Student Services

  • Health Promotion

    In the Health Promotion Office at Worcester State University, we support your healthy lifestyle choices through wellness education and prevention so that you can build your skills to make responsible, informed decisions regarding your health. We are your source for alcohol and drug information as well as prevention approaches. We are committed to providing an inclusive environment that supports your academic success and well-being.

    Our office coordinate a variety of programs and services on these issues, including:

    • eCheckUp To Go are web-based alcohol, marijuana, tobacco and sexual violence prevention programs that use evidence-based behavior interventions designed to motivate students to reduce their consumption using personalized feedback. The eCheckup to Go alcohol and sexual violence program is mandatory for all incoming first-year students, but all programs are available to every student using these links:

      Alcohol
      Marijuana
      Tobacco
      Sexual Violence
       
    • A Slice of Prevention~Lunch & Learn Series provides the WSU community with health and wellness presentations by speakers from WSU or outside organizations during lunch hours. The goal is to provide health and wellness information on a variety of different topics in a relaxed atmosphere.
       
    • Alcohol Task Force is a committee of faculty, staff and students that meets monthly to discuss alcohol- and drug-related issues, evaluate current program efforts, review policies, and make recommendations about policy and environmental outreach strategies.
       
    • BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students) is an evidence-based intervention program that helps students examine their own alcohol use. Students may self-refer or be referred through the student-conduct process.
       
    • NCAA Life Skills and Apple Team is coordinated by our office in collaboration with the Athletics Department to provide student-athletes life-skills programming that is useful throughout the college experience and after graduation. The NCAA Life Skills philosophy stems from the belief that excellence is a result of a balanced life, including academic achievement, athletic success, and personal well-being. Visit the Athletics Life Skills web page for more information.
       
    • We Speak Up is WSU’s bystander empowerment campaign. Through programs and presentations, the campaign’s goal is to build a community of individual leadership and shared responsibility and to create a campus culture where our community understands their voices are valued.
       
    • Peer Health Educators are trained through the BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA to provide impactful peer education programs to WSU students on a variety of health topics. Any student interested in becoming a peer health educator should contact Jen Quinn. (jquinn@worcester.edu) Some of the peer health educator programs include:
      • Hump Day – Table events on Wednesdays to raise awareness about sexual health, sexually transmitted infection prevention, screenings and available resources.
      • Health Education Tables – Table events that take place throughout the year on a variety of topics, including the flu, illness prevention, concussions, heart health, alcohol and drunk driving, skin cancer prevention, breast and testicular cancer awareness, and tobacco use.
      • Impaired Driving – A program held each semester in collaboration with University Police that simulates impaired driving by driving a golf cart while wearing alcohol vision goggles.

    Tobacco-Free Campus
    Worcester State University is a tobacco-free campus the use of tobacco products of any kind, including any nicotine-delivery system, will not be permitted in or on WSU-owned or -leased property, including buildings, residence halls, grounds, community garden, athletic fields, walkways, parking lots, bus stops, and parked vehicles on campus grounds. (Nicotine replacement therapy is permitted.) This policy applies to all faculty, staff, students, visitors, vendors, and contractors.

    The Health Promotion Office offers information and resources for quitting. Health Promotion Specialist Jen Quinn is a certified tobacco treatment specialist. Contact her for details about her services.

  • Smoking Cessation Resources

    1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) is confidential telephone line that provides information,referral, and counseling at no charge to smokers who want to quit.

    The Massachusetts Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program is dedicated to reducing the health and economic burden of tobacco use. 

    Try to Stop is an interactive website that offers smokers expert advice, interactive bulletin board, self-directed quitting tools, resources, and information. Available in 9 languages. 

    The Massachusetts Smokers' Helpline provides free and confidential information and counseling to tobacco users referred by health-care providers and to state residents who call directly for support. The Helpline also responds to calls from friends and family members of tobacco users, health-care providers, educators, tobacco-control professionals, and the general public. A 2-week free nicotine patch starter kit is available to those patients who qualify. 

    Smokefree TXT is a mobile service designed for young adults across the United States. It was created to provide 24/7 encouragement, advice, and tips to help smokers quit for good.

    QuitSTART is a free smartphone app that can help smokers track cravings and moods, monitor their progress toward achieving smoke-free milestones, identify smoking triggers, and upload personalized "pick me ups" and reminders to use during challenging times to help them successfully become and stay smoke free.

    Many health insurance plans help cover the cost of medicines and counseling to help people quit smoking. Call the customer service phone number on the back of your insurance card to see what smoking cessation benefits you have.

    Additional Resources

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  • CONTACT US
     
    Health Promotion
    Student Center
    Office SC-338
    508-929-8243

    Jennifer Quinn
    Health and Wellness Educator
    jquinn@worcester.edu