About Us

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.

Our programs and services include:

  • Ithaca Student Health 101 - A wellness e-magazine, Student Health 101 is a relevant information source for common college health topics. The content is updated every month from September through June.

  • THRIVE Wellness Coaching - Confidential, one-on-one consultations to explore wellness-related concerns and build resiliency. Students can identify practical changes for areas such as sleep, nutrition, fitness, and more. THRIVE is also available as a class or workshop for student groups, upon request.

  • BASICS Program - BASICS stands for, "Balancing Alcohol and Substance Use to Improve College Success." BASICS sessions are individual consultations about alcohol and other drug use, in a confidential, nonjudgmental setting.

  • Massage Services - Our licensed massage therapist, Jeffery Haley, provides chair massages once a month in our Resource Room during the academic year. Students can sign up and pre-pay for this service.

In our Resource Room you will find:

  • Print materials - Pamphlets and other resource material on college health topics.

  • Bulletin boards for RAs (located in the filing cabinet in our Resource Room).

  • Free internal and external condoms, lube, and oral dams.

  • A SunBox Light Therapy unit.

  • Campus and community resource information.

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)