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Physical Wellness

Physical Wellness means living responsibly and taking care of your body. The following are key points* to achieving Physical Wellness:

  • Complete fitness program including Cardiovascular fitness, strength, flexibility, & stamina.
  • Positive nutritional habits.
  • Positive health habits with drugs and alcohol.
  • Safety and risk reduction behavior.

For information on various aspects of Physical Wellness, please select a link from one of the topics below:

Alcohol & Drugs

  • Alcohol Policies Project - This is a website with excellent information regarding alcohol and its potential abuse. It includes current issues such as marketing to young people and issues on campus. Wonderful links page as well.
  • Alcoholics Anonymous - Official AA page in English, Spanish & French.
  • College Drinking Prevention - Lots of info on Alcohol on the College scene. FAQs about alcoholism, tips for helping a friend, guidelines for use, and much more.
  • E-Chug - An on-line adaptation of the the Check-Up to Go (CHUG); a brief assessment and feedback tool designed to reduce drinking among college students.
  • Portland Area Intergroup AA - This website provides information on Portland area meeting schedules, treatment facilities, literature distribution and more.
  • SMART Recovery - "SMART Recovery offers free face-to-face and online mutual help groups. SMART Recovery (Self-Management And Recovery Training) helps people recover from all types of addictive behaviors, including: alcoholism, drug abuse, substance abuse, drug addiction, alcohol abuse, gambling addiction, cocaine addiction, and addiction to other substances and activities."
  • Step 11 - A spiritual growth community worship center designed to bring together those who are 12-steppers, including family and friends, who have worked beyond steps 1-10 and are now seeking ways to improve other ares of life using 12-step principals.


  • American Dental Association - Learn about the American Dental Association, dental professionals, and oral health.
  • Colgate Oral Health and Hygiene Resource Center - Learn the basics on oral health and hygiene.
  • HIVDent - This is a not-for-profit coalition of concerned health care professionals committed to assuring access to high quality oral health care services for adults, adolescents, and children living with HIV disease.
  • Oral Health Resources - This website is from the CDC. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the federal agency with primary responsibility for supporting state- and community-based programs to prevent oral disease, promoting oral health nationwide, and fostering applied research to enhance oral disease prevention in community settings.
  • The Oral Cancer Foundation - The Oral Cancer Foundation is a national public service, non-profit entity designed to reduce suffering and save lives through prevention, education, research, advocacy, and support. Oral cancer is the largest category of those cancers


  • Campus Rec- PSU - Campus Rec is a student-led organization providing the PSU community with a variety of sports and activities. They offer Intramural Sports, Club Sports, Fitness programs, Aquatics, Outdoor programs, and access to the gym. They are located in the Peter Stott Center.
  • Progress Log - Progress log is a free site that has been created to give athletes a convenient online training log to keep track of their running, cycling & swimming activities. includes tools to keep track of your rides and runs with more disciplines to come as the site grows. Use the forum to chat with others across the country or in your back yard.
  • Runner's World - Link to the website of the magazine that offers information on training, shoes and gear, and more.
  • The Outdoor Program- PSU - This is the only outdoor program in the state that is entirely student run, offering students the chance to enhance their academic careers through leadership development opportunities or in finding affordable ways to escape (go on trips!) and meet fellow students. Get active and get outdoors!

General Health

  • Advance Directives - An Advance Directive leaves less doubt about what you would want if you can't speak for yourself, and lets you pick who you want to speak on your behalf. If you fill it out, we encourage you to remember that people do recover from what seem to be devastating injuries. Think about how you'd change your mind if the outcome were certain, or might change in two weeks. Also think about what's included in other medical treatment: especially for a young person, life-saving technology may mean a future that has very little residual from an injury or illness. If there were a chance you'd recover, would you want antibiotics? An electric shock to restart your heart? Renal dialysis for a week? If you'd like more information or need to talk to about this issue, please feel free to contact the Center for Student Health and Counseling.
  • American Institute for Cancer Research - Foster research on diet and cancer prevention.
  • Andrew Weil, M.D. - Natural Health Magazine's Dr. Weil, answers health questions integrating Western & Alternative medicine.
  • Breast Cancer Action - Learn about environmental factors and breast cancer. This organization raises money for awareness and research against environmental pollutants and toxic-ants that cause cancer.
  • - "This website provides information, support and guidance for family and professional caregivers. includes topic specific newsletters, online discussion lists, back issue articles of Today's Caregiver magazine, chat rooms and an online store."
  • CDC - CDC's travel site. Includes vaccination guidelines.
  • Consumerlab -, LLC ("CL") provides independent test results and information to help consumers and health-care professionals evaluate health, wellness, and nutrition products.
  • Face The Issue - Various information on Alcoholism, Bulimia, Anorexia, Drugs, Abuse, Depression, Self-Esteem.
  • Family Doctor - Health information from the American Academy of Family Physicians.
  • Go Ask Alice - Columbia University's site for health questions and answers. Includes: sexual health, fitness/nutrition, emotional health, alcohol/drug, general health topics.
  • Healthfinder - Good health information.
  • Healthwise Knowledgebase - Through the Peace Health Website. This search-able database provides in-depth health topics and advice about when to seek care.
  • Hoaxes-Rumors - CDC page reporting on Health Related Hoaxes and Rumors.
  • LGBTQ Resources - A list of all types of resources for the LGBTQ community.  From physical health, mental health, substance abuse and more.
  • Living Well - Are you, a friend, or a family member living with a chronic condition like asthma, diabetes, fibromyalgia, MS, heart disease, high blood pressure or arthritis? Are you ready to change things for the better? Visit the Living Well website for information on a practical, interactive six-week workshop offered by the DHS Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Program.
  • Merck Manual - Search-able site for medical problems.
  • My Studentbloggy - Articles and discussions relating to health promotion in student affairs/college campuses.  Keep checking the website for the latest info on relationships, prescription drug use and more!
  • National Institutes of Health - Site contains tons of health and mental health information.
  • Oregon Public Health Division - Information on different aspects of public health, also includes a guide to state health resources & services.
  • Quackwatch - Quackwatch, Inc., which was a member of Consumer Federation of America from 1973 through 2003, is a nonprofit corporation whose purpose is to combat health-related frauds, myths, fads, and fallacies.
  • SeekWellness - "Through, we will encourage, empower, and support health care consumers to improve their level of wellness by providing information, services and products, all chosen with the consumer’s best interests in mind."
  • WebMD - All types of health information, search-able.


  • Angel Food Ministries - This organization to provides food for those who are struggling financially. Today the Angel Food program now is helping provide food relief to more than 500,000 families each month.
  • Beyond Physical Appearances - A Guide to Anorexia
  • Center for Science - Outstanding website on nutrition and food safety. Founded in 1971, Center for Science in the Public Interest is an independent nonprofit consumer health group. They advocate for honest food labeling, advertising safer food additives and sustainable agriculture.
  • Choose My Plate - Did you know the food pyramid is out and the plate is in?  Visit the USDA's website to learn about all the various aspects of nutrition, including how to eat well on a budget.
  • Eat Right - The American Dietetic Association, who serve the public by promoting optimal nutrition, health and well-being.
  • Eating Disorders - More useful sites and suggestions for on-line support groups.
  • Facts About Dietary Supplements - Reliable information about supplements and vitamins. See link to report on advertisement.
  • Herbs, Botanicals & Other Products - The Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center's AboutHerbs web site. This site provides objective information for oncologists and health-care professionals, including a clinical summary for each agent and details about constituents, adverse effects, interactions, and potential benefits or problems.
  • National Eating Disorders Association - This web site has a wealth of information about eating disorders, what they are, causes, prevention and treatment.
  • Nutrition Reporter - Nutrition tips and research from expert Jack Challem.
  • Rader Programs - Specializing in the Treatment of ALL Eating Disorders - Rader Programs at Pacific Shores Hospital (Calabasas, CA) is an inpatient program with a staff specializing in the treatment of eating disorders for over 25 years.
  • Snack Calculator - Not sure if that snack you're about to buy is actually nutritious for you?  Plug in the numbers and find out!
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)- Helping people with financial difficulties receive food benefits and meet their nutritional needs.
  • YumYum - Recipe website for fast, easy, inexpensive student meals.

Oregon Insurance & Prescription Options

  • Avia Partners - Visit this website to learn more about the "Avia partners Savings Cards" that can be used to "save up to 50% on all prescription products new or refills" at over 50,000 participating pharmacies (Safeway and other pharmacies) across the U.S.
  • Family Health Insurance Assistance Program (FHIAP) - If you’re looking for a way to afford health insurance, check out the state’s Family Health Insurance Assistance Program (FHIAP). FHIAP pays 50%-95% of the monthly insurance premium for private health insurance. The program is for people who don’t have health insurance or have insurance at work but can’t afford to add family members. Applicants must be uninsured for the past six months or come directly into the program from Oregon Health Plan or a Student Accident and Health Insurance plan.
  • Oregon Health Plan (OHP) - The Oregon Health Plan (OHP) operates under a waiver from the federal government that allows us to serve more low-income people using federal Medicaid money. This is done through an innovative system that prioritizes health care, using a list of hundreds of conditions and their treatments. Higher priority is given to conditions that can be successfully treated, and to avoiding illness through preventive care. The website will give you information on applications, benefits, data publications and more.
  • Oregon Prescription Drug Program - This program allows any Oregonian without Rx coverage to enroll and obtain drugs at lower cost.

Sexual Assault/Rape

  • Rape - An informational site from the UCLA Medical Center.
  • Male Survivors of Sexual Assault - This site is hosted by the University of Texas at Austin. Male sexual assault can and does happen, this website provides information as well as support for male survivors.
  • Portland Women's Crisis Line
  • RAINN - The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) is the nation's largest anti-sexual assault organization.
  • Sexual Assault Resources & Education - This site is run through the College of William & Mary. They are dedicated to providing first-rate information and resources to educate students and the public about sexual assault prevention and awareness.
  • Stop Campus Rape - This site is run through Indiana University. Fulfilling the adage that knowledge is power, this website is designed to promote learning and serve as portal for accurate, honest, and objective information about sexual assault, rape, and domestic violence.

Sexual Health

  • AIDS and STD Information - Information regarding HIV, AIDS, and other STDs.
  • - This site is focused on educating, raising awareness and building community.
  • Colposcopy and Cervical Biopsy - Online health information regarding this procedure. Explains why it's done and how to prepare.
  • Condomania - Condom options for the most finicky. This is a practical fun site to explore.
  • href="">Go Ask Alice - Columbia University's site for health questions and answers. Includes: sexual health, fitness/nutrition, emotional health, alcohol/drug, general health topics.
  • I Wanna Know - The basics of sexually transmitted diseases & sexual health.
  • It's Your Sex Life - This is aimed at younger adolescents, but is a thoughtful approach to communication and sexual health, by the Kaiser Family Foundation in partnership with MTV.
  • Kinsey Confidential - Kinsey Confidential is a project of the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University, providing authoritative information on sex, sex education, and other sexual health topics.
  • Online Health Center - Brought to you by Planned Parenthood.
  • Oregon AIDS/STD Hotline - It's not always easy to talk to parents, teachers, or even friends about STDs. Call this hotline, 1-800-777-2437 and/or visit this website. It's free and confidential.
  • Planned Parenthood - Current, reliable information on birth control options and sexually transmitted infections, from Planned Parenthood.
  • Student Sex Life -  An educational resource for college students about sex and healthy relationships.
  • The Body - A comprehensive HIV/AIDS online resource with news, chat and bulletin boards.

Sleep Disorders

  • Sleepnet - An index of resources on sleep and sleep disorders.

Tobacco Cessation

  • Asian Smokers Quit Line - "The Asian Smokers Quitline is a free nationwide Asian-language quit smoking service operated by the Moores Cancer Center at the University of California, San Diego.  The Quitline offers self-help materials, referral to local programs, one-one-one telephone counseling to quit smokign and a free two-week starter kit of nicotine patches.
  • Become an EX Smoker - "EX is a whole new way to think about quitting smoking - it's about re-learning life without cigarettes. We can help you learn how to do everything you currently do while smoking cigarettes, but without them.  The free EX quit smoking plan is based on personal experiences from ex-smokers, as well as the latest scientific research from the experts at Mayo Clinic. Whether this is your first try to quit smoking or your 10th, the free EX plan can help you stop smoking."
  • Cost of Smoking Calculator - Use this easy online calculator tool to see how much you could end up saving if you quit smoking.
  • Determined to Quit - Offers not just help with figuring out your motivations to quit, how to quit and resources but includes the "Quit Companion".  This tool is web based or mobile phone based and allows you to track your progress, invite friends/family in to leave you supportive messages and even send you text messages during times that are the hardest parts of the day, plus more.  Check it out!
  • - Steps to help you break the smoking habit.
  • Free and Clear - Some of the information you'll find here includes: Information for those who want to support someone who is or isn't ready to stop smoking, materials to help understand and identify your readiness to stop smoking, the benefits of quitting tobacco, a special calculator to figure your savings once you quit, quitting tips and relevant news/information. 
  • Freedom from Smoking - "Freedom From Smoking® Online, or FFS Online, is a program specifically designed for adults, like you, who want to quit smoking. It’s an adaptation of the American Lung Association’s gold standard, group clinic that has helped thousands of smokers to quit for good."
  • Joe Chemo - A camel who wishes he'd never smoked. A guide to quitting with lots of useful links -- see the one to BadAds.
  • - Free and available 24 hours a day. Made specifically for young adult chewers. Developed by experts in smokeless tobacco. Based on proven and effective methods that have been tested by thousands of smokeless tobacco users.
  • Nicotine Anonymous - Looking for a support group? "Nicotine Anonymous is a Non-Profit 12 Step Fellowship of men and women helping each other live nicotine-free lives. Nicotine Anonymous welcomes all those seeking freedom from nicotine addiction, including those using cessation programs and nicotine withdrawal aids. The primary purpose of Nicotine Anonymous is to help all those who would like to cease using tobacco and nicotine products in any form. The Fellowship offers group support and recovery using the 12 Steps as adapted from Alcoholics Anonymous to achieve abstinence from nicotine."
  • Oregon Tobacco Quit Line - The Oregon Tobacco Quit Line is a free telephone service available to all Oregon residents who want to stop using tobacco. The Quit Line offers you free quitting information, one-on-one telephone counseling, and referrals for you or a loved one. They also have links to other informational websites.
  • QuitNet - Learn from their science-based smoking cessation resources. Get quitting tips and advice from expert counselors. Get support from the QuitNet community and create your own quit smoking plan.
  • Smoke Free Oregon - "This site features a directory of smoke-free establishments and other resources to help you make healthy, smoke-free choices."

*Key points provided by Andrew P. Jenkins, Ph.D., Central Washington University.