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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 itís 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!

Mon, April 20th, Food & tables at 5:30pm, Speaker at 6:30pm
Annual Crime Victims' Tribute & Candlelight Vigil
Delaware State University, MLK Student Center Multi-Purpose Rooms
Speaker: Meredith Gardner Meredith Gardner's mother, Tammy Gardner, was murdered in Wilmington when she tried to escape a domestic violence relationship. Meredith was 12 years old and her brother was 10. Meredith will share how the crime impacted her life, and how meeting with the man who murdered her mother empowered her to pursue a career helping other crime victims. 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 for info or if you need accommodations. Free and open to the public.
Thurs, April 23rd, 6:30pm
"Party with Consent" with guest speaker Jonathin Kalin
Bacchus Theater, Perkins Student Center
This highly interactive program considers the reality that no students have their college's consent policy memorized. Participants will discuss consent, coersion, hookups, alcohol, sex, and sexual violence prevention. Sponsored by Greek Council, Delaware MEN, and the SAPE Committee.
Fri, April 24th, 4:00-6:00pm
Student Wellness Coffeehouse with International Students
Office of International Students & Scholars, 44 Kent Way
Join Student Wellness Student Leaders from S.O.S., Opt4, Pow! & the Recovery Community for a coffeehouse with international students. Coffee and refreshments, and Student Wellness information & giveaways will be provided.
Fri, April 24th, 7:00pm
What's YOUR Monologue?
Bacchus Theater, Perkins Student Center
The student organization VDay, which sponsors & performs The Vagina Monologues annually at UD, has created this event to allow YOU to write & perform your own monologue! If you would like to read your monologue at the event please email it to no later than Wed 4/22. The event is free but there is a $5 suggested donation to benefit Natasha's Justice Project. Learn more!Co-sponsored by M@N (Men's Action Network).

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