Mission and Vision
Mission: To empower students to strive for balance and wellness.
"Wellness" is an active, ongoing process which involves becoming aware of and taking steps toward a healthier, happier, more successful life.
Vision: To strive to provide the preeminent services at The Ohio State University that enhance the wellness of students and their communities.
The Student Life Student Wellness Center was developed out of the convergence of a variety of programs. The Ohio State University has been committed to addressing various health and wellness concerns, such as AIDS education and outreach efforts that began in 1982.
The substance abuse section of the program started in 1992 and was made possible by a federal (FIPSE) grant. The grant provided for a part-time program coordinator and limited resources for a peer program and brochures. Originally, the program was located in a small office on the third floor of the Student Health Center.
In early 1993, the substance abuse program merged with the AIDS Education and Outreach Program, as well as the nutrition services offered in the Student Health Services, creating the Department of Health Promotion. The new department was located on the ground floor of the Student Health Center.
The Department of Health Promotion staffed one full-time alcohol and other drug prevention coordinator, one full-time dietitian, two part-time graduate assistants (which served as coordinators of the HIV/AIDS Education and Outreach Program) and several student clerical assistants. The Department of Health Promotion provided programming and informational resources in the areas of HIV/AIDS, alcohol and other drugs and nutrition. In late 1995, the Department of Health Promotion relocated to the first floor of the Student Health Center and is now known as the Student Wellness Center.
In Summer 2005, the Student Life Student Wellness Center moved from the Wilce Student Health Center to the new Recreation and Physical Activity Center (RPAC), where state-of-the-art facilities were available in the Mary A. Daniels Student Wellness Suite. The new Student Life Student Wellness Center houses staff offices, a reception area, creative group work stations and one-on-one coaching rooms. The Student Life Student Wellness Center staff also utilize other space in the RPAC for programming, such as the demonstration kitchen on the second floor and meeting rooms for a variety of presentations.
In 2013, the Student Life Student Wellness Center was renovated to allow for more shared space with employees and students.