Wellness & Health Action Team
Who We Are
The Wellness and Health Action Team (WHAT) is a team of undergraduate peer health educators in the Health Promotion Department at the Center for Student Health and Counseling (SHAC).
WHAT’s goals are to:
• Inform the Portland State community about relevant health topics and available resources;
• Develop engaging programs on campus to promote healthy decision-making;
• Empower students to utilize accessible strategies to achieve long-term health;
• Advocate for change in campus policies that facilitate student wellness and success.
What We Do
• Create Customizable Health Education workshops
• Event appearances and tabling
• Department collaborations
• "Don't Cancel Class!"
• Campus-wide health promotion events
• Check out our traveling Hut
How to Contact Us
You can contact WHAT if you have any questions or if you want to partner with them by emailing WHAT@pdx.edu.
This workshop explores how negative body image can affect our lives and how social media and the entertainment industry can skew perceptions of ourselves. Together we will embark upon a journey towards improved self-confidence and a renewed appreciation of our own unique qualities.
This workshop will provide you with physical wellness lifestyle options for developing and maintaining a successful plan for physical activity.
Find out WHAT's really on your plate with this workshop where we serve up tools in utilizing the new Nutritional Label. With hands-on activities, we'll end up finding and sharing nutritional resources on campus that can help everyone make their own healthier eating decisions.
This workshop will teach you how to have a better understanding of how Negative Mental Attitudes can play a role in overall wellness. We will go over how to switch our thinking to a Positive Mental Attitude approach all while talking about mindfulness and available PSU resources.
This isn’t your average Sex Ed course; it’s Sexual health 101, but with a fun Emoji twist! We are going to talk about barrier methods, consent, contraception, and STI testing with the help of our trusted friends.
With the demanding forces of academics, work, and family life, sleep is often put on the back burner of students' routines. This workshop will help assist students in developing sleep hygiene skills by learning to boost our productivity through proper rest.
Eustress, de-stress, who stress? Do you ever feel like your life is spiraling out of control? This workshop will teach you how to change this feeling of being out-of-control into being productive. We will give out tips and tricks to handle, manage, and let go of our stress.
In this workshop, we will go over how to integrate a new life change into your life. This workshop will give you the skills to handle the stress that comes with major life changes as well as learning about resilience and positive mental attitude.
THE Virtual HUT
The Hut's gone virtual!
The Hut is a peer-powered outreach program designed and committed to informing and empowering the PSU community. Join us for weekly Instagram Lives where we: Provide accurate info about relevant health/wellness topics & act as a student referral source for SHAC & PSU services.
WHAT's UP: A Wellness Podcast
Did you know that the Wellness and Health Action Team (WHAT) has a podcast called WHAT’s Up: A Wellness Podcast? A podcast, for students, by students dedicated to discussing various health and wellness topics. You can find it on all streaming platforms by searching ‘Wellness and Health Action Team’.