Catamount Wellness Ambassadors are students leaders who serve as liaisons between Health and Wellness Education and WCU students to promote health and wellbeing on campus. CWAs deepen their understanding of health and wellness topics while gaining important leadership skills such as public speaking and program planning.
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The Health and Wellness Education mission is to promote healthy choices emphasizing the elimination of high-risk behavior, illegal alcohol and drug use, harmful substance use and related issues in order to empower and retain successful, healthy and involved students.
UC Fountain | 11am-1pm
Do you know how to measure a standard drink? Test your knowledge with the Catamount Wellness Ambassadors.
DUI Simulation with University Police
UC Fountain | 12-2pm
Learn about the real consequences of driving under the influence by participating in a DUI simulation with UPD using impairment goggles.
Why I Carry My Backpack with Brian Boyer
Blue Ridge Multipurpose Room | 6-7pm
Brian Boyer shares the powerful story behind his famous backpack.
In accordance with Western Carolina University’s Policy #38, which is consistent with the requirements of the Code of the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina (the “Code”) and UNC Policy 1300.1, the University Board of Trustees adopts this Policy to address such threats to the integrity of the University community and to comply with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989.
The Alcohol and Other Drugs Committee (AODC) is responsible for developing and executing an annual plan to address alcohol and other drug issues. The AODC works collaboratively to promote other Health and Wellness initiatives on campus.
Alcohol Awareness Week is a fun, engaging, and meaningful way for students to learn about alcohol. The week focuses on safe drinking and busting the myths associated with college drinking. Alcohol Awareness Week is held the third full week of October.
Interested in exploring your relationship with alcohol? e-CHECKUP TO GO is a free and confidential online survey tool that will provide instant personalized feedback, including a custom BAC (blood alcohol content) chart, how much money you spend on drinks each month, and helpful strategies if you would like to change your drinking habits. It takes 20-30 minutes to complete and it's available to the entire WCU community.
BASICS is an evidence-based program that is designed to help college students assess their alcohol-related decisions.
The BASICS program uses a harm-reduction approach designed to:
Please Note: This is not therapy or substance use treatment. Professionals facilitating these sessions are not substance-misuse professionals or licensed clinical therapists.
An in-depth overview of the Health & Wellness Unit, including Campus Recreation and Wellness, Counseling & Psychological Services, Health and Wellness Education, and Health Services. Students will participate in an assessment based on the Elements of Wellness.
Explore ways to ensure a healthy, happy, and successful experience at WCU through the seven elements of wellness (Emotional, Environmental, Intellectual, Occupational, Physical, Social, Spiritual).
This interactive workshop focuses on what students need to be resilient. Students take an inventory of how ‘gritty’ they are. Physical, mental, emotional and spiritual domains are addressed as well as the resources on campus students can utilize to increase their resilience.
This presentation is meant to provide insight on campus policies and procedures that relate to gameday tailgating. We also include harm-reduction tips and tricks to keep students healthy and happy.