Welcome to Health & Wellness Education and Promotion
Thank you for visiting the University of Washington Tacoma's Health & Wellness Education and Promotion Web page. Here you will find information on the services we offer as part of Student Health and Wellness in Student Affairs.Â You will find procedures for requesting our education services or promotion materials; or further assistance in determining if you should seek our services.Â Here you also will find information and links that can guide you to the information you want/need, recipes and tips for a healthy life, or assistance in promoting health and wellness.
We promote wellness and foster a healthy campus environment so that all members of the University of Washington Tacoma can be better positioned for academic, personal and professional success.
Health and Wellness Defined
Health and Wellness are related terms. We define health holistically as a state of well-being that encompasses mind, body, spirit and community. Wellness is an active, lifelong process of becoming aware of choices and making decisions toward a more balanced and fulfilling life. This process can lead to a healthier state of well-being that allows individuals and communities to thrive.
These definitions of health and wellness acknowledge that individual and community well-being are multidimensional, interrelated and interdependent.
Health, Wellness and the Campus Environment
Because health is influenced by both individual and environmental factors, our efforts at UW Tacoma address both individual and environmental influences on individual and campus health. For example: the Posters and informational brochures that you see around campus help to create a wellness focused campus environment for students.
Our environmental approach also recognizes that students are influenced by the behaviors of their peers. Peers can have a positive influence, such as when friends and roommates help each other to eat healthy and be active. Peers can also have a negative health influence, such as with second hand smoke, and alcohol use.
The Connection Between Success, Health and Wellness
UW Tacoma students indicate that health influences academic performance. Stress, sleep difficulties, relationship difficulties, depression and anxiety, having a cold, sore throat or the flu are some of the top issues that students report impedes their academic performance. Studies of school children also demonstrate a significant connection between academic performance and nutrition, physical activity, alcohol use, and violence. Students who develop a healthy lifestyle in an environment that supports healthy choices will likely have the best academic outcomes.