Healthy Student Organizations

The Healthy Student Organization program awards student organizations who work towards a healthier lifestyle!  Student organizations can attend an activity, create an activity, or work with campus resources to practice: physical, social, intellectual, occupational, environmental, financial, spiritual, or emotional wellness. Organizations who submit at least three forms demonstrating their participation in a healthy program will be awarded prizes! Win vouchers for discounted food orders from restaurants, win prizes, get public recognition, and more! Check out each dimension of wellness below! 

Participate with your organization today and be rewarded by a healthier lifestyle! Fill out the submisison form to begin being recognized! If you have any questions you can email the Wellness Graduate Assistant, Alyssa Begle

physicalPHYSICAL WELLNESS

Physical wellness is recognizing the need for physical activity, healthy foods, and sleep. You are capable of reducing your risk of many illnesses by increasing activity levels according to your abilities, getting a better night’s sleep, choosing healthier meals or snacks, and exploring the outdoors to reduce stress and increase energy levels.  Physical wellness involves all choices that will keep your body at an optimal health for functioning.  Be responsible when making decisions regarding alcohol, vaccinations, sexual health and more. As a college student, you are vulnerable to many important health decisions and will need to prioritize your personal health with your time management.  Be aware of your body’s needs and respond with a positive action.  Training your body and maintaining physical health will allow you to perform at your best with less stress on your body.

RESOURCES:  PURDUE FITNESS PROGRAMS | NUTRITION EDUCATION | SELF-ASSESSMENT 

OccupationalOCCUPATIONAL WELLNESS

Occupational wellness is personal satisfaction and enrichment from one's work. Occupational wellness encompasses overall satisfaction from things you are passionate about whether that is in school, work, or through volunteering. Right now your primary occupation is being a student!  Perhaps your occupational wellness can be found when dedicating yourself to your major and studies or maybe you need to improve wellness by finding a passion that you can volunteer your time towards. Wherever you would like to improve, don’t settle for being unsatisfied!  Stay motivated and work towards the satisfaction that you want in your class, at your work, or in volunteering with an organization.  Fulfillment can be improved by increasing skills and knowledge so you feel prepared.  It is crucial to enjoy what you do, make goals for your career, and realize the importance of finding a work and social life balance.  Maximize your time at work to allow yourself to enjoy your social life.  

RESOURCES: CENTER FOR CAREER OPPORTUNITIES | STUDENT EMPLOYMENT | STUDENT SUCCESS | SELF-ASSESSMENT 

FinancialFINANCIAL WELLNESS

Financial wellness is satisfaction with current and future financial situations. Financial wellness means making it a point to understand your finances, establish good financial habits, and begin to plan for the future. College often subjects students to significant financial distress.  Student debt, housing, bills, food, social expenses, and saving for your future all cause stress and dissatisfaction if not handled correctly. It is important to be aware of your spending and upcoming bills to develop financially smart habits.  Don’t put off financial problems– identify and address your problems early.  Take advantage of student discounts while in college.  Plan ahead for monthly expenses and set budget goals to stay on top of your spending.  Increase your knowledge about insurance, savings, checking, credit scores, taxes, 401 K and more to ensure you know how to plan well. 

RESOURCES: PURDUE MY MONEY | DIVISION OF FINANCIAL AID | FAFSA | OFFICE OF THE BURSAR | SELF-ASSESSMENT

EnvironmentalENVIRONMENTAL WELLNESS

Enviornmental wellness is good health by occupying pleasant, stimulating enviornments that support well-being. Environmental wellness involves creating a positive environment that has a calming and stimulating effect.  It includes environmental sustainability but it also includes the impact of anyone and anything around you.  Occupy environments that support your well-being by placing yourself in areas where you feel safe and supported.  Surround yourself with positive people who help you obtain your goals and allow you to excel personally, academically, and professionally.  A healthy environment includes respect and gratitude towards others which builds a campus that feels like home.  Be aware of all safety regulations and what to do in an emergency.  Cleanse your environment by starting today! Stop your junk mail, learn about campus regulations, use reusable shopping bags, recycle, make your travel more environmentally friendly, and most of all be aware of the impact you have on your own environment and others.

RESOURCES: PURDUE DIVERSITY & INCLUSIONDISCOVERY PARK FOR THE ENVIRONMENT | SELF-ASSESSMENT 

EmotionalEMOTIONAL WELLNESS

Emotional wellness is coping effectively with life and creating satisfying relationships. Emotional wellness means listening to your feelings!  Become aware of how you feel, understand why, and accept it.  Express them to people you trust and work to maintain a positive outlook about life.  You are in charge of your mind and it is up to you to choose the perspective you wish to have each and every day.  Learn to cope effectively with life’s stressors and create satisfying relationships with others.  Set priorities for yourself that are in line with your values.  Understand that failure IS an option.  Reflect on your mistakes, accept your mistakes, and plan for the future to avoid making the same mistakes.  As an organization work to build a strong social support network and foster acceptance of all individuals.  Learn to take time for personal care in your busy schedule by personally rewarding yourself and finding healthy stress coping strategies. With an understanding of your emotions and attitude, you will be able to build mutually beneficial relationships based on trust.

RESOURCES: COUNSELING AND PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES | C.A.R.E. OFFICE | MENTAL WELLNESS TASK FORCE | SELF-ASSESSMENT

IntellectualINTELLECTUAL WELLNESS

Intellectual wellness is recognizing creative abilities and finding ways to expand knowledge and skills. Intellectual wellness means working to be a lifelong learner by expanding your knowledge and finding creative outlets that stimulate both your mind and your sense of curiosity. Make yourself open to learning new ideas and viewing the opposite perspective.  Stay up to date on current events and issues in the world. Discern what information will allow you to grow as an individual when reading the newspaper, watching TV, or diving into your textbook.  Obtain good study and time management skills and continue to work on these with each day. Identify when you are struggling to understand new knowledge and seek help to understand by getting a tutor, attending office hours, or meeting with your professor.  Develop yourself for lifelong learning by working on your interview skills, writing skills, and short and long term learning goals. Pick up a  book, start a hobby, learn a new language, or watch a documentary! 

RESOURCES: STUDENT SUCCESS | PURDUE WRITING LAB | STUDENT SUCCESS WORKSHOPS | SELF-ASSESSMENT

SpiritualSPIRITUAL WELLNESS

Spiriutal wellness is expanding a sense of purpose and meaning in life. Excellent spiritual wellness means truly connecting with yourself, nature, and others to bring balance and peace to your life.  By taking time to discover what values and beliefs are the most important to you, you will begin to expand a sense of purpose and meaning in life.  Spiritual wellness can include religious faith, personal values, ethics, morals, volunteering, and self reflection. College is a difficult time to learn to accept who you are and often you become so busy that you forget what it is that makes you the incredible individual that you are. Take time to yourself to look inward and discover the person you currently are and the person you desire to be.  Find out what drives you and what you lean on to cope when things become too overwhelming.  These beliefs and values will be reflected in your career, social relationships, philanthropy, volunteering, eating, and physical activity.  Being in touch with your body will help shape all dimensions of wellness.

RESOURCES: BOILER VOLUNTEER NETWORK | CAMPUS FAITH | SELF-ASSESSMENT

SocialSOCIAL WELLNESS

Social wellness is developing a sense of connection, belonging, and a well developed suppport system. Being at a large university, you will interact with and see many people each day.  Make at least one social connection daily, seek advice from peers or support groups, and create healthy friendships. Explore diversity in your social interactions by communicating with people of different majors, cultures, backgrounds, and beliefs. Enjoy the time you spend with others and find time for both academic responsibilities and social responsibilities. It is important to value time alone as well as with other people and fulfilling the need for both.  Learn to be an active listener and practice open trusting communication with friends and family.  Understand how to communicate your needs and know that  you have a large social support network at Purdue through organizations, faculty, family, your community, your peers, and other campus resources. 

RESOURCES: STUDENT ACTIVITIES AND ORGANIZATIONS | INTRAMURAL SPORTSPURDUE DIVERSITY & INCLUSION | SELF-ASSESSMENT

 

 

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