The mission of the Center for Health Promotion is to support Ithaca College students in developing the skills and identifying the resources necessary for making healthy lifestyle choices. The Center utilizes evidence-based tools and personalized information to empower students to make their own decisions for optimizing their wellbeing. The Center's primary content areas include harm reduction for alcohol and other drug use, building resiliency, and finding balance in order to thrive during college and beyond. 

The Center for Health Promotion is located on the lower (basement) level of Hammond Health Center, just down the hallway from CAPS. The Center is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Stop by to meet our staff: Program Director: Nancy Reynolds and Health Promotion Specialist: Kristen Lind. Nancy and/or Kristen can be reached by email at healthpromotion@ithaca.edu or by phone at 607-274-7933.

What is "health promotion"? What is "wellness"?

Health promotion is the process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve, their health. It moves beyond a focus on individual behaviour towards a wide range of social and environmental interventions.

Wellness is more than being free from illness. There are many interrelated dimensions of wellness: physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, social, environmental, and occupational. Each dimension is equally vital in the pursuit of optimum health.

- World Health Organization (WHO)

THRIVE @ IC Wellness Coaching and Workshop Program

  • THRIVE@IC is a program that assists students on assessing areas of their own wellness such as: sleep, stress management, nutrition, exercise, connecting with others, and balancing substance use.
  • The Wellness Coaching program is one-on-one, flexible, and confidential.
  • THRIVE Wellness Workshop teaches students how to build resiliency to maximize college success. Email healthpromotion@ithaca.edu to learn more or to schedule a workshop.

Student Massage Services

Monthly Chair Massage

Center for Health Promotion is proud to sponsor chair massages at a reduced cost ($1/minute) for students. Chair massages can be 10, 20 or 30 minutes long.

Campus Well by Student Health 101

Student Health 101 is a free online magazine featuring content relevant to life as a college student.

Center for Health Promotion Resource Room

The Resource Room is open 8:30am-5:00pm, Monday - Friday, during the academic year. The Resource Room features:

  • Light Therapy Units
  • Safer Sex Supplies (internal and external condoms, dental dams, and lube)
  • Pamphlets and brochures on various health and wellness topics
  • Coloring books
  • Buddha board (relaxing water drawing)
  • IC and other community resources
  • RA bulletin boards on health and wellness topics

Be Tick Free at IC: Tick-borne infection prevention

Be Tick Free at IC is a health promotion initiative to prevent tick-borne illness like Lyme Disease.