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Welcome to Student Wellness &
Health Promotion!

Student Wellness & Health Promotion provides services to support students' behavioral and emotional wellness, and helps students evaluate options for maintaining healthy lifestyles, through prevention, intervention, and education.

Student Wellness & Health Promotion Workshops

Wellness programming teaches you how to improve your total well-being. Programs are fun, informative, experiential, and interactive taught by professional health educators, Pow! Peer Educators, and S.O.S. Volunteers. Student Wellness & Health Promotion provides outreach programming in a variety of health-related topic areas. Presentations can be provided for academic classes, residence halls, fraternities/sororities, special interest groups, and athletic teams. Individual support and help sessions are also available by calling 831-3457 to make an appointment or email us at The table below provides a topic list.

You may request a program by completing the Online Program Request Form. The form must be filled out completely and submitted at least two weeks prior to the programming date requested. Please provide 3 different dates that might work for your program. Please keep in mind that the Pow!, SOS or Student Wellness Programs take 45-60 minutes, and most of our programs are designed for groups of 50 or less because they are highly interactive and involve discussion. We cannot reduce these into 20 minute segments. If you are requesting a program outside of the parameters of what is listed, then please choose "other" on the form and describe the program topic/format you are requesting.

Also, check our events list (at the bottom of this page and on every page throughout our site) for existing programs offered by our office that might meet your group's needs.

NOTE: The deadline to submit program requests for a program which you wish to occur during Fall 2013 is Monday, November 18th. You may, however, continue to submit program requests after that date for programs to occur during Winter or Spring 2014.

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If you encounter problems with this form, please call 831-3457 to make your request.

Pow! Programs

S.O.S. Programs

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Program Descriptions:


Educational workshops on anorexia nervosa, bulimia, and compulsive over-eating as well as other less-publicized eating concerns. The program will cover diagnosis criteria for each disorder, warning signs, and symptoms for each disorder, physical complications associated with each disorder, and some general background or why eating disorders occur.


Young adults of all orientations are encouraged to develop an individualized, healthy, sexual self-identity; regardless if they choose to be sexually active or not! Student Wellness & Health Promotion will be glad to provide information covering any topic of sexuality requested; such as Abstinence, Safer Sex, Condom Awareness, STD's, HIV/AIDS, Reproductive Health, Breast Self-Exam, Testicular Self-Exam, Contraception, Pregnancy, and Relationship Communication Issues. Interactive and fun values clarification exercises will be lead by knowledgeable peers so as to facilitate comfort and ease in learning. "Sexual Jeopardy", condom races, sexual props show and tell, free condoms and free dams are only some of the benefits to having us provide your sexuality programming!


The Promoters of Wellness can teach some specifics about how to be as supportive as possible without overextending yourself while helping your friend. The peer educators can also talk with you about local resources, including books and online services, which might be of help to you and your friend.

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Gentle discussions can be facilitated regarding one's own body image and its connector to the influences of popular media. One goal of this program would be to provide young people with strategies to improve their attitudes regarding weight and thinness and resist outside pressures which so often can become a central focus in how they feel about themselves. Peer educators will bring along tokens for participants to help remind them of how special they are.


Peers work with peers to increase knowledge and understanding about how individualized improvements in fitness and nutrition may enhance one's overall well-being. We can help students to assess their personal fitness and nutrition needs, go over the basics of nutrition and the food guide pyramid, and/or teach students the basics of "exercising for health". Referrals will be made to the student fitness centers or the on-campus dieticians for individuals interested in developing a personalized exercise or eating plan. Whether you are just thinking about a change in your lifestyle or you want to improve upon the present ways you are integrating fitness and nutrition in your life, we are here to help get you started.


In concert with our holistic philosophy, we offer programs in non-sensual, back massage or hand massage. We provide peer-led programs to increase student comfort. As part of the program, each participant receives a half-hour back massage from and then gives a half-hour back massage to a fellow participant. The program takes about 1.5 hours to complete. NOTE: Student Wellness & Health Promotion does not provide massages. The Pow! peer educators instruct participants on how to massage, and participants pair up so that each partner has a turn giving and receiving a massage as they learn techniques. Therefore, if you request a back massage program, you must reserve a private room (no windows to outer rooms, hallways, lounges), and your event should be for a group whose members know each other well or you need to make it known that participants should attend with a friend they trust.

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Student Wellness & Health Promotion provides a standard stress management program called "I COPE" which provides a short-hand to remembering and applying daily ideas which help deal with and reduce stress. As part of any stress management instruction, we will provide information on the symptoms and effects of stress as well as offer effective methods to manage and decrease stress. The peer educators can also lead individual students in either Yoga or Progressive Neuromuscular Relaxation. (Please specific on the request form whether you prefer just Stress Management, Stress Management with Yoga, or Stress Management with Progressive Muscular Relaxation.)


Talking about sex can be scary, but it’s essential to be sure that your behavior is safe & legal. Find out how your peers ask for sex in this fun and interactive exercise. Learn about verbal & nonverbal red flags, and learn pathways to mutually respectful sexual encounters.


This exercise will help participants identify or clarify their own beliefs and values related to sexual assault, sexual harassment & sexual abuse as they consider and discuss a variety of both provocative and common college sexual scenarios. Students will learn what their peers think about when behavior crosses a line. Traditional myths about sexual assault will be de-bunked.


In this interactive simulation, participants will be placed in a dating situation and asked to make some crucial decisions. Will you stay? Will you go? To whom can you turn? Participants will explore what makes a relationship healthy, unhealthy, or abusive; learn how to help a victim; and become familiar with resources available to students regarding relationships.

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Have you ever heard a sexist or homophobic joke and wished you had confronted it? Witnessed someone name-calling or hitting another person? Seen a woman passed out drunk in a room at a house party, then a man goes in and closes the door? Were you left with the nagging feeling that someone should have intervened...yet getting involved felt too risky? According to, a "Courageous Bystander" is someone who takes an active role in promoting a respectful environment, or who takes action to safely and responsibly interfere with abusive behaviors, statements, or attitudes. This interactive program helps participants learn ways to be a courageous bystander and possibly save someone from victimization and trauma.


If you haven't seen exactly the topic you were hoping for, or you have specific ideas about the style of interactive exercise we use, or your group has specific needs or conerns for us to address, choose the "Design Your Own" option on the Program Request Form and tell us more in the dialogue box. For example, in addition to the topics listed, S.O.S. can provide programs on childhood sexual abuse, incest, stalking, vicarious trauma, supporting a survivor, and more.


Cancelling a Program

Use these guidelines in order to CANCEL a Student Wellness & Health Promotion, Pow! or S.O.S. Program:

If you have made a programming request and have received back a confirmation of a specific date and time in which your program is to occur and you now need or wish to cancel that program, PLEASE do one of the following:

If you know the name and contact information of the person(s) scheduled to facilitate your program, please contact them directly.

If you do not know the name and contact information of the person(s) scheduled to facilitate your program, please call Student Wellness & Health Promotion at 831-3457 ASAP, preferably 24 hours in advance of the scheduled time, and cancel the program. If there is no one in the office, please leave a detailed message on our Voice Mail system.

DO NOT send e-mail unless you are cancelling the program with at least a week's lead time.

If it is after 5:00 p.m. on the same evening as your scheduled program which you now need to cancel and you have been unsuccessful at reaching anyone at our office, please plan to have someone meet the facilitator at the originally scheduled time and location to tell them that the program has been cancelled.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation and consideration in this regard.

Upcoming Events!

Wed, April 9th, 8:00pm
Delaware's Annual Crime Victims' Tribute & Candlelight Vigil
Delaware State University, Multi-Purpose Rooms, MLK Student Center, Dover
Speaker: UD Alumni and Survivor, Kristen Baumer, was abducted as a freshman at UD. She will speak about her experience. She is part of the RAPE Outreach Team and has shared her story on The Biography Network's "I Survived" and the I.D. Network's "House of Horrors: Kidnapped." Kristen hopes that she can make a difference in others' lives by sharing her story. Those affected by crime are invited to bring writings, artwork or other meaningful items to be posted on the Memorial Walls which will be on display at the event. See the flyer. Sponsored by Delaware Victims' Rights Task Force. Calll 1-800-Victim1 if you need accommodations or information. See the flyer. Free and open to the public.
Fri, April 11th, 6:00pm-7:30pm
Art Party with Opt4
Central Green in front of Gore
Come out for Tie-dyeing, decorating Opt4 shirts, finger paint, puffy paint, glitter glue, bubbles, and mocktails. Sponsored by Opt4.
Mon, April 14th, 8:00pm
QUIZZO: Fundraiser for Natasha's Justice Project
Trabant Multi-Purpose Rooms
SAGE is hosting Quizzo to raise money for Natasha’s Justice Project. The organization was created by Natasha Alexenko, a sexual assault survivor, who has made it her life’s work to advocate for the elimination of the rape kit backlog in the United States. Natasha’s story is featured in the HBO Documentary Sex Crimes Unit, which was shown as part of the Women & Gender Studies Department's Film Series in March. Sponsored by Students Acting for Gender Equity (SAGE).
Tues, April 15th, 7:00pm
Changing the Conversation: The Story of a Night
205 Kirkbride
It's time to change the conversation around sexual assault. In this program, you will hear Jane's story and be part of transforming societal responses. Learn how you, and all of us, can make a difference in Jane's life and in the lives of other survivors. Start changing the conversation right now! Presented by S.O.S. and sponsored by UD's Sexual Assault Prevention & Education Committee.
Tues, April 22nd, Speaker at 5:30 (men only), March will follow
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes
Speaker & Shoes at Trabant Theater
Be on the lookout for your favorite fraternity brothers, male professors and staff as they don four-inch bright red stiletto heels to march around the north green. This will be a fun opportunity for men to educate and inspire the campus community to take action in the prevention of sexual violence, and learn about resources for victims on campus like Sexual Offense Support (S.O.S.). A limited number of men-sized high heel shoes will be provided, so come early to reserve your pair of shoes for this popular march (or feel free to bring your own high heels!). As the saying goes, you cannot truly understand another person's experiences until you have "walked a mile in their shoes." For more information about the national campaign, visit Sponsored by Inter-Fraternity Council as part of UD's Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
Wed, April 23rd, 8:00pm
Where Do You Stand? - Human Continuum Exercise
Redding Lounge
This program will help you clarify where you stand regarding a variety of sexual situations and whether they rise to the level of sexual harassment, sexual assault, or sexual abuse. Presented by S.O.S. for Sexual Assault Awareness Month and sponsored by UD's Sexual Assault Prevention & Education Committee.
Thurs, April 24th & Fri, April 25th
Powerful Partnerships Conference: 20 Years of the Violence Against Women Act and the Path Ahead
Clayton Hall
The Department of Women and Gender Studies at the University of Delaware and the Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence are co-hosting this conference which will highlight the power of partnerships in working to end gender violence. The conference will create a unique space for survivors, community activists, advocates, researchers, business leaders, and government officials from across the nation to come together to share findings, best practices, and lessons learned and to foster trust, resilient relationships, and innovate strategies for addressing gender-based violence as we look forward to the future. A variety of workshops, roundtables, panel presentations, and poster sessions integrating research and practice will be offered. Learn more & register today!
Thurs, April 24th, 5:30pm
Take Back the Night March & Speak-Out
120 Smith Hall (for the speaker, where the march begins, and for Speak-Out after the march)
Guest Speaker Andrea Gibson will kick off this year's Take Back the Night March! Women all over the world have been shattering the silence around sexual assault and violence against women at Take Back the Night Marches for over 30 years. Join your fellow students at the University of Delaware as we "take back the night" and speak out against campus rape and violence. All are welcome to participate! Sponsored by Students Acting for Gender Equality (SAGE). Check back for details. Sexual Assault Prevention & Education Committee.

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