For Student Leaders

Simple actions student leaders can take to enhance student well-being:

  • Review current data on ASU student wellness

  • Promote positive ASU student norms:
    • 40% of ASU students don’t drink alcohol, according to annual surveys of our students. Why is this important?
      • This information corrects misperceptions about student drinking.
      • These data reinforce positive norms, and affirm that there is a significant proportion of students who enjoy activities that don’t involve alcohol.
      • Students in recovery from alcohol and other drugs, and those who choose a sober lifestyle for other reasons, will be happy to learn that they are a large proportion of the student population.

  • Start by believing.
    • Stressful personal situations are not uncommon.
      • 16.1% of ASU students reported experiencing the death of a family member or friend in the past 12 months.
      • 40.3% have been ill with a cold, the flu, or a sore throat.
      • 43.9% of ASU students reported experiencing family problems such as financial, legal, health or relationship problems, within the past 12 months.
    • When students share about their situation with you, listening with a little understanding will go a long way to helping them to get through their personal crisis.
    • Refer students to the dean of students’ office, ASU Health Services or ASU Counseling for assistance with their situation.

  • Encourage your club, organization, or committee to participate in healthy activities like:
    • Community service projects – there are many options available through ASU. Check out the opportunities and commit to action as a group.
    • Participate in Outdoor Recreation, Group Fitness Classes, Triathlons, Weight lifting and other programs offered through Sun Devil Fitness.
    • Plan a potluck or attend a cooking class together.
    • Start your meetings with chair yoga or Tai Chi.

  • Change up your meetings:
    • Take exercise or stretching breaks.
    • Do a walking meeting or an outdoor meeting during good weather.
    • Start the meeting with “A High and A Low” activity. This is an activity in which each person shares one high and one low they experienced since the past meeting.

  • Ask group leaders or the group to participate in online wellness education modules. Host discussion about the content during meetings.

  • Put up wellness posters in your meeting space and common areas. Host a discussion about the poster issues.

  • If you are an overcommitted student, take time for yourself. Relax and rejuvenate over the weekends, holidays and school breaks.