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Survey asks new students about health and wellness needs

The orientation issue of Student Health 101 includes a wellness needs assessment.

Incoming students can offer their input on health and wellness programs at Queen’s through a survey included in the orientation issue of the online magazine Student Health 101.

“The wellness needs assessment gives us the opportunity to connect with students early on and determine the areas where they want support,” says Beth Doxsee, the peer health outreach coordinator in Health, Counselling and Disability Services. “The information gathered in the survey will allow us to tailor our programs and activities and ensure they remain relevant for incoming students.”

Several units on campus worked together to develop the quick, simple and anonymous survey touching on several aspects of health and wellness at the university. Students who complete it can enter their name in a draw for a prize of $1,000.

The magazine’s readership has risen steadily over the last two years. Much of the content is written by students and the online magazine conveniently directs students to the resources on campus to help them with health and wellness issues.

“Students enjoy the magazine and are relieved to learn their peers are dealing with some of the same situations they are,” says Ms Doxsee.

A link to Student Health 101 is included in the Student Affairs email sent to all first-year students each month. The issues are also posted on the Student Affairs website, the Queen’s University Be Well Facebook and Twitter accounts, and the websites of various campus partners. The wellness needs assessment can also be accessed directly on the web.

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