About Rattler Wellness

About Rattler Wellness

Student Health Services and Campus Recreation have collaborated to create a new initiative called “Rattler Wellness”. Rattler Wellness is a mind, body, spirit approach to the overall health and wellness of minorities. The kick-off for the Rattler Wellness initiative was March 19th, 2012. Goals of the SHS Health Promotion and Wellness Department

  • To help educate and train students to become leaders and campus role models
  • To encourage students, faculty and staff to adopt healthy lifestyles and create a campus culture of wellness
  • Assist students to modify negative or risky behaviors
  • Collaborate with campus and community resources and departments to implement successful programming


Guiding Principles

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  • Self-Responsibility – there are things we, individually, musts do to help improve our health and wellness.  The doctor cannot fix everything.
  • Holistic – Health includes our physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.
  • Journey – This is a journey; we never “arrive.” There is always something more to be done.
  • Balance – You have to work on all areas to improve wellness.
  • Unique – There is no one way – everyone’s path will be different.
  • Time – There is no perfect day to start – start today!


Dimensions of Wellness 

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  • Physical – Optimal physical wellness requires eating well, exercising, avoiding harmful habits (such as smoking), recognizing the signs of disease, getting regular physical exams, and taking steps to prevent injury i.e. wearing a bike helmet.
  • Emotional – Optimism, trust, self-esteem, self-acceptance, self-confidence, self-control satisfying relationships, and an ability to share feeling.
  • Intellectual – Openness to new ideas, a capacity to question and think critically, and the motivation to master new skills.
  • Environmental – Learning and contributing to the health of the planet. Helping to eliminate pollutants, lead paint, and second hand smoke indoors. Environmental wellness requires learning how to protect yourself from these hazards and doing what you can to reduce or eliminate them.
  • Social – Developing a sense of connection, belonging, and a well-developed support system.
  • Spiritual – Possess a set of guiding beliefs, principles, or values that give meaning and purpose to life. Spiritual wellness is also the capacity to love, have compassion for others, forgiveness, joy and fulfillment.

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