August 27, 2009

Wellness Center offers free fall workshops

by Christi Mathis


CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The Student Health Center’s Wellness Center at Southern Illinois University Carbondale announces its fall workshop schedule.

The sessions offer a chance to get the most up-to-date, accurate information on a wide range of issues affecting health and well-being. Learn more about relationship violence, fighting fatigue, addictions and much more. All of the free presentations are at the Student Health Center and the public is welcome.

The fall workshops include:

• Recovery from Addiction, Sept. 2, 4 p.m., Room 111/112. You can learn about the processes of recovery from addiction and how people learn to live without using various substances.

• These Hands Don’t Hurt, Sept. 15, 5 p.m., Room 111/112. Find out how men can be part of a movement where they pledge never to commit, condone, or ignore violence against women.

• When Online Takes You Off-life, Sept. 24, 3 p.m., Auditorium. Using computers and social networking can be fun but also cause problems with relationships, finances and more, just as with other compulsions. This workshop explores the causes and consequences of too much computer use.

• Super Seven Fatigue Busters, Sept. 30, 3 p.m., Room 111/112. Here are seven dietary adjustments you can make to improve your memory, academic performance, physical endurance and energy.

• Taking Care of Yourself, Caring for Others, Oct. 6, 4 p.m., Room 111/112. Anxiety and depression are the most common but most treatable mental heath issues college students encounter. This workshop details the symptoms to watch for and resources available to help.

• Social Connections, Oct. 13, 5 p.m., Auditorium. It’s the chance to find out more about the SIUC community and how to get involved.

• Strength in Numbers, Oct. 14, 4 p.m., Auditorium. This interactive discussion will tell what being an advocate/ally for Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual, Transgender and Questioning people is all about how to get involved with GLBTQ at SIUC.

• Collegiate Alcohol Use, Oct. 20, 5 p.m., Room 111/112. If you party only on weekends, playing drinking games, pass out after drinking, your current alcohol use could affect you now and in the future you’ll find out at this informative workshop about alcohol use at college.

• College Students and Cancer, Oct. 26, 6 p.m., Auditorium. Find out the risks and facts as well as prevention steps regarding the most common college cancer and sexual health concerns including breast and testicular cancer and HPV.

• Communication Skills and Emotional Control, Oct. 29, 4 p.m., Auditorium. This workshop is about listening, speaking effectively, resolving conflicts with others and managing emotions for academic and social success.

• Squash All Beefs, Nov. 10, 6 p.m., Auditorium. Experiencing conflicts or “beefs” is becoming increasingly common and this workshop will help in recognizing what’s happening and resolving it without physical or psychological injury.

• Nutrition: Myths, Facts and Half-Truths, Nov. 16, 3 p.m., Auditorium. In a world where nutrition information seems to frequently change or even be contradictory, this session examines common nutritional myths and gives the real facts.

• Managing Stress for Academic Performance, Nov. 18, 3 p.m., Auditorium. According to research, the top factor affecting college student academic performance is stress but this session offers help on improving your focus, reducing test anxiety and more.

• Are You Positive You’re Negative, Dec. 2, 5 p.m., Auditorium. This presentation, during the week of World AIDS Day, looks at the myths and facts about HIV/AIDS.

The Wellness Center also offers confidential stress management, substance abuse, sexual health, nutrition and relationship violence counseling for students. For more information about the Fall 2009 Wellness Center Workshops or other counseling, call 618/536-4441 or look online at