UHC Well-Being & Prevention Programs: Health Promotion

Hi everyone! The Health Promotion Department is glad you stopped by. We know this is a challenging time, and for many of you, your day-to-day lives are upside down.

That’s where we come in.
We are trained dietitians, mindfulness instructors, wellness coaches, health educators, and clinicians at the University Health Center, as well as other campus partners, here to support your well-being on campus or from home. We will share ways to stay organized, strategies to wake up feeling rested, virtual workshops, and more. Along the way, we will continue to provide opportunities for you to stay connected, build community, and receive support from our team.

We offer a hybrid model of in-person, virtual programming and outreach for UGA Campus.

Stay in touch with us on social media @UGAHealthCenter and let us know if there are any areas of well-being that you would like us to cover.

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Tune In Live

this series is available for all UGA community Daily Mindfulness, Mon-Fri
In partnership with Health Promotion and led by guest facilitator Kiz Adams, UGA’s Well-Being Coordinator
Mindfulness Moment – Participate in a daily mindfulness moment with your campus community. Every day at 9 am, Kiz will lead a short (less than 10-minute) mindfulness practice. You can join via Zoom at zoom.us/j/246032955.

this series is available for all UGA community Daily Yoga, Mon-Fri
In partnership with Health Promotion and led by guest facilitator Kiz Adams, UGA’s Well-Being Coordinator
Noontime Pilates and Yoga classes – Participate in free 45-minute Pilates and yoga classes at noon each day via Zoom. Kiz has been a certified Pilates instructor for almost 20 years. Join in here: zoom.us/j/745316447.

Nutrition Basics Class

Led by Registered Dietitian Nutritionists from the UHC Health Promotion Department

Tuesdays, 9/21, 10/5, 10/19, 11/2, 3:30-5:00 pm, on Zoom

Call Health Promotion to register: 706-542-8690

In this course, we will discuss basic components of a nutritious diet, meal planning strategies, and common nutrition concerns for undergraduate and graduate students. These classes do not require a medical referral and all students are eligible to attend at no cost. Students will have an opportunity to chat and ask questions with one of our campus registered dietitian nutritionists. Students who attend Nutrition Basics will be paired with a trained wellness coach to develop a personalized wellness plan.

These classes are not intended as individual medical nutrition therapy. Students with medical concerns should obtain a referral from their medical provider to register for one on one nutrition counseling with our registered dietitian nutritionists.


 

Alcohol & Other Drugs 101

Led by Liana Natochy, Alcohol and Other Drugs Education Coordinator from the Fontaine Center

Tue, 8/31, 9/14, 10/19, 4:00 – 5:00 pm, Tate Center, Room 142
Tue, 11/16, 12/7, 4:00 – 5:00 pm, Zoom

Join the Fontaine Center to learn about alcohol and other drugs and strategies to make informed decisions in an environment where alcohol and other drugs may be present.
Do carbs soak up alcohol? Is White Claw a standard drink? I don’t drink – what fun activities are there to do in Athens? Does drinking mask stress? Can you experience paranoia with cannabis? What do I do if someone experiences a substance related medical emergency?
The presentation will address all these questions and more.
Register for the Nov 16 and Dec 7 virtual presentations on the UGA Involvement Network via the links below:

November 16

December 7


 

Red Flags

Led by the BeWell Peer Educators: Relationship & Sexual Violence Prevention

Tue, 9/28, 6:00-7:00 pm, MLC 251

Learn about relationships, communication, setting boundaries, and the role of technology when building healthy relationships.

Register on the Involvement Network


 

Your Boo Shouldn’t Scare You

Led by the BeWell Peer Educators: Relationship & Sexual Violence Prevention

Tue, 10/26, 6:00-7:30 pm, MLC 251

Join the RSVP Peer Educators for a screening of Netflix’s Dirty John. Afterwards, participants will engage in a discussion around red flags to look out for, what to do if someone crosses a boundary, and how to support a friend in an unhealthy relationship.



Percentage Night at Chipotle to benefit The Cottage

Led by the BeWell Peer Educators: Relationship & Sexual Violence Prevention

Tue, 11/9, 5:00-9:00 pm, Chipotle at Alps Rd

Join the RSVP Peer Educators at their percentage night benefiting a local, non-profit. The Cottage’s mission is to raise awareness and facilitate the healing of individuals, families, and communities affected by sexual violence and child abuse.

National Recovery Month Book Club
Led by the UGA Collegiate Recovery Community
Wed, 9/29, 12:30 – 1:30 pm, Zoom

Join in a discussion of Marc Lewis’ “Memoirs of an Addicted Brain.” This work is a unique account of the author’s personal journey in recovery and his own analysis of that journey through the lens of his profession as a neuroscientist.

First 6 students to register get the book for free!

Register in advance on the Involvement Network – Link coming soon!
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Open to students in recovery and allies, as well as faculty, staff, and students wanting to learn more about and celebrate recovery!

BeYou Panel: Body Image on a College Campus

Led by the UHC Be Well Peer Educators: BeYou

Thu 9/30, 4:00-5:00 pm

FYOS approved!

Join BeYou Peer Educators for a pop up panel discussion on body image. During this panel discussion, BeYou Peer Educators will discuss their tips for interrogating body image expectations on a college campus, and attendees will have time to ask questions and engage in casual discussion. This event is suitable for students anywhere on their body image journey and is a great complement if you have previously attended a BeYou workshop.
Space is limited to 15 participants.


Register on the Involvement Network!

Healthy Relationships Workshop
Led by the UHC Be Well Peer Educators: Safer Sex Ambassadors
In-person at the University Health Center and virtual sessions on Zoom!
Navigating platonic and romantic relationships can be exciting and challenging all at once. This workshop will explore relationship dynamics between roommates, friends, and romantic partners. Students will learn about unhealthy communication patterns that destroy relationships and practice positive communication skills that improve connection and conflict resolution.

Thu, Aug 26, 2:30 – 3:30 pm, UHC Conference Room A, 3rd floor
Wed, Sep 8, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, Zoom – Register in advance on the Involvement Network
Mon, Sep 20, 2:30 – 3:30 pm, UHC Conference Room A, 3rd floor
Tue, Oct 12, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, Health Promotion Nutrition Kitchen, 1st floor
Wed, Nov 10, 2:30 – 3:30 pm, UHC Conference Room A, 3rd floor
Thu, Dec 2, 2:30 – 3:30 pm, UHC Conference Room A, 3rd floor

 


 

BeYou Workshop

Led by the UHC Be Well Peer Educators: BeYou

Mon 9/13, Tue 10/5, Mon 10/25, Thu 11/4, 6:00-7:00 pm

FYOS approved!

The mission of BeYou is to promote skills for strengthening body image and to empower college students at UGA. Join our peer educators for conversation and activities about body image, self-esteem, and the media. If you are looking to get more involved on campus and meet other empowered college students, come to our workshop and learn more about us!


Register on the Involvement Network using the links below:

Mon, Sep 13

Tue, Oct 5

Mon, Oct 25

Thu, Nov 4

Wellness Coaching

Presented by The Fontaine Center

Free for fees-paid UGA students. Call 706-542-8690 to schedule an appointment.

A Wellness Coach will work with you to:

  • Set and achieve personal goals
  • Initiate and sustain wellness behaviors
  • Balance dimensions of health and wellbeing
  • Learn resilience and coping skills
  • Identify potential barriers to change and develop strategies to move forward

Mindfulness

this is an audio recording Part 1: Dealing With Stressful Times — Intro to Mindfulness
In partnership with Health Promotion and led by guest facilitator Dr. Rebecca Shisler Marshall, PhD, UGA College of Education
Mindfulness can be defined as “staying in the present moment without judgement.” In this session, you will learn about what this means, and Dr. Marshall will lead you through a brief practice of breath awareness to help calm the nervous system. (audio recording – 8:45 min)

this is an audio recording Part 2: Dealing With Stressful Times — Mindfulness in the Body
In partnership with Health Promotion and led by guest facilitator Dr. Rebecca Shisler Marshall, PhD, UGA College of Education
In this session we will focus on tuning in to the body and using it as a tool for awareness, to be here, in the present moment, without judgement. (audio recording – 18:48 min)

this is an audio recording Part 3: Dealing With Stressful Times — The Observing Mind
In partnership with Health Promotion and led by guest facilitator Dr. Rebecca Shisler Marshall, PhD, UGA College of Education
In this session we will learn another tool for being in the present moment and growing our observing mind: the practice of repeating words along with our breath. (audio recording – 8:50 min)

this is an audio recording Part 4: Dealing With Stressful Times — Loving Kindness Meditation
In partnership with Health Promotion and led by guest facilitator Dr. Rebecca Shisler Marshall, UGA College of Education
Loving kindness meditation has been shown to increase positive emotions and decrease negative emotions. In this session we will practice repeating phrases of loving kindness to direct attention to feelings of compassion, kindness, and goodwill towards ourselves and others. (audio recording – 14:30 min)

this is an audio recording Part 5: Dealing With Stressful Times — Mindfulness and Emotions
In partnership with Health Promotion and led by guest facilitator Dr. Rebecca Shisler Marshall, UGA College of Education
In this session Dr. Marshall will walk you through tools for noticing big emotions and helping to process them in this time of uncertainty. (audio recording – 10:38 min)

RSVP - Relationship & Sexual Violence Prevention

Interpersonal Violence and COVID-19 While we adjust to COVID-19, public health officials have repeatedly issued the same important message: stay at home. Staying home and limiting contact with others reduces the likelihood of spreading COVID-19. This is especially important for vulnerable populations. But what if home isn’t a safe place to be? Read more on the #bewelluga blog about this issue and safety information for survivors while sheltering in place.

Self Care Resources

UGA Psychology Clinic Racial Trauma Guide
Provided by the UGA Psychology Department, campus resource and partner to UHC
Developed by the Racism Pandemic Task Force with support from the EMPOWER Lab, the Racial Trauma Guide is a resource for crucial “discussions about race and inequality and to provide Black Americans with the resources to engage in cognitive, behavioral, and collective coping strategies.”

Wellbeing in Context: Community
Our individual wellbeing must be explored within the context of community wellbeing, “the combination of social, environmental, cultural, and political conditions identified by individuals and their communities as essential for them to flourish and fulfill their potential” (Wiseman and Brasher, 2008). In other words, in addition to building skills for supporting your own wellbeing, you must also be invested in the wellbeing of your community to experience lasting and sustainable change. Some helpful ideas can be found in this post on the #BeWellUGA blog!

#BeWellUGA at Home: Quarantine and Chill? Dating During Social Distancing
Check out these tips for dating and relationships during social distancing on the #BeWellUGA blog!

#BeWellUGA at Home: Make Time for Self Care
Need some ideas and strategies for self care while you are staying home? Check out the suggestions on this post on the #BeWellUGA blog!

#BeWellUGA at Home: Sleep
Sleep is the best way to maintain a healthy immune system and can have a significant influence on your physical, emotional, intellectual, and social well-being. At minimum, 7-8 hours of sleep per night is ideal to support the body and mind. Read more on the #BeWellUGA blog!

#BeWellUGA at Home: Time Management
The UHC Wellness Coaches share strategies to work, learn, and study from home on the #BeWellUGA blog!

#BeWellUGA at Home: Essential Oils
Looking for a fun project to do at home to energize and recharge? Try making an essential oil roll-on! Information & instructions on the #BeWellUGA blog!

#BeWellUGA at Home: Take Time for Tea
Learn about the difference between different kinds of teas and how to make the perfect cup on the #BeWellUGA blog!

Nutrition

Explore the Store Blog Series
Do you find yourself buying the same things when you are grocery shopping? Want to spice things up? Well, welcome to Explore the Store! Each week a new item found at your local grocery store will be featured on the #BeWellUGA blog!
Explore the Store: AvocadoCarrotsKimchiMatcha Green TeaNutritional YeastSpaghetti SquashTempeh

#BeWellUGA: Eating Well During Times of Stress
What do you eat to take care of yourself when cooking feels overwhelming? Check out some ideas and encouragement on the #BeWellUGA blog!

this is a video recording #BeWellUGA: UHC Nutrition Kitchen Cooking Demos
While we are waiting to resume in-person cooking classes, our registered dietitian in the UHC Health Promotion Department has put together a series of videos to cook some of our classic recipes:
Egg Roll in a Bowl
Black Bean & Veggie Quesadilla
Scrappy Frittata
Apple Cinnamon Smoothie
Matcha Smoothies
Pumpkin Smoothies
Cranberry Crisp

Yoga

this is a video recording 25 Minute Yoga Sequence
In partnership with Health Promotion and led by guest facilitator Barbara Powers, dance educator and artist teaching at UGA
Join in this 25 minute yoga sequence via youtube: https://youtu.be/HDk_uAOSheo