COVID-19

Due to University closure to limit the spread of COVID-19 infection, the Wellness and Health Advocacy Office is operating online and remotely. We understand that this is a stressful time for students and parents, and it is important to us that we continue to serve you and meet your needs as well as we can.

For assistance or questions, please contact Cassandra Worner, Coordinator of Student Wellness, at cworner@uwlax.edu. You may also contact the Student Life Office at studentlife@uwlax.edu or 608.785.8062.

Please see the University's page about COVID-19 for more information.

Our wellness programs are programs, games, and activities created by Peer Health Advocates on a wide variety of topics. These programs can be requested by residence assistants, athletic and intramural teams, clubs, and organizations. All you have to do is request the program you are interested in and a trained Peer Health Advocate will bring the program along with any materials needed to you and facilitate the program with your group.

Check out the topics below to get an idea of all we can offer. If you don't see exactly what you're looking for, email Wellness and we will work with you to create something new! 

Due to University closure for Spring 2020, we are not currently taking program requests. Programs will resume in September 2020.

If you have any questions, please email us at wellness@uwlax.edu.

Alcohol Skillz 

Goal: Students will participate in hands-on activities focused on alcohol safety and learn harm reduction techniques in a game or activity format. This program is facilitated in a drop-in format.

A Culture of Drinking

Goal: To engage students in discussions around the impact of alcohol in our culture from media influence, to cultural and social norms, considering both positive and negative impacts of alcohol in the La Crosse community, in WI, and in the U.S. This program is facilitated with a PowerPoint and does not work as well in a drop-in format.

Bystander Intervention Training

Goal: To engage students in practicing bystander intervention techniques in a variety of situations, including alcohol misuse, mental health concerns, sexual assault, interpersonal violence, and hate and bias incidents. This program is facilitated with a PowerPoint and does not work as well in a drop-in format.

 

Portable Zen Dens

Goal: Educate students on contemplative practices and exercises to reduce stress and encourage mindfulness. This program includes guided activities such as Buddha Boards, mandala coloring, guided meditation, happy lamps, journaling exercises, and more. This program is facilitated in a drop-in format.

General Mental Health: Jeopardy!

Goal: Quiz and educate students on disorders, protective factors and management strategies, and facts related to mental health at UWL.

Bystander Intervention Training

Goal: To engage students in practicing bystander intervention techniques in a variety of situations, including alcohol misuse, mental health concerns, sexual assault, interpersonal violence, and hate and bias incidents. This program is facilitated with a PowerPoint and does not work as well in a drop-in format.

Condom Bingo 

Goal: To educate students about proper use of barrier methods including condoms, dental dams, and internal condoms. Increase students’ knowledge of sexual health related topics including abstinence, contraception, STIs/STDs, healthy relationship and communication, and human biology. Increase students’ confidence and comfort of sexual health information and contraceptive methods. Educate students about how to communicate consent and boundaries in relationships. This program encompasses a wide variety of both sexual health and violence prevention topics.

Lay It On Me 

Goal:  Students will learn about sexually transmitted infection prevention, contraception, communication, and sexual health trivia in a game style format.

Pizza and Consent

Goal: To educate students on active consent through the metaphor of creating and sharing a pizza. Please note that the program requestor will need to supply pizza (typically ordered from ChartWells). This program is facilitated with a PowerPoint and does not work as well in a drop-in format.

Sex-pert Panel 

Goal: Students will be able to ask questions regarding sexual health to a panel of diverse local and campus professionals who work in sexual health education and healthy relationships. 

Teaching Kitchen

Goal: To teach students simple ways to make delicious meals that they can share with their family and friends. Students will prepare, cook, and share a meal together while gaining knowledge and confidence in the kitchen. This program is facilitated in partnership with Dining Services, and students will pay a small fee for this program through their meal plan. Many different recipes are available, more information will be provided upon request. Please submit requests for this program at least three weeks in advance of your desired program date.

Breakfast Club

Goal: To educate students about the importance of a healthy breakfast and discuss ways to incorporate a healthy breakfast into their daily routine. Please note that the program requestor will need to supply the ingredients to make smoothies!

Safe Bicycling in the La Crosse Area 

Goal: To engage students in safe bicycling around the city of La Crosse.  

Other Tobacco Products Presentations 

Goal: To educate students about e-cigarettes and tobacco products that aren’t the traditional cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, or chewing tobacco. 

Escalation Workshop

GoalTo educate participants about the early warning signs of relationship abuse and what they can do if they witness or experience these warning signs. The Escalation Workshop is a 90-minute film-based discussion led by trained facilitators and does not work as well in a drop-in format.

Bystander Intervention Training

Goal: To engage students in practicing bystander intervention techniques in a variety of situations, including alcohol misuse, mental health concerns, sexual assault, interpersonal violence, and hate and bias incidents. This program is facilitated with a PowerPoint and does not work as well in a drop-in format.

Condom Bingo 

Goal: To educate students about proper use of barrier methods including condoms, dental dams, and internal condoms. Increase students’ knowledge of sexual health related topics including abstinence, contraception, STIs/STDs, healthy relationship and communication, and human biology. Increase students’ confidence and comfort of sexual health information and contraceptive methods. Educate students about how to communicate consent and boundaries in relationships. This program encompasses a wide variety of both sexual health and violence prevention topics.

Pizza and Consent

Goal: To educate students on active consent through the metaphor of creating and sharing a pizza. Please note that the program requestor will need to supply pizza (typically ordered from ChartWells). This program is facilitated with a PowerPoint and does not work as well in a drop-in format.

 

Other Wellness and Health Advocacy Programs:

Alcohol & other drug education

Mental health promotion