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Wellness Issues for Higher Education A Guide for Student Affairs and Higher Education Professionals

Edited By David S. Anderson Copyright 2016
    268 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    268 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    Wellness Issues for Higher Education is an essential resource that addresses a range of student wellness issues confronting professionals in college and university settings. Organized around five dimensions of Wellness—Emotional, Social, Intellectual, Physical, and Spiritual—this book comprehensively covers key topics that contribute to students’ success in college. Each topical chapter includes proactive wellness advice, and is designed to prepare the reader to better understand the facts, issues, and strategies appropriate for addressing the issue.

    Each Chapter Features:

    • Background information, theory, and research
    • Historical and emerging issues
    • Common questions, controversies, challenging situations, and misconceptions
    • Practical applications for the campus

    This practical guide prepares practitioners to understand and deal with the wellness and health promotion issues contributing to their students’ overall success and well-being. Armed with this valuable resource, higher education and student affairs professionals can work to improve academic performance, retention, satisfaction, and quality of life. This thorough resource will guide those working at any level in residence life, student activities, orientation, health education, student leadership, advising, instruction, and other areas of student development.


    1. Introduction: A Wellness Mandate for Higher Education
    2. David S. Anderson


    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
    8. Kevin Kruger


    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


    17. Study and Writing Skills: Fostering Students’ Academic Development and Engagement
    18. Daniella Olibrice


    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


    25. Spiritual Development: Setting a Place at the Table for Spirituality

    Maria F. DiLorenzo


    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