owner of Flex Yoga Wooster.
- Beginning Basics Yoga – This beginner level class will teach students the basics of each yoga pose while building strength and flexibility at a slower and steadier pace. Elements of alignment, mindfulness, and relaxation will also be included. Class is taught by Rachel David, Registered Yoga Teacher and health education coordinator.
- Thursday HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) – This high intensity class will improve your fitness and stamina. Strength-based interval exercises will target all of the major muscle groups using bodyweight and cardio bursts. Class is taught by Aaron Bieniek, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
Scot Wellness Peer Health Education
As the public health and outreach arm of the Longbrake Student Wellness Center, the peer education program will play an important role in student health. Peer educators will promote wellness, plan events, collect data, and connect students to health-related resources. Topics include:
- Alcohol Abuse Prevention and Education
- Communication and Relationships
- Exercise and Nutrition
- Mental Health and Reducing Stigma
- Preventing and Managing Illness
- Stress Management
*All services can be implemented in multiple formats, including small groups, class presentations, individual sessions, and workshops.
Contact Rachel David with questions.