Health Promotion

What is it? 

Our Health Promotion department organizes various events and programs throughout the year to improve the holistic wellbeing of the Portland State community. We are inspired by the concept of the Wellness Wheel, which demonstrates that a healthy state is most often achieved when a person attends to many different aspects of their wellbeing. Our programs address emotional, intellectual, physical, social, environmental, financial, and spiritual wellbeing, and aim to help our participants understand how they can be their best selves!


Annual Events


Walktober - October 1-31

Walk your way to good health! This 31-day walking challenge is free and open to the entire PSU community. Visit the Walktober website to create an account online and compete as an individual or team. Log your minutes, earn incentives, meet others through weekly guided walks, get outside and be active!



Thrive X - Winter Term 

Replacing Healthy U Wellness Challenge is a brand new program, Thrive X! This new program will consist of a series of weekly events designed to help you not only survive, but thrive during the long winter months. These sessions will take place at a regular weekly time in the tradition of Campus Rec’s Group X fitness classes, but will instead cover holistic wellness topics such as mindfulness, resilience, positive mental attitudeand more. Visit our Thrive X page for details. 



Nourish Wellness Fair

Attend the annual Nourish Wellness Fair to learn about on-campus and off-campus wellness resources. Receive free acupuncture, massage, healthy food samples, gait analysis, body composition testing, farmers market produce and more! This event is free to all PSU students, faculty, staff and Rec Center members. If you are interested in participating in the fair as a vendor please contact Visit the Nourish Wellness Fair website to learn more. 


    Student Health 101

    PSU offers a free subscription to Student Health 101 for students! Student Health 101 is a monthly health and wellness magazine. Each issue contains information that will help you make better decisions while in college, and can help give you a better understanding of the health and wellness challenges that face today’s students.


    Each month, you’ll receive an e-mail with the latest issue. Please take a few minutes to read the issues each month, you'll be sure to find this a valuable resource to keeping yourself healthy while getting through the academic year.


    Questions? Email Mimi Boumatar, Health Promotion Graduate Student Coordinator,