Students Manage Stress
4, 2000 -- Recent studies indicate that many college
students are experiencing a great deal of stress. To help students
learn how to manage stress successfully, the University of Virginia
offers an expanding array of services and activities designed to
promote healthy behaviors.
Tuesday, Feb. 15, during a "Return to Wholeness"
event, students can sip Zen tea, enjoy aromatherapy, relax with
Satin hands (a hand massage with high-moisture lotion), and experiment
with henna tattoos (designs painted on hands with a natural dye).
The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Newcomb Hall.
by UVACARES, a University committee dedicated to the education and
prevention of eating disorders, the event will showcase a wide variety
of holistic approaches to health, complementary medicine and wellness
programs. Healthy food preparation will be demonstrated and a "Soy
Meets Girl" session will be held.
Minds The Thing
Office of Health Promotion in the Student Health Department offers
a one-credit mind-body class. Taught at Hereford College, the class
explores varied forms of expression and relaxation including yoga.
Intramural-Recreational Sports program also offers a variety of
mind-body classes, such as several forms of yoga, Tai chi
chuan, Nia, mambo, Alexander technique and massage.
Health Educators, students specially trained by the Office of Health
Promotion, provide numerous outreach programs throughout the year.
Programs include sessions on alcohol, sexuality, sexually transmitted
diseases, healthy eating, body image, womens health and mens
Health Promotion Office also helps students with nutrition through
individual appointments and outreach programs provided by the clinical
nutritionist on staff.
the newer programs in the Student Health Department is the social
norms marketing campaign, begun in 1998 as a long-term education
and research effort to curb high-risk drinking among first-year
more information on the Feb. 15 event and outreach programs, contact
Marga Odahowski, assistant director of health promotion, at (804)
924-1509 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information on the social norms campaign can be obtained from
Elena Bertolotti, marketing coordinator, at (804) 924-2776 or email@example.com.
more information on mind-body classes offered through Intramural-Recreational
Sports, contact Amy Davidson, director of recreation instruction,
at (804) 924-6200 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Threat of Mental Illness
recognition of the increasing prevalence of serious psychopathology
nationwide and the rising suicide rate among young people, Dr. James
C. Turner, director of U.Va.s Student Health Department, and
Rafael Triana, director of U.Va.s Center for Counseling and
Psychological Services, have created a broad continuum of services
and activities for students.
include: psychological and psychiatric assessment and referral;
individual, couples and group psychotherapy; pharmacotherapy; emergency
walk-in and crisis consultation; 24-hour on-call crisis consultation;
and continuous communication with administrators, faculty, allied
professionals, coaches, students and families. Triana calls such
contacts "having eyes and ears open to students needs
throughout the academic community."
in one newly expanded, recently reorganized center, the services
and programs provide three distinct levels of intervention and prevention.
The centers psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers
stay in close contact with clinical doctors, deans of students and
residence-life students. "We emphasize prevention through early
identification," Triana said.
comprehensive approach, recently cited for excellence by the Joint
Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (U.Va.s
Student Health Department is one of only 25 universities accredited
by the organization), is critical to ensure students mental
health, Triana said. "Students mental health, with possible
injury to themselves or others, represents the highest risk in the
college health field," Triana said.
therapy and support groups include: Interpersonal Process Group;
Graduate Student Therapy Group; Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Support Group;
Overcoming Anxiety Group; and Executive Skills Group for Students
with ADHD and/or LD.
more information, contact Dr. James Turner at (804) 924-2670 or
or Raphael Triana at (804) 924-5556 or email@example.com.
Intramural-Recreational Sports department offers an increasing variety
of outdoor exercise activities. For example, students are enrolling
in introductory and intermediate rock climbing courses. More experienced
climbers participate in a rock climbing anchor workshop that shows
students how to create top-rope anchor systems. Advanced climbers
can tackle a new crack climbing class.
also take students along some of the best hiking trails in Virginia.
U.Vas Outdoor Recreation division, which can outfit hikers
with backpacks, tents and basic equipment, offers hikes to diverse
sites such as those featuring an 80-foot high waterfall and dramatic
division also offers whitewater kayaking classes. A Spring Break
trip to Virginias coastal region will offer open-water kayak
instruction and camping. The division provides kayakers with wetsuits,
helmets and other necessary equipment.
programs to be offered this spring include an introductory horseback
riding class in which riders will explore mountain countryside.
A two-day course in fly fishing will cover fishing and casting fundamentals.
A ski trip to West Virginia is also available.
information on the outdoor activities, contact Mark Voorhees, director,
at (804) 924-7700 or firstname.lastname@example.org.