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Health & Wellness

Monarchs Pursue Total Wellness

Total wellness is all about helping you pursue optimal health in every aspect so you can thrive during your reign here at ODU. The Health Promotion Office offers educational tips and resources, events, and services to support your overall wellbeing and help you balance a full life! Fitness & Wellness maintains a Massage Therapy program that can also benefit your total wellness.


For questions about any Health Promotion programs, please contact healthpromotion@odu.edu. For questions about Massage Therapy, contact recwell@odu.edu.

 Substance Abuse Prevention

Help & Services for students struggling with Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs

 Sexual Health Services

Safe Sex Education & Events | Free Sexual Health Products | STD/STI Testing Info

  Stress & Sleep Management

Resources, education, and events to help students manage stress and support healthy rest habits

 Mental & Emotional Health

Resources and events to help improve students' overall mental and emotional health

Wellness Wheel


Wellness is a holistic active lifestyle that challenges the individual to function at his/her optimal potential by achieving balance in all areas of the Wellness Wheel.


Requires one to suspend judgement of others and strive to recognize, understand, accept and affirm differences among people.


Includes trust, self-esteem, self-acceptance, self- confidence, self-control and the ability to bounce back from setbacks and failures. A state of emotional and psychological well-being in which one is able to use their cognitive and emotional capabilities, function in society and meet ordinary demands of everyday life.


Includes the ability to promote measurers that improve the standard of living and quality of health in our environment.


Requires maintaining a balanced budget for expenses, managing money effectively, making wise financial decisions and practicing money-saving techniques.


Includes the use of and continual striving for information and intellectual growth.


Includes one's attitude abut one's work and recognizes personal satisfaction and enrichment in one's life through work.


State of optimal well-being, consisting of being free from disease or abnormality, preventing injury and healing bodily damage. Dependent on eating well, engaging in physical activity and avoiding harmful habits.


A set of guiding beliefs, principles or values that give meaning and purpose to your life, especially during difficult times; involves the capacity for love, compassion, forgiveness, altruism and fulfillment.


Includes learning good communication skills, developing the capacity for intimacy, contributing to your community, accepting other different from yourself and cultivating a support network of caring friends and/or family members.

Health & Wellness Events


Dec 1

De-Stress Week

12/01/2022 - 12/09/2022

Let off some steam before final exams with a week of free activities to help you de-stress! In addition to the events you see on the... (More)

Dec 2

Pause the Stress

12/02/2022 7:00 PM - 12/02/2022 11:00 PM

Make your own herbal tea and more! Hosted by ODU SAC and featured as part of Recreation & Wellness' De-Stress Week. (More)

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Get Involved!

There are many ways to engage with Health Promotion at ODU.



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