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Wellness Calendar

There are many different wellness opportunities on campus each month.  Check out the Appalachian Wellness Event Calendar!

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Wellness at ASU


Welcome to the student Wellness Center!  It is our mission to create an environment that promotes healthy lifestyles and academic success.  We offer services promoting health awareness and active lifestyles while taking a holistic approach to wellness, encompassing six dimensions:

  1. Intellectual
  2. Social
  3. Emotional
  4. Occupational
  5. Spiritual
  6. Physical

In order to promote these six dimensions of wellness, the Wellness Center offers educational programs on topics such as nutrition, sexual health, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, stress, and sleep.  The Wellness Center hosts events designed to get students involved and educate them about how to take care of themselves.  We also offer a variety of individual and group services for students to help them maintain wellness throughout their college careers.  Individual therapy, nutrition assessment and a resource library are just some of the many services offered to students.

Are you interested in a presentation for your class, organization, or residence hall?

The Wellness Peer Educators provide presentations on a variety of health and wellness topics.  Click here to view a list of programs and to fill out a program requests.  Please give at least two weeks notice for your requests.  



Busted Wallet from a Busted Bracket?

Published April 6, 2014 By Kendal McDevitt

From betting on a big game during March Madness to wagering who can finish their Black Cat burrito first, you can bet on just about anything. Gambling as entertainment has no set price tag, and the entertainment value of it is often dependent upon the outcome. Therefore, the thrill and anticipation associated with gambling can become addictive.  You might be at risk for problem gambling if your bets cause disruptions in any major area of your life: psychological, physical, social or vocational.

Are you curious about the possible problematic nature of your gambling?  CLICK HERE to find out if your behavior places you at risk of problem gambling.

If you or someone you know may be at risk for problem gambling, ASU and the NC problem gambling program have resources for you!

NC Problem Gambling Program: 877-718-5543

ASU Counseling Center:  Walk-in Hours: M-TH 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. & F 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

ASU Wellness Center

Questions?  Contact Kendal McDevitt in the Student Wellness Center at


Addiction Recovery Documentary: THE ANONYMOUS PEOPLE

Published April 1, 2014 By Kendal McDevitt

Join the Appalachian State Community for a viewing of THE ANONYMOUS PEOPLE documentary on Thursday, April 10 from 8pm – 10pm in the Beacon Heights and Rough Ridge Rooms, Plemmons Student Union.  Dr. Christina Rosen, LPCS, LCAS, ICADC, NCC, CSI (Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Addictions Counseling Certificate Program in the Reich College of Education) and other licensed Clinical Addictions Specialists will facilitate discussion following the film.

View The Anonymous People trailer here.

THE ANONYMOUS PEOPLE is an 88 minute feature documentary film about the 23.5 million Americans living in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. Deeply entrenched social stigma and discrimination have kept recovery voices silent and faces hidden for decades. The vacuum created by this silence has been filled by sensational mass media depictions of people in active addiction that continue to perpetuate a lurid public fascination with the dysfunctional side of what is a preventable and treatable health condition. Just like women with breast cancer, or people with HIV/AIDS, courageous addiction recovery advocates are starting to come out of the shadows to tell their true stories. The moving story of The Anonymous People is told through the faces and voices of the leaders, volunteers, corporate executives, and celebrities who are laying it all on the line to save the lives of others just like them. This passionate new public recovery movement is fueling a changing conversation that aims to transform public opinion, and finally shift problematic policy toward lasting recovery solutions.

Sponsored by the Student Wellness Center and the Addictions Counseling Certificate Program 

National Alcohol Screening Day: April 10, 2014

Published April 1, 2014 By Kendal McDevitt

April is Alcohol Awareness Month and Thursday, April 10 2014 is National Alcohol Screening Day. Organized by the national nonprofit Screening for Mental Health, Inc., the screening day is an outreach, education, and screening program that raises awareness about alcohol misuse and helps individuals with alcohol problems find opportunities for assessment and treatment. 

Alcohol abuse can often occur with other mental health issues and can exacerbate the symptoms of illnesses such as depression and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Alcohol is often used to "medicate" these disorders but, being a depressant itself, it can make the problem worse, according to Douglas G. Jacobs, M.D., associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and the founder of Screening for Mental Health, Inc. 

Are you curious about your own alcohol use or that of someone else's?  If so, take an anonymous screening online at The screening site, is accessible and free year round to the public. 

The Student Wellness Center will also offer free alcohol screening at contact tables in the post office from 9am - 2pm.  For more information contact Kendal McDevitt at

Smartphone App Could Help People in Recovery Cut Down on Drinking

Published March 27, 2014 By Kendal McDevitt

By Join Together Staff | March 27, 2014 |

A smartphone app may help people in recovery from alcohol abuse to cut down on “risky drinking”—having more than three or four alcoholic drinks in a two-hour period, a new study finds.

Using the app also increased the chance that people recovering from alcohol abuse would totally abstain from drinking, Reuters reports. The app has guided relaxation techniques. It sends an alert when a person is near a bar or other place that could be risky to their recovery. The app includes a “panic” button that connects with a person’s supporters and other app users, and has games to help distract from cravings.

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