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Health Promotion Office

Health Promotion provides innovative, evidence-based, engaging and enriching experiences to cultivate a culture of wellness and of care for students by fostering partnerships with student organizations, departments, national organizations and the surrounding community. We seek to engage students in health and wellness topics through hands on experiences and one-on-one interactions in an inclusive environment that promotes a continuum of growth and learning.

Questions?

Stop by the Health Promotion Office in Webb Center (1525 North Webb Center, Norfolk, VA 23529) or email us at healthpromotion@odu.edu.




Substance Abuse Prevention (Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs)

Drinking is not necessary to have a good time! If you choose to drink, be sure to do so safely by avoiding high risk or binge drinking. When you consume more than the recommended standard drink amounts in a two-hour time period, you are engaging in binge drinking or high-risk drinking.

What is a standard drink size?
1 standard drink is equal to 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1 ounce of 80 proof liquor. The lines on a Solo Cup are measurement marks.

How many standard drinks in a 2-hour sitting does it take before high-risk drinking occurs?
Men: 4+ in one sitting | Women: 3+ in one sitting

*Disclaimer: If you are under the age of 21, you cannot legally consume or purchase alcohol.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind if you choose to consume alcohol:

  • Download and utilize the ODU LiveSafe App
  • Avoid mixing alcohol and other drugs
  • Determine the number of drinks you plan to consume before drinking
  • Eat before and while you are drinking
  • Plan how to get home before going out to drink
  • Ask friends to hold you accountable for sticking to your drinking rules
  • Happy Hour with a Twist

    Get happy for your first Activity Hour with free food, fun, music, and games! Learn about the importance of making healthy choices and win a free shirt by completing the online assessment prior to the event.

    Hypnotic Intoxication

    Hypnotic Intoxication, featuring hypnotist Keith Karkut, will amaze you as he studies the powers of the subconscious mind. Simply watch or participate in Keith's performance as we learn more about the effects of alcohol in social settings. There will be giveaways for all of those who dare to be hypnotized!

    Great American Smoke-Out

    There's never been a better time to say goodbye to smoking tobacco. Sign a pledge to go COLD TURKEY and receive a free Subway turkey sandwich! The Great American Smoke-Out is an annual event created by the American Cancer Society (ACS).

    OctSOBERfest

    OctSOBERfest is a month full of events that provide tons of fun and connection without the consumption of alcohol. Stop by the OctSOBERfest Kick Off to grab a calendar of events and receive information about maintaining healthy habits!

    Monarch Safe Spring Break Week

    Get ideas to have fun safely during spring break with a focus on harm reduction. Learn how to manage familial relationships during the break as well as ways to destress during your time away from campus.

    No Booza Palooza

    Learn about the importance of making healthy choices surrounding alcohol. Earn a free t-shirt by completing the online E-Chug assessment prior to the event!

    See Rec Well Calendar for upcoming events

    University Amnesty Policy

    The University has a policy of giving amnesty from policy violations involving underage drinking or drug use at the time of help-seeking for students who actively seek medical help for themselves or others, or for students who provide helpā€seeking assistance to victims. (learn more)

    Get Help

    Want to know more about how to help yourself or a friend? Contact our ATOD Health Educator at healthpromotion@odu.edu.




    Sexual Health Support

    Be proactive in protecting yourself in every sexual relationship. Remember that abstinence is the only 100% guaranteed way to protect yourself from a sexually transmitted infection or unplanned pregnancy. If you choose to be sexually active, use a condom consistently and correctly every time.

    STI Screening
    You can get screened at Student Health Services for all sexually transmitted infections. Just call (757) 683-3132 to schedule an appointment.

    Free Contraception
    Health Promotion and Student Health Services provides 3 free condoms per visit to all students.

    Menstrual Products
    Health Promotion can provide tampons and pads to students in need.

    Free STD/STI Testing

    Get tested on October 13, 2022! Understand your sexual health status by getting a free STD/STI test with the VA Department of Health. The first 50 students to test will receive a free item!

    The Dating Show

    This game show-style event features a dating coach who speaks about relationship red and green flags. The event concludes with a speed friending session.

    Condom Bingo

    It's traditional BINGO with a focus on sexual health and healthy relationships! Participate for the chance to win prizes while learning more about the highlighted topics.

    See Rec Well Calendar for upcoming events

    STI/STD Testing

    • Student Health Services: Call 757-683-3132 to make an appointment or make an online appointment.
    • Norfolk Department of Health: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday - Registration at 9am until full. Thursdays - 1st Session 8:30-10:30am, 2nd Session 12:15-2:30pm
      • 830 Southampton Ave., Suite 200, Norfolk, VA 23510, 757-683-2800



    Stress Management


    Stress is often defined as a reaction to change. Acute stress (short term stress) can be exhilarating and exciting, while chronic stress (long term stress) can potentially damage your health. Acute stress that remains unmanaged can result in anxiety.

    Adaptation to different kinds of stress is a continuous process. Some levels of stress can be healthy and can enhance our lives, while too much can affect our well-being. You may not be able to control the stressors, but you can control your reaction to them.

    People who manage stress well may:

    • maintain healthy habits
    • recognize warning signs of physical and mental stress
    • use constructive rather than destructive reactions to stress
    • maintain an ongoing sense of meaning in their lives
    • develop and use a strong support system

    Sources of stress can include relationship problems, conflict between goals and behaviors, self-imposed thoughts like impatience and perfectionism, work overload, economic factors such as unemployment, threat of harm, increasing demands at home and at work, noise and pollution, and too many demands on your time.

    • Be Positive. Use positive affirmations as a tool to quiet your mind when stressed. Positive affirmations are a way of sending your brain a message that the desired result can be achieved.
    • Breathing exercises. Proper breathing is very important and can be a great form of stress reduction. When you have stressful situations, you tend to breathe faster and shallower. Take deep breaths and exhale slowly when you are feeling stressed.
    • Exercise is great method of relieving and managing stress. It is important to make time each week in order to exercise your body and relieve tension. When you exercise, your body releases endorphins, which can help to improve your mood.
    • Meditation is also tool to use to help reduce your stress. It is the practice of attempting to focus your attention on one thing at a time. You use repeated mental focus to quiet your mind, which in turn quiets your body.
    • Listening to music. You can choose relaxing music you find peaceful to help manage your stress levels.
    • Just say no. Say no to requests of your time if you feel as though you're overworked with your obligations.
    • Avoid procrastination. Keep an organizer to help plan events and due dates. Be prepared ahead of time. Write out to-do lists.
    • Take a break. Have some "me-time." Get some exercise and fresh air.
    • Have a support system. Talk to people about your stress. If you need guidance or someone to talk to you can see a professional if necessary. Visit the ODU Office of Counseling Services for more information.

    Free Massage Chair
    Learn more about the free massage chair available to students in the Health Promotion office.

    De-Stress Week

    Let off some steam before final exams with a week of free activities to help you de-stress! Get excited for a kickoff event with freebies, Car Smash, No Stress Zone resource fair, Throwback Paint Night, and more! The full De-stress Week schedule is forthcoming and we can't wait to share it with you.

    See Rec Well Calendar for upcoming events




    Sleep Habits

    Why is sleep important?

    Sleep has many benefits: strengthens your immune system, allows you to think clearly, helps achieve better moods, and restores energy.

    Sleep helps organize and store information so that it is easier to recall. This occurs during dream sleep. Those who have less dream sleep may perform worse on tests of recently learned knowledge.

    Products to help you sleep

    • Eye mask to block out light.
    • Ear plugs to block sound.
    • Warm socks to warm your feet and legs
    • Lavender scents are known to help calm you and make you tired
    • Milk and cookies. Milk has the hormone tryptophan which helps you sleep. The cookie will get the tryptophan to your brain quicker.
    • Be consistent: wake up within an hour of the normal wake-up time every day. Also be consistent at bedtime.
    • Go to bed when sleepy. You could toss and turn and may more attention to the clock if you are not tired. That makes it harder or the body to go to sleep and stay asleep.
    • Complete a relaxing activity. If you cannot sleep within 15-20 minutes, do something relaxing that does not involve electronics, return to bed when tired and sleepy. Repeat if you cannot fall asleep.
    • Skip naps or keep them short. Naps over an hour tend to decrease the amount of sleepiness you have during the day which could make it harder to fall asleep at night. Also nap earlier in the afternoon, not closer to bedtime.
    • Eat a small snack. If you are a little hungry, try a light carbohydrate snack, such as a cookie, with milk. You do not want to eat a lot since it can cause you to wake up and go to the bathroom.
    • Try reducing your exposure to bright lights. Close the blinds and turn off the lights. The light helps stop the flow of melatonin, a hormone that helps you fall and stay asleep. Without bright light, the flow of melatonin can continue.
    • Limit alcohol before bedtime. Do not drink alcohol later than 2 hours before bedtime. It may feel like alcohol would relax you and fall asleep; it can lead to restless and non-restorative sleep, since you are more prone to waking up as it wears off.
    • Limit caffeine. Do not consume it after 4pm, or within 6 hours prior to bedtime. It is classified as a stimulant, no matter if the person report not feeling its effects. It can interfere with your natural sleep cycle.
    • Nicotine is another stimulant you need to avoid before going to bed since you are more physically stimulated.
    • Bedtime ritual. Turn down the lights and make sure your bed is comfortable. Minimize the noise, you can use earplugs. Uncomfortable sleeping environments can make it harder to fall asleep. Try to establish the same routine for every night. It will prepare your body and mind for bedtime.
    • Limit activities. Do not read, watch tv, talk on the phone, fight, etc. in your bed. Limit those activities to outside of your bed.
    • Journal. Write out any to-do lists, or thoughts you are having before bed. These things may be the items that keep you up worrying late at night, such as final exams, fears, worries.

    Slumber, No Sleep

    In celebration of National Sleep Day, "Slumber, No Sleep" is an event to help you learn the benefits of a good night's sleep for both physical and mental health. Activities may include decorating pillowcases, creating blankets, DIY aroma spray or oil, photo booth station, and pre-packaged refreshments. Come in your favorite pajamas!

    See Rec Well Calendar for upcoming events




    Mental & Emotional Health

    Monarch Wellness

    Wellness is a holistic active lifestyle that challenges the individual to function at his/her optimal potential by achieving balance in all the areas of the Wellness Wheel including: Cultural, Emotional, Environmental, Financial, Intellectual, Occupational, Physical, Spiritual, and Social health.

    Outdoor Adventure Center

    Did you know that the great outdoors is proven to help improve mental health? Take some time to get outside!

    De-Stress Week - Self-Care Session

    The Fall De-Stress Week's Self Care Session encourages you to prioritize self care, which is so important for mental health! Students can stop by for DIY scrubs, face masks, and aromatherapy diffusers, and enjoy prizes and catered food while there.

    See Rec Well Calendar for upcoming events






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    Health Promotion
    Webb University Center
    1525 North Webb Center
    Norfolk, VA 23529
    757-683-5927 (phone)
    healthpromotion@odu.edu

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