Better Me Programming

These sessions focus on helping you achieve your personal wellness goals to promote a healthier living and working environment.


The Wellness Certificate Series is a collaborative program developed by Student Wellness, Better Me and the Center for Professional Development to educate faculty and staff about trending wellness behaviors, unhealthy and risky behaviors and their impact on success at RIT. By engaging in this certificate, faculty and staff will have a better understanding of some of the health-related issues for our students, ourselves, and the resources available to support our community.


An overview of alcohol issues and concerns. Topics will explore early historic use of alcohol, the impact on health, relationships, and academics. Early warning signs of use will be identified. Resources for on and off campus will be shared.
New sessions to be announced.

Should we support or impede students’ use of technology? What are the benefits and risks of various forms of technology? Should we meet young people “where they are” or stick to more traditional methods? This presentation hopes to start a conversation regarding the role of technology at an institution with “technology” in its name. Participants will learn about national and RIT-specific trends and will be encouraged to share their personal perceptions of student technology use. Discussion surrounding the benefits and consequences of technology use will be explored and best practices will be shared. 

New sessions to be announced.

The American Cancer Society’s Freshstart program is designed to help participants stop smoking through proven strategies of the quit process. This four-week session includes information on nicotine addiction and its health implications, the immediate rewards to quitting smoking, activities to help employees determine if they are ready to quit, preparing for the quit attempt by learning from your past quit attempts, medication, social support and creating a quit plan. Participants learn techniques to manage nicotine withdrawal, working through tough situations to prevent relapse.

This 4-week session meets 1 hr per week.

Poor sleep habits (referred to as hygiene) are among the most common problems encountered in our society.  Tips and techniques for good sleep hygiene will be discussed as well as the impact poor sleep has on work and academic performance.

This presentation serves as an introduction to the CPD Wellness Certificate Series.  An overview of the full series is provided, and the mission and goals for the Wellness Initiative in Student Affairs and the Better Me program for faculty and staff are reviewed.
New sessions to be announced.

An overview of medical marijuana and marijuana issues and concerns pertaining to college students. Topics will include the history of marijuana, the state laws, legalization of marijuana, clarifying what medical marijuana is, and the effects on health. Upon closing the session resources for on and off campus will be shared.
New sessions to be announced.

We will review national trends related to the mental health of college students and discuss the impact on our campus of the mental health issues of students.  Services and resources on campus will be  will be outlined as how to make a referral.  Off campus resource will be highlighted as well.

Learn a mindful whole-person approach to manage stress. Enhance self-awareness and overall well-being- for oneself, and to assist students with managing stress more effectively.

Join us for a presentation busting common nutrition myths.  Topics to be busted include, dieting, gaining muscle, food fads, exercise, supplement use, and fluids.

You will leave the presentation ready to make better nutrition choices for a lifetime of wellness.

Participants in this session will be invited to examine various relationships in an effort to understand the complexity of relating to people who play various roles in their lives. Platonic, Familial, and romantic relationship dynamics will be explored while paying particular attention to common relationship pitfalls.  Self-esteem, assertiveness, healthy and unhealthy relationships will be covered.

New sessions to be announced.

An overview of over-the-coutner (OTC) and prescription drug abuse issues and concerns including those pertaining to college students.

Prescription vs. OTC medication. Alarming trends of prescription drug use. Myths about prescription drug abuse. What we can do to prevent OTC & prescription drug abuse. Upon closing the session resources for on and off campus will be shared.

New sessions to be announced.

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