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Wellness Issues for Higher Education


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  1. Introduction: A Wellness Mandate for Higher Education
  3. Stress Management: # Too Blessed to be Stressed
  4. Constance S. Boehm and Lance C. Kennedy-Phillips
  5. Mental Health: Creating and Cultivating A Campus Community That Supports Mental Health
  6. Dori S. Hutchinson
  7. Technology: The Challenging Role Technology Plays in the Lives of College Students
  9. Relationship Health: Helping Students Thrive as They Relate to Others
  10. Bridget Guernsey Riordan
  11. Sexual Decision-Making: Everyone's Doing It, Right?
  12. Joleen M. Nevers and Heather Eastman-Mueller
  13. Alcohol: Reaching Students Through Education and Intervention
  14. Shannon K. Bailie, Jason R. Kilmer, and M. Dolores Cimini
  15. Prescription and Illicit Drug Abuse: Changing the Narrative
  16. David S. Anderson and Tom Hall SECTION III: INTELLECTUAL WELLNESS
  17. Study and Writing Skills: Fostering Students' Academic Development and Engagement
  19. Sleep: Enhancing Bedtime Performance
  20. Michael McNeil
  21. Nutrition: Eating to Survive or Thrive
  22. Annann Hong
  23. Exercise: Hey Millennial, It's Time to Get Physical!
  24. Linda A. Knight, Jennifer R. Fisher, and Parth K. Patel SECTION V: SPIRITUAL WELLNESS
  25. Spiritual Development: Setting a Place at the Table for Spirituality
Maria F. DiLorenzo

About the Author

David S. Anderson is a professor of education and human development and the director of the Center for the Advancement of Public Health at George Mason University. He has secured more than 160 grants totaling over $9 million, serves on the university's Board of Visitors as well as on numerous other university and college committees, as well as state and national advisory groups. His research focuses on drug and alcohol abuse prevention, health promotion, and strategic planning, with attention to youth and young adults. Prior to arriving at George Mason University, Dr. Anderson served as a student affairs administrator at Ohio University, Virginia Tech, Radford University and The Ohio State University.


"Anderson provides a much-needed, timely resource for the student affairs profession. As higher education professionals continue to serve students with increasingly complex and diverse personal life experiences, Wellness Issues for Higher Education offers a broad and practical approach to supporting student success."

--Frank E. Ross III, Vice President for Student Life, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

"This book should be on the `must read' list for not only every higher education counselor and health provider but also for every parent who sends a loved one off to college. This book provides a clear pathway to maintaining one's health and wellbeing during trying or difficult times."

--William Modzeleski, Former Associate Assistant Deputy Secretary, Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools, U.S. Department of Education

"This work addressed a myriad of college wellness topics that were categorized into five overarching areas: emotional, social, intellectual, physical, and spiritual. Grounded on the premise that academic performance, retention, satisfaction,
and quality of life will improve for students if wellness issues are better understood and addressed, this work comes at a time where college students in fall 2010 reported the 'lowest selfratings of emotional health since 1985' (p. 6)."

--Gerson Sanchez, Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice

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