By Daniel Flores
Though health is expected to be a top priority for students, it is often overlooked within their busy lives.
Student Health and Counseling Services offers programs and services to help students stay healthy and productive.
SHCS has three branches: health, counseling and wellness, and each branch offers its own unique services. The Wellness Center offers support, from personal health assessments to countering substance abuse.
“Many students see us as health freaks and the health police, but at the SHCS we want to reach every student,” said Fernando Diaz, senior coordinator at SHCS and fifth-year communication student.
Students make individual appointments with health educators, resulting in a wellness card that reflects personal health. Students can also receive information about stress, mental health, alcohol and marijuana ” and free condoms to students who like the SHCS Facebook page.
Diaz described some of his experiences with frequent visitors to the Wellness Center.
One student who experienced a relapse of his alcohol problems called Diaz to say he was intoxicated and behind the wheel of a car. Diaz then convinced the student not to drive and get further help from counseling services on campus.
“College students are at the point in their lives when they are old enough and young enough to form healthy habits that can help them for the rest of their lives,” Diaz said.
Diaz recommended students take advantage of what is offered.
The Wellness Center receives around 6,000 students a quarter.
The goal is to help the students with everyday health and other potential problems.
The Wellness Center is located north of the College of Environmental Design (Bldg. 7) and south of Parking Lot J.
For more information, visit http://www.cpp.edu/~healthcounseling/wellness-services/index.shtml.
Daniel Flores / The Poly Post
Health and Wellness Center
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