Healthy Student Organizations

The Healthy Student Organization (HSO) program highlights registered student organizations doing great work with their members to promote wellness. The program connects students to health and wellness resources while providing recognition and rewards. 

How is this program valuable for me and my organization?

  • Positive publicity to increase recruitment and organization's profile
  • Enjoyable activities to keep members engaged and feel more connected
  • Assist with member retention
  • Leadership opportunity as Wellness Chair to showcase organization and member's accomplishments

What does the program include?

Guidance - Guide containing examples of different steps organizations and members can take towards each of the dimensions of wellness. Accomplishing just three of these can make your organization a Healthy Student Organization.

Recognition - Receive public recognition among campus partners, faculty, staff, and other student organizations for your accomplishments. 

Awards - Receive vouchers for discounted food orders at local restaurants. If you are chosen as one of the top three HSOs, you will receive prize money for your organization. 

Resources - The Wellness Office offers events and programming ideas for you to access on or near campus. 

How do I participate? 

Fill out the Healthy Student Organization submission form. Your organzation will need to submit at least three forms before being recognized as a healhy student organization. Submissions are evaluated on thoroughness when determining the top winners.  Winners are chosen at the end of the school year. If you have any questions about the program, you can email Will Evans, Asst. Dir. of Health and Wellness Programs. 

What are the dimensions of wellness?

physicalPHYSICAL WELLNESS

Your organization can:

  • make an intramural team,
  • work out together,
  • or make a healthy meal.

Anything that promotes a healthy body increases your physical wellness. 

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

OccupationalOCCUPATIONAL WELLNESS

If you don't have a job, this dimension may seem irrelevant, but your organization can:

  • get your resumes looked at,
  • live out your organization's values,
  • or promote its member's academic excellence.

Anything that creates satisfaction and enrichment from your work as an organization or student meets this dimension's criteria. 

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

FinancialFINANCIAL WELLNESS

To increase financial wellness you can:

  • hold a buget meeting,
  • do some fundraising,
  • or help members apply for scholarships.

These are just some examples of increasing financial wellness to find satisfaction with curent and future financial situations. 

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

EnvironmentalENVIRONMENTAL WELLNESS

This dimension of wellness is not just about protecting the environment. It also inlcudes things like:

  • promoting diversity and inclusion,
  • creating spaces where members can openly share opinions,
  • and creating an atmosphere of support.

Promoting pleasant, stimulating environments that support well-being is what environmental wellness is all about. 

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

EmotionalEMOTIONAL WELLNESS

To increase emotional wellness within your organzation, try the following:

  • know resources on campus you can direct a member to,
  • talk to a member about goals, values or aspirtations,
  • or request a Wellness on Demand Presentation over stress, mindfulness, or self-identity.

Anything you can do to help your members cope effectively with life and create satisfying relationships increases emotional wellness. 

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

IntellectualINTELLECTUAL WELLNESS

Your organization can:

  • hold study hours,
  • watch a documentary instead of movie,
  • or attended a presentation on campus. 

These are some examples of how you can work to recognize creative abilities and find ways to expand knowledge and skills. 

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

SpiritualSPIRITUAL WELLNESS

To increase spiritual wellness your group could:

  • volunteer at an event,
  • attend a religious event,
  • or find ways to help a charity. 

Any activity that expands a sense of purpose and meaning in life increases your spiritual wellness. 

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

SocialSOCIAL WELLNESS

To further develop this dimension, your group could:

  • plan a group trip or social event,
  • set up a mentoring program within your organization, 
  • or write letters, or call others in your organizaiton to show support and encouragement. 

Activities that develop a sense of connection, belonging, and a well-developed support system promote social wellness. 

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

 

 

 

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