Office of Student Life

Student Wellness Center

Become a Wellness Ambassador

WELLNESS AMBASSADOR DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

Students interested in becoming a Wellness Ambassador must participate in the Wellness Ambassador Development Program. The Wellness Ambassador Development Program (WADP) meets once per week for 9 weeks during Spring Semester. WADP is designed to enhance leadership skills, wellness knowledge, and to prepare students to be effective Wellness Ambassadors. Upon completing WADP students are eligible to serve as Wellness Ambassadors during their time as an undergraduate student at Ohio State.

Wellness Ambassadors develop and implement programs across a wide range of topic areas including: alcohol education, nutrition, safer sex, other drugs, stress, sleep, and career wellness. As a Wellness Ambassador, you will have the opportunity to select one of these areas to specialize in that aligns with your interests and goals. Read below to learn more about the Wellness Ambassador program. If you have questions about the program please contact Michaela Martin at martin.2202@osu.edu.

The application for the 2017 Wellness Ambassador Development Program is now closed. If you are interested in applying next year please enter your information here

Specialization Area

Wellness Ambassadors will learn

Wellness Ambassadors will

Alcohol Education

  • Alcohol facts and the scope of alcohol use on college campuses
  • Risk reduction strategies
  • Links between alcohol use and other areas of wellness
  • Campus and community resources related to alcohol
  • Educate peers on harm reduction strategies to stay safe
  • Equip peers with knowledge on how to Party Smart
  • Provide alcohol alternative events and activities

Nutrition

  • Nutrition facts
  • Healthy dining options on campus
  • Links between nutrition and other areas of wellness
  • Campus and community resources related to nutrition, fitness, and body image
  • Help peers feel empowered to make the healthy choices when dining on and off campus
  • Assist peers in understanding the recommended guidelines for physical fitness for adults ages 18-24
  • Provide peers the tools to alter negative self-talk for a more positive body image

 

Safer Sex

  • Safer sex data pertaining to the OSU community
  • How safer sex practices impact other areas of wellness
  • How to educate students on safer sex practices, regardless of sexual preferences.
  • Campus and community resources related to sexual health
  • Educate peers on decision making skills consistent with beliefs
  • Provide information on healthy relationships and consent
  • Encourage sexually active students to utilize risk reduction measures

 

Other Drugs (Tobacco Free, Prescription Drug Education, Marijuana Education)

  • Effects of misuse and abuse of prescription medication and illicit drugs
  •  Policies, procedures and laws surrounding tobacco and other drugs
  •  How drug misuse/abuse impacts other areas of wellness
  • Campus and community resources related to other drugs
  • Empower peers to help change campus culture surrounding tobacco and other drugs
  • Educate peers on what it means and how to be an active bystander  

Stress/Sleep

  • Potential sources of stress and lack of sleep
  • How stress and sleep can promote or prevent academic success, and how it impacts other areas of wellness
  • Campus and community resources for stress management and sleep
  • Educate peers on stress  and time management techniques
  • Equip peers with the tools to make sleep a priority to achieve academic success and a healthy lifestyle
  • Provide peers with the ability to reframe the mental and physical reaction to stress

 

Career (In partnership with  Career Counseling and Support Services)

  • How values, skills, and interest can connect to a career
  • Resume, cover letter, and interview skills
  • Campus and community resources for career support
  • Support peers in attaining career goals
  • Aide in development of career interest by encouraging peers to get involved in co-curricular activities, internships, and work experiences 


Application Timeline

  • 9/12/16: Application Opens
  • 10/30/16: Application Closes
  • 11/7-11/14/16: Individual Interviews
  • 11/16- 11/17/16: Group Interviews
  • 11/22/16: Applicants Notified
  • 1/18/17: First day of WADP

Qualifications

  • Two-semester commitment to volunteer a minimum of 3 hours each week
  • GPA of 2.5 or greater 
  • Strong communication skills, and a passion for educating and helping others 
  • Must be an undergraduate student at The Ohio State University
  • Previous experience is not necessary 

Responsibilities

  • Assist with the planning, publicizing and implementation of wellness events across campus
  • Facilitate wellness workshops and presentations 
  • Collaborate and build partnerships with student organizations, groups and departments across campus
  • Contribute 3 hours a week to the program