Health & Wellness
Provides educational and service opportunities related to various health and wellness issues within the campus, Buckhannon, and statewide communities. Issues include prescription drug abuse, obesity, physical fitness, nutrition and hygiene.
The team's core events in the past year include:
- Informative Film Screenings
- Uphsur County Children's Festival
- CPR/First Aid training for the Wesleyan Community
- The Great American Smokeout
- Prescription Drug Abuse Forum
- Winter Coat Drive
- National Children's Dental Health Month
- American Heart Association's "Jump Rope for Heart"
Health & Wellness Team Screen Food, Inc. for Wesleyan Students
The WE LEAD Health & Wellness issue team, in cooperation with Dr. Bradley-Popovich, screened the documentary Food, Inc. for 26 Wesleyan students. The film examines corporate farming and food production in the United States, concluding that agribusiness produces food that is unhealthy, in a way that is environmentally harmful and abusive of both animals and employees.
Survey results from students who attended the screening were as follows (n=11):
When asked “On a scale of 1 to 10, how knowledgeable were you about the practices of the commercial food industry in the US prior to viewing this movie? (1 being no previous knowledge 10 being very knowledgeable)”, the average response was 5.36 with 3 being the lowest and 9 being the highest.
When asked “On a scale of 1 to 10, how knowledgeable were you about the practices of the commercial food industry in the US after viewing this movie? (1 being no previous knowledge 10 being knowledgeable)”, the average response was 8.54 with 10 being the highest and 7 being the lowest.
The average difference between the first two questions was +3.27 with +1 being the lowest and +6 being the highest.
100% of respondents said that they will change their diet after viewing the movie
100% of respondents showed interest in where their food is coming from after viewing this movie
100% of respondents thought that the food industry in the US should see more regulation.
When asked how informative the movie was, the average response was 9.09/10.
Health & Wellness Team Celebrates National Children’s Dental Health Month at Stockert Youth Center
On February 2nd, the WE LEAD Health & Wellness team reached out to kids at Stockert Youth Center through a dental health program. February is National Children’s Dental Health Month as promoted by the American Dental Association (ADA). In honor of this awareness month, the team held an educational event at Stockert Youth Center focusing on the dental health of children. SYC children learned why it is important to brush and floss their teeth. They also learned that avoiding sugary foods and wearing a mouthguard while playing sports will help their teeth stay healthy and strong. Wilson Martino Dental graciously provided several giveaways for the twelve children who participated in the program including toothbrushes, toothpaste, coloring books, silly bands, and more! Thank you to Wilson Martino and Stockert Youth Center for making this event happen for the kids!
Health & Wellness Team Organize Coat Drive
The WE LEAD Health & Wellness team collected 38 coats for their project, “Give Warmth: A Coat Drive to Benefit Upshur County Residents.” The coats were all donated to the Upshur Cooperative Parish House in mid-December, just as winter began to set in. The Health & Wellness team was happy to coordinate this project as they thought it fit well with the objective of their issue team; to be warm is part of staying well!
Health & Wellness Team Hosts Community Prescription Drug Forum
The WE LEAD Health & Wellness team worked with students from Dr. Karen Miller’s criminal justice class to host a Prescription Drug Forum public dialogue. Twenty-three community members working in law enforcement, the judicial system, corrections, and rehabilitation attended the event held on November 9, 2011 in Nellie Wilson Lounge. Participants learned from each other’s experiences working against prescription drug abuse locally. They also learned from the West Virginia Center for Civic Life Prescription Drug Abuse Issue Guide (p.4) that
• Among West Virginia’s regional jail
inmates, 45 percent of the crimes committed were directly or
indirectly attributable to alcohol, and 19 percent were attributable to drugs.
• More than 2,500 hospitalizations each year in West Virginia are caused primarily by alcohol or
drug-related conditions, such as abuse, dependence, or poisoning.
• The total cost to West Virginia for substance abuse was $1.86 billion in 2006, or more than $1,000
for every state resident. This includes $470 million in direct costs, such as treatment, prisons, law
enforcement and court costs.
The forum participants discussed ways to combat the prescription drug abuse problem through strategies including prevention, support of law enforcement, and early intervention/recovery. The student organizers are hopeful that they raised awareness about this problem and that the people attending will use each other as a network to combat this problem locally.
Health & Wellness Team Partners with S.W.A.T. for “The Great American Smokeout!”
On November 17, 2011, passersby on their way to lunch or dinner in the French A. See Dining Center might have noticed students raising awareness about the dangerous health consequences of smoking. The WE LEAD Health and Wellness Team, led by Justin Frye, Rich Sutphin, and Jillian Teubert, teamed up with SWAT (Students Working Against Tobacco) to host the first “Great American Smokeout,” an American Cancer Society awareness event. The students were proud to get 128 people to commit to staying tobacco-free. They also obtained pledges from five individuals who plan to stop smoking within the year.
The pledge cards had information about the effects of tobacco, including the following:
Smoking kills more people every year than AIDS,
alcohol, car accidents, drugs, murders, fires, and
Tobacco companies spend over $6 billion a year (or
$200 per second) on advertising to get people to start
90% of smokers begin before 18 years of age.
Health & Wellness Team Offers CPR/First Aid Training to Wesleyan Community
On October 30, 2011, twelve students, Wesleyan staff, and Resident Assistants were trained in CPR and First Aid in addition to learning how to use an AED (automatic external defibrillator). As WE LEAD Health & Wellness Issue Team Organizer Justin Frye noted, “Skills in CPR and First Aid are valuable for any person to possess, whether you are a coach, professor, student, or passerby…There can never be too many people who are certified in CPR and First Aid.”
The Health & Wellness team was able to offer the training for only $10 as opposed to the $20-$50 price tag the training would normally cost because the instructors donated their training time. The team would like to thank Brian Potter and the Athletic Training Department, Upshur EMS, and the Upshur CPR Committee.
Health & Wellness and Campus Groups Participate in Upshur County Children’s Festival
This year, WE LEAD Annual Events Coordinators Laura File, Brittany Johnk, and Andrew VanCamp helped to organize the Upshur County Children’s Festival for over 1,200 children and adults on September 17, 2011. The event offered free food, resources for parents, free items for all ages, and games for the kids. The WE LEAD Children & Youth team provided an activity for the kids to make bookmarks and play with bubbles. The Health & Wellness team explained to more than 130 children the importance of good hand-washing and how to do so using glitter. Everything at the event was free, making it accessible to everyone. Because this was a community event, people took away a new sense of community, as the attendees were both young and old – a diverse group all there for one purpose: enriching kids’ lives.
Participating Wesleyan organizations included Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Gamma Delta, Zeta Tau Alpha, Alpha Xi Delta, Theta Xi, Theta Chi, the Women’s basketball team, the Men’s basketball team, Bonner Scholars, Black Student Union, International Student Organization, WE LEAD Health and Wellness team, WE LEAD Children and Youth team, and Alpha Phi Omega.
Health & Wellness Team Shows Super Size Me
Fifteen Wesleyan students gathered to watch the movie Super Size Me in the Social Hall on September 27, 2011. Students learned
Fast food should be eaten in moderation and not made to be the
primary source of food in your diet.
Eating unhealthily has detrimental effects on nearly all areas and
systems of the body (i.e. reproductive system, mental health)
Exercise should be factored in alongside diet.