Health and Wellness
The objective of the Health and Wellness team is to provide information, opportunities and support to promote positive health behaviors in students, faculty and staff at Western Washington University.
A core belief of the Health and Wellness team is that well-being is influenced by how healthy individuals are in each of the six dimensions of wellness: physical health, social health, intellectual health, emotional health, environmental health and spiritual health. This PowerPoint presentation can help you further understand the six dimensions of wellness.
We are also introducing a new program called First Step, which aims to help students, faculty and staff become more active.
Private, confidential nutrition and diet consultations are available through our staff registered dietitian, Sarah Richey. To schedule an appointment, please call Sarah at (360) 650-6254.
Sarah Richey, CD, RD, is a Registered Dietitian certified through the American Diabetic Association. She specializes in nutrition counseling for prevention and recovery from eating disorders. Sarah counsels WWU students individually and teaches group classes on nutrition. We invite you to connect with Sarah on the WWU Registered Dietitian Facebook Page!
Sarah also hosts the following regularly scheduled workshops and seminars to help you answer your nutrition and wellness questions:
In addition to the Wellness Series, Sarah hosts an informative weekly nutrition and fitness workshop called NuFit, taking place on Mondays during the school year (excluding holidays) from 4-5pm in the second floor conference room at the Student Recreation Center. These workshops are free to attend and no appointment is necessary.
Each workshop will discuss hot topics in the health and fitness industry in a welcoming environment. It's informative, you'll meet our health and fitness staff, and there will be free food!
The First Step program is offered to Student Recreation Center members who are interested in getting more movement in their lives. It focuses on individualized movement goals and overcoming barriers to starting and continuing a movement program.
Each participant will be taken through an assessment by a Clinical Personal Trainer who specializes in movement analysis. Participants will receive three training sessions with the Clinical Personal Trainer. Programs will start with basic exercises that assist individuals in making movement easier and more enjoyable.
Once they have completed their three training sessions, students may choose to continue independently, with others in the program, or with a Personal Trainer at the advertised rate.
Other benefits of the First Step program:
- Individuals may become part of a network of other participants who are involved in the program. This will provide opportunities for support and reinforcement to sustain movement.
- Student participants will also be connected to other campus resources as interested. Resources may include the dietitian, stress management, counseling, men's or women's health, alcohol and other drug services, peer advisors, CASAS, or ADCAS.
To get started with the First Step program, first click here to complete a short questionnaire.
Students with injuries may see Lori deKubber MEd., AT/L for rehabilitation through referral from the Student Health Center. Injury rehabilitation is designed to assist students in recovering from injury through the use of exercise, manual therapies and modalities. Attention is also given to identifying underling causes of injury to prevent re-injury and to enable students to function optimally.
Here are the steps to take in order to use our injury rehabilitation services:
- Get an appointment with the Student Health Center.
- If the Provider deems necessary, a referral note will be written for injury rehabilitation.
- Once students have a referral, they can call the Student Recreation Center receptionist at (360) 650-3766 to schedule an appointment with Lori for rehabilitation.
Lori deKubber MEd., AT/Lis a Certified Athletic Trainer who specializes in injury rehabilitation and health education. She has been working with students at WWU since 1990. She has a B.S. in Community Health, a Masters in Sport Psychology and NATA certification in Athletic Training.