Student Services

  • Health and Wellness

    In the Health and Wellness Office at Worcester State University, we support your healthy lifestyle choices through education and prevention so that you can make informed decisions regarding your health. We are your source for alcohol and drug education as well as prevention information. In fact, we coordinate a variety of campus-wide programs on these issues.

    Our programs include:
    • Alcohol Edu is an evidence-based, online prevention education program with a personalized approach that impacts both individual behavior and campus culture. All first-year students are required to complete Alcohol Edu prior to coming to campus.
    • Alcohol Task Force provides guidance and oversight on alcohol- and drug-related issues on campus. Faculty and staff make up the task force, which meets monthly to discuss alcohol- and drug-related issues, evaluate current program efforts, review policies, and make recommendations about policy and 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.
    • H.E.A.T. (Health Education Awareness Team) is a group of peer health educators who work with us to offer awareness programs to the campus community.
    • NCAA Life Skills and Apple Team is a program offered jointly by Athletics and our office to student-athletes that educates them about ways to attain—and maintain—a well-balanced, healthy lifestyle.
    • We Speak Up is a pro-social behavior and bystander empowerment/intervention program that educates students to be proactive in helping others.

    Tobacco-Free Campus
    The Worcester State University campus will become tobacco-free on September 4, 2014, and our office has educational material and cessation resources available for students, faculty, and staff. Use of tobacco products or 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 100% tobacco-free policy will apply to all faculty, staff, students, visitors, vendors, and contractors. 

  • 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