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During the Spring 2021 semester, the Center for Health Promotion's physical space will remain closed, but we are still available to provide resources and support for IC students, including THRIVE Wellness Coaching and BASICS appointments via our secure Zoom telehealth system. Staff are available from 8:30-5pm virtually, during the academic year. Please don't hesitate to contact us at healthpromotion@ithaca.edu if you have any questions or concerns regarding your health and wellness. You can easily schedule an appointment online!  

In good health,

Nancy Reynolds, Program Director 


Kristen Lind, Health Promotion Specialist


Staying Healthy in Mind, Body, and Soul - various resources for during the time of COVID-19.

The mission: The Center for Health Promotion’s mission 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. 

Location/Hours: We are located on the lower (basement) level of Hammond Health Center, just down the hallway from CAPS.  (Our physical space is currently closed, and services are being offered remotely via Zoom).  The Center is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p. during the academic year. 

Email us at healthpromotion@ithaca.edu for information or log in to the MyICHealth web portal to  schedule a confidential appointment.

Outreach and consultation requests can made here. 

Our Main Services

Wellness Coaching

Wellness coaching is a free, confidential, nonjudgmental and compassionate conversation in which a student can explore the strengths and challenges related to their own wellness practices. They can identify new strategies for moving forward and have a plan to practice these strategies. Students can talk about many aspects of wellness such as; good sleep, eating healthy, substance use, and time management and many more. Wellness Coaching is flexible so students can attend a session and then continue to check back in over time or just have one session and be done. The wellness coaches at CHP are national-board certified. During the spring 2021 semester, wellness coaching sessions are provided virtually, via Zoom.

BASICS Program

BASICS stands for "Balancing Alcohol and Other Substance Use to Improve College Success." The goal of BASICS is to give students a confidential, nonjudgmental space to explore their experiences and concerns about substance use and find practical strategies for reducing harm. Typically, BASICS involves 2 sessions, with completion of a brief, confidential online survey in between. This survey generates a Personalized Feedback Report that is reviewed with the student in the second session. The feedback report can be a valuable tool for identifying harm reduction (safer use) strategies that are relevant to the individual student and practical. If you are required to complete BASICS by the Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards, or another party, we can confirm your completion if you request that we do so. During the spring 2021 semester, BASICS sessions are being offered virtually, via Zoom. 

Center for Health Promotion Staff

Kristen Lind, M. Ed., CWHC, Health Promotion Specialist (klind@ithaca.edu)

Prior to working at Ithaca College, Kristen had various careers spanning the length of human development. She worked in preschools, was a kindergarten and fifth grade teacher, and before coming to Ithaca College, worked as a caseworker for Adult Services for Tompkins County. As a Health Promotion Specialist, Kristen works directly with students through the BASICS program as well as the THRIVE @ IC Wellness Coaching program. Through THRIVE @ IC, she also does outreach to students to build resiliency and promote overall health and wellness.

NANCY REYNOLDS, MSPH, MCHES, NBC-HWC nreynolds@ithaca.edu

Nancy has served as Program Director of the Center for Health Promotion since 2009. Prior to coming to IC, Nancy worked in health promotion at several other campuses in the northeast including University of Rochester, Cornell University, SUNY Cortland, and UMASS Amherst. At IC, Nancy keeps busy working with individual students in the BASICS Program and in THRIVE wellness coaching sessions, presents to classes and seminars, and leads health-related strategies such as the Alcohol and Other Drug Team and the Opioid Overdose Prevention Initiative.