March 2020 Family Newsletter
It’s hard to believe that we are almost half-way through spring semester, but Hokie Wellness’ programming is still going strong! This month, we want to highlight the various topics we offer assistance with, and in which formats.
Mental Health: Resiliency workshops are offered weekly to help students learn concrete strategies to help develop a growth mindset, build healthy connections with others, and be more mindful. For a class series exclusively for mindfulness, have them check out our Koru classes, an evidence-based workshop series designed for higher education settings.
Nutrition & Body Image: Nutrition 101 and the Body Project workshops offer students opportunities to build their knowledge about having healthy relationships with food and with their bodies. In the Body Project, students learn strategies to combat “fat talk” and the many ways in which society perpetuates “ideal” body types, and how we can reframe our own thoughts about these messages.
Financial Wellness (new!): As a brand new area offered within Hokie Wellness, we now offer opportunities for students to meet one-on-one to learn more about credit scores, budgeting, student loan repayment, and more. In the future, open workshops will also be offered.
Substance Use and Recovery: Students are welcome to seek Hokie Wellness for one-on-one consultations around substance use or to explore our Recovery Community if they would like to pursue a sober lifestyle. Students who use our services do not have to, or necessarily, have an issue with substance use, and many benefit from learning more about the topic so they can have better academic performance, and a healthier social life. Additionally, students can meet one-on-one to discuss quitting or reducing their tobacco/nicotine use with a Tobacco Treatment Specialist.
Sleep: Hokie Wellness offers a Sleep Workshop designed for students to learn more about the science behind sleep, and how their personal habits can facilitate better sleep, or may be posing a barrier to high-quality rest. Sleep is crucial for students’ physical and mental health, and academic performance.
Unwind Offline: This workshop helps students learn how media use can impact their mental and physical well-being, and how to use strategies that maximize positive types of media use and time spent. Students walk away with tangible strategies that don’t discourage social media, but lets them feel more in control of its role in their lives.
For more information about all of the above, please visit and encourage your students to explore:
1 on 1 Consultations: https://hokiewellness.vt.edu/students/services/Health_Coaching.html
3.2-Mile Run in Remembrance: Registration Open
Saturday, April 18, 2020 @ 9:00 a.m.
On April 18th, the Virginia Tech community reflects on the vibrant lives of the 32 students and faculty who were tragically taken from us on April 16, 2007. This community run/walk throughout the campus of VT strives to bring fellow Hokies together, to feel the support of the community, and to celebrate the lives of our friends and family members.
Cost and T-Shirts
The run is free of charge to all participants! There will be a small charge for the run t-shirt if participants want one. This charge is to cover the cost to make the shirt and will ensure that all participants who want to have a shirt will get one. Participants must register by Friday, April 3 to receive a shirt.
Our spring intramural schedule is ready for students to register for sports and compete against other Hokies on campus for a chance to win the coveted championship t-shirt. Membership and registration info can be found here.
Group Exercise - Our spring group exercise schedule features over 110 classes each week and classes are catered to all skill and ability levels. All classes will be free the first week of class, and students can learn more about purchasing a group ex membership here.
Personal Training - Our certified personal trainers are ready to help students and staff reach their fitness and wellbeing goals. Our trainers create safe and customized fitness programs and provide clients with the 1-on-1 attention they deserve.
Hokie Fit: Online-Based Training Plans - We've completely revamped our online fitness program that is open to students, staff and the general public! 2-Week Kickstart, 4-Week and 6-Week workout plans are now offered and come with a full set of tutorial videos and a PDF workout guide.
Trips - 31 outdoor trips are scheduled for the spring semester! From hiking to caving, and rappelling to skiing, Venture Out offeres trips guided by trained perfessionals to provide elite experiences in our scenic surroundings.
Rentals - For those who wish to partake in their own adventures, we offer equipment rentals to help send you on your journey!
Aquatics, Health and Safety
Our 29 sport clubs are in full swing practicing and competing nationally!
Many college students will be traveling for Spring Break. Before your student heads off on vacation, they should be aware of health and safety issues, even for common destinations such as Cancun or the Caribbean.
What do you need to know? You and your student should visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for a nice breakdown and list of items to consider for Spring Break travel: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/spring-break-travel
Your student should check their destination for concerns and see a doctor two to four weeks before leaving. Depending on where your student will be going or doing, they may need vaccinations or medications. The CDC’s easy destination guide is the best place to start: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list. Even for popular Spring Break destinations like Mexico, the CDC recommends additional vaccinations and there is special health advice your student should be aware of.
Prepare ahead for injuries. Consider travel health insurance and/or medical evacuation insurance. When traveling, your student will be responsible for medical expenses incurred during their trip. They should be prepared to pay out of pocket at the time of service while abroad. For a quick breakdown of different travel insurance options visit https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/insurance and https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/getting-health-care-abroad for more about getting healthcare abroad.
Learn about common travel safety concerns. Some areas are prone to natural disasters or severe weather, others may have travel advisories or alerts issued by the U.S. State Department. Other countries have local laws and customs that your student should also be aware of. A great place for your student to start is the U.S. Department of States’ International Travel section: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel.html
Pack a health kit. If your student takes a medication regularly, make sure they pack enough for the length of the trip and bit extra, just in case. Also include some emergency medical supplies in the event of headache, stomach upset, or bug bites.
For suggestions on what to include visit: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/pack-smart
Learn more about traveling with medication: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/travel-abroad-with-medicine
After travel tips. Lastly, after returning from a trip your student should be aware of any illness, mild or severe, and know when to visit a doctor: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/after-travel
More resources. The CDC provides helpful information for specific travel activities or climates:
- Water Activity Safety: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/safe-swimming-diving
- Hot Climates: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/travel-to-hot-climates
- Cruise Ships: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/cruise-ship
- Cold Climates: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/travel-to-cold-climates
A new year means a new semester and a new set of resolutions! Have you made any resolutions to improve your mental health and wellbeing? Last year 5,048 students sought counseling services for over 31,000 appointments to improve their mental health and wellness. Contact Cook Counseling Center to see what services and resources are available to help you meet your mental health goals for a happy, healthy 2020.
The Cook Counseling offers multiple services to meet your mental health needs.
Animal Assisted Therapy
Sports Psychology/ Counseling
Online/Selfcare resources http://www.ucc.vt.edu/
We have just released a list (see attached pdf) of all group counseling sessions available for the 2020 spring semester. For additional information about dates and times contact the Cook Counseling Center directly at 540-231-6557.
Do you know someone who has made the Virginia Tech community more accessible and inclusive? Services for Students with Disabilities invites you to nominate someone who goes the extra mile to make life on campus more accessible and equitable. Nominate someone for an award here.
Our office provides services and accommodations to those with disabilities, and also serves those with temporary disabilities or severe illness. This includes if a student were to have a concussion, if they broke their wrist and wasn't able to take notes, or if they have an extended illness that was preventing them from being able to perform their usual tasks.
- Support for accommodations
- Academic relief and suspension appeal
- Standardized testing
Some accommodations include:
- Classroom accommodations
- Accommodations for the deaf and hard of hearing students
- Testing centers
- Note takers
- Alternative text
- Special housing
The SSD office will review disability documentations year-round, there is no deadline to apply. If your student already has a 504 plan or IEP you can submit them to our office.