WELLNESS IS WHAT WE DO
Student Health Service provides student-centered health care that empowers and promotes wellness for all UWSP students. To schedule an appointment, please call 715-346-4646. Our staff will work with you to schedule an appointment as soon as possible. If you are enrolled in courses, most visits are free at Student Health Service. If you are enrolled in summer school, you are eligible for summer services at Student Health.
WE’RE YOUR HEALTH CARE ADVOCATE
We will make every attempt to be your health care advocate by providing medical care in a prompt, caring, non-judgmental and respectful manner. We welcome your input and suggestions by calling us at 715-346-4646, contact or participate in the Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) or drop a comment in our suggestion box (located at Student Health Service in the 1st floor waiting area).
Because allergy immunotherapy has the potential for life-threatening allergic reactions, to ensure the safest administration possible, Student Health Service offers immunotherapy only to currently enrolled students who comply with the following standards and procedures.
Student Health Service offers a wide range of primary care services. If a medical illness or injury requires specialty care, your Student Health Service provider will recommend a referral to a specialist in the area.
Do you have questions about weight control, food allergies, gluten-free diet, vegetarianism, eating disorders, sports nutrition, or other nutrition-related concerns? Visits with the dietitian are covered by the Health fee at no additional cost to the student.
Please call us at 715-346-4646 to make an appointment. Vaccines will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. For a list of all available immunizations and vaccinations, click here.
Open during regular clinic hours, our laboratory offers a wide range of services including phlebotomy and convenient on-site testing. Complete blood counts, urinalysis, rapid strep tests, mononucleosis tests, and cultures are just a few of the various tests performed on-site. Many of the tests performed on-site are covered by the segregated fee for Student Health Service, therefore are offered at no additional cost to the student.
Our on-site pharmacy staffed by our registered Pharmacist is a convenient way to fill your prescriptions on campus – especially when you aren’t feeling well! The Student Health Service Pharmacy is happy to help with filling prescriptions issued by “outside” or “hometown” providers whenever we can. However, we may not be able to accommodate all requests. Please click here UWSP Pharmacy Formulary to view a listing of our current, normally stocked formulary of medications. Please call our pharmacy staff at 715-346-4294 if you have any questions about how we may best serve you at the Student Health Service Pharmacy.
REPORDUCTIVE HEALTH PEER EDUCATORS
Reproductive Health Peer Educators (RHPEs) are Student Health Service supported students who provide programs to campus students about Sexually Transmitted Infections, sex, love, healthy dating, and more. Their goal is to educate students about these topics in an open and exciting way. Join us on Facebook for an updated list of events!
The Seven Dimensions of Wellness
The term wellness has been applied in many ways. It is much more than just physical health, exercise, and nutrition. Wellness is multidimensional including Spiritual, Physical, Emotional, Career, Intellectual, Environmental, Social (SPECIES). Wellness is a full integration and the pursuit of continued growth and balance in these seven dimensions of wellness.
Each dimension contributes to our own sense of wellness or quality of life, and each affects and overlaps the others. At times, one may be more prominent than others, but neglect of any one dimension for any length of time has adverse effects on overall health.
The career dimension recognizes personal satisfaction and enrichment in life through work. It is the ability to get personal fulfillment from jobs or chosen career fields while still maintaining balance in life. Occupational development is related to attitudes about work. The desire to contribute to a career to make a positive impact on the organizations in which one works and on society as a whole leads to career wellness. It is essential to contribute the unique gifts, skills, and talents to work that are both personally meaningful and rewarding in order to gain purpose, happiness, and enrichment in life. Achieving optimal career wellness allows one to maintain a positive attitude and experience satisfaction and pleasure in employment.
Tips and suggestions for optimal occupational wellness include:
2. Create a vision for your future.
4. Be open to change and learn new skills.
The emotional dimension recognizes awareness and acceptance and healthy expression of one’s feelings such as happiness, hope, love, joy, sadness, anger, fear, and/or stress. Emotional wellness encompasses optimism, self-esteem, and self-acceptance. It includes the capacity to manage feelings and related behaviors including the realistic assessment of limitations, development of autonomy, and ability to cope effectively with stress. Emotional wellness also includes intimacy, independence, and interdependence. Awareness of and accepting a wide range of feelings in oneself and others is essential to wellness. It is important to take on challenges, take risks, and recognize conflict as being potentially healthy. Managing life in personally rewarding ways, and taking responsibility for one’s actions, will help to see life as an exciting, hopeful adventure. It is better to be aware of and accept these feelings than to deny them, and it is better to be optimistic in an approach to life than pessimistic.
Tips for optimal emotional wellness:
1. Tune in to your thoughts and feelings.
2. Cultivate an optimistic attitude.
3. Seek and provide support.
8. Accept and forgive yourself.
The environmental dimension is the extent to which one cares for the earth by protecting its resources. It is the ability to recognize personal responsibility for the quality of the air, water, and land. The ability to make a positive impact on the quality of homes, communities, and the planet while understanding the negative effect of personal choices contributes to environmental wellness. Environmental wellness is recognizing the unstable state of the earth and the effects of daily habits on the physical environment. It consists of maintaining a way of life that maximizes harmony with the earth and minimizes harm to the environment.
Tips and suggestions for optimal environmental wellness:
1. Stop junk mail.
4. Renew a relationship with the earth.
5. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: reduce the amount of pollution we generate; reuse containers, bags, and batteries; recycle paper, glass, aluminum, and plastic.
The intellectual dimension encourages creative, stimulating mental activities. A good person expands his or her knowledge and skills while discovering the potential for sharing one’s gifts with others. The mind should be continually exercised just like the body. To become intellectually well, it is important to explore issues related to problem-solving, critical thinking, and adaptation to change. Intellectual wellness involves spending more time pursuing personal interests and reading books, magazines, and newspapers while staying aware of current events and issues. It is the ability to open one’s mind to new concepts and experiences that can be applied to personal decisions, group interaction, and community enhancement, improve skills and seek challenges in pursuit of lifelong learning.
Tips and suggestions for optimal intellectual wellness:
1. Take a course or workshop.
2. Learn or perfect a foreign language.
3. Seek out people who challenge you intellectually.
6. Learn to appreciate art.
The physical dimension recognizes the need for regular physical activity. Physical development promotes learning about diet and nutrition while discouraging the use of tobacco, drugs, and excessive alcohol consumption. It is better to consume foods and beverages that enhance good health rather than those which impair it. Physical wellness is the ability to maintain a healthy quality of life that allows one to get through daily activities without undue fatigue or physical stress. Optimal physical wellness is met through a combination of good exercise and eating habits. Improving physical wellness consists of building physical strength, flexibility, and endurance while taking safety precautions including medical self-care and appropriate use of a medical system as well as protecting oneself from injuries and harm. The physical dimension of wellness involves personal responsibility, disease prevention, and care for minor illnesses, and also knowing when professional medical attention is needed. Being physically fit and feeling physically well often leads to the psychological benefits of enhanced self-esteem, self-control, determination, and a sense of direction.
Tips and suggestions for optimal physical wellness:
3. Prevent injuries by using seat belts, wearing helmets, and other protective equipment.
4. Learn to recognize early signs of illness and prevent diseases.
5. Practice safe sex, if sexually active.
7. Use alcohol in moderation if at all.
8. Quit smoking or continue to refrain from smoking and protect from second-hand smoke.
Social wellness is the ability to relate to and connect with other people in the world. The ability to establish and maintain positive relationships with family, friends, and co-workers contributes to social wellness. Friends can serve as a source of encouragement and reinforcement for practicing healthy habits. The social dimension encourages one to become aware of his or her importance in society. It is vital to stay connected to people, form new relationships and participate in various social activities. Social wellness encourages one to take an active part in improving the world by encouraging healthier living and initiating better communication with others. Social wellness encourages one to discover the power to make willful choices to enhance personal relationships and important friendships, and build a better living space and community. Social wellness also includes showing respect for others, oneself, and other cultures.
Tips and suggestions for optimal social wellness:
4. Get involved.
The spiritual dimension recognizes one’s search for meaning and purpose in human existence. It includes the development of a deep appreciation for the depth and expanse of life and natural forces that exist in the universe. Spiritual wellness is the ability to establish peace and harmony in our lives. It encompasses a high level of faith, hope, and commitment to our individual beliefs that provide a sense of meaning and purpose in human existence. It is better to ponder the meaning of life for ourselves and to be tolerant of the beliefs of others than to close our minds and become intolerant. Becoming spiritually well means striving for consistency with our values and beliefs.
Tips and suggestions for optimal spiritual wellness:
1. Explore your spiritual core.
2. Spend time alone/meditate regularly.
3. Be inquisitive and curious.
4. Be fully present in everything you do.
5. Listen with your heart and live by your principles.
6. Allow yourself and those around you the freedom to be who they are.
7. See opportunities for growth in the challenges life brings you.