Student Health Promotion
The Office of Student Health Promotion operates from a holistic model of well-being. We provide programming that allows students to access information around well-being and health promotion, as well as programs aimed at risk reduction. Our hope is that we can facilitate both learning and create an environment that helps our students not just survive as a Bennington College student, but build a foundation for them to thrive on our campus and throughout their life.
For more information on any health education topic, or for programming information, contact Ali Tartaglia, DrPH Director of Student Health Promotion by email or at 802-440-4755 or 802-440-4444 (talk or text) for 24/7 support (confidential).
The Dimensions of Wellbeing
The model of well-being that is the foundation for programming through our office has five dimensions or leaves of our wellbeing tree. We all have moments in our lives when we feel as though we are out of sync with one or more of these dimensions. If you feel that this is true for you, come and talk to someone at the Office of Student Health Promotion, we can help you identify ways in which you can more fully engage in an area you feel as though you are struggling in.
Social wellness incorporates the social skills one needs to relate to others and engage in the campus community. Positive social relationships with peers, family and the greater campus community can serve as social supports. Being part of student groups that interest you, and developing friendships with people in your house or classes are ways in which we can grow our social networks.
Our built and natural surroundings influence how safe, comfortable, and healthy we are, whether we are learning, working or living. Looking for student groups that focus on environmental issues or practicing recycling, bringing your water bottle or coffee cup with you to fill up are all ways in which we can practice our environmental well being.
What we mean when discussing our intellectual dimension of wellbeing is active participation in your scholastic pursuits. When health choices are made that do not take into account our intellectual dimension, our ability to learn can be compromised, impacting both the academic and career goals that we have. Engaging in this dimension means seeking help academically when you need it, and engaging fully in your academic experience here.
This dimension is built upon our beliefs, identity, and cultures. This dimension fuels a lot of what and why for us and ultimately for many lead us to occupational choices. Volunteering through Bennington Acts, joining the interfaith community, or helping your peers to learn about a topic that you feel strongly about are all ways in which to engage with meaning and purpose.
Optimal mind-body practices can help reconnect body and soul. Caring for the body’s physical and emotional optimal health through exercise, nutrition, sleep, meditation, breathing techniques, and other methods can reduce the harmful effects of stress. Meditating, going to the Meyer Recreation Barn, or joining a club sport are all ways to engage in the mind and body dimension of well being.
The Office of Student Health Promotion offers programming around a variety of topics. The ones listed below are the most commonly discussed topics. If there is something that you would like to recommend or have questions about, please do not hesitate to contact us. We also are able to offer small group education sessions or provide one on one education. Contact us to schedule a time to speak with us.
Peer Advocates are students that are trained to work with their peers around interpersonal violence, including sexual assault, stalking and relationship violence.
Peer Educators are students that are trained to provide one on one education and group education to their peers on a variety of health topics, including alcohol risk reduction, sexual health and sexual assault prevention.
If you are interested in becoming either a peer educator or a peer advocate, contact Ali Tartaglia, Director of Student Health Promotion at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wellbeing Interns (formerly known as Rec Barn Monitors) are students who work with the office of Student Health Promotion to ensure that people that utilize the Meyer Rec Barn are safe. They are also able to ensure that questions regarding health related topics are answered or know where to refer.
Our health interns are students who work with the office to create and implement our health education programming.