Koru Mindfulness

Koru Mindfulness

Welcome to the Sac State Koru Mindfulness Page!

A koru, the spiral shape of the unfurling fern frond, is the natural representation of the balance between perpetual growth and stability.
This experiential workshop series offers skills in Mindfulness and Meditation, which offer the type of growth symbolized by the koru.  Beyond simply decreasing your stress, this course offers approaches and skills to help you find more satisfaction in your daily life. The course, consisting of 4 interactive and engaging classes, is designed to help you learn mindfulness through the practice of specific skills that calm and focus your mind; and through the practice of meditation.  If you are feeling pressured and stressed, or just interested in learning a new skill that can enrich your life, these classes are for you! This opportunity is for any student that is open to the experience of mindfulness and meditation. No experience necessary.   This group will meet in the The COVE--1st Floor of the WELL.


Current Session Information.

Session I:

Thursdays: 3/2,3/9, 3/16, 3/30 (MUST ATTEND ALL 4) | 10:30 am - 11:45 am 

Faciliator(s): Katie Hodgson, LCSW & Jason Cataldo, LMFT

Session II


Facilitator(s): TBD


A half-day mindful retreat for students wanting to try a more intense mindfulness experience



For more information:

Session I: Contact Jason Cataldo at 916-278-6043


Click here and fill out the form to express interest

For medical or psychiatric emergencies, please call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest hospital.

Mandatory Online Tutorial

Mandatory Online Tutorial

As part of joining the Sacramento State community, ALL incoming students are required to complete an online sexual violence prevention training.  Undergraduate students are also required to complete training in alcohol abuse prevention.

The fall deadline to complete the training is March 12, 2017.  To avoid a hold on your account you must complete the training with a score of 75% or better.

To complete the required tutorials, use your SacLink account information to log on to https://studentsuccess.org/SSO/csus.

You will be charged a one-time fee ($10.00 for undergraduates; $5 for graduate/post-baccalaureate and CCE students), which is part of the regular tuition fee process to cover the cost of the tutorials.

Tips to succesful completion

  1. Make sure you complete all tutorials required for your level (undergraduate or graduate).
  2. Make sure you complete the evaluation section at the end of each tutorial.  Failure to do so will result in an “incomplete” by the system.
  3. Be sure to check your Sac State Student Center at least a month before you register to make sure you have no holds on your account.

If you have any questions about the program, you may contact Joelle Ockey at ockeyj@csus.edu. You may also e-mail Student Success through its program HELP button, or by sending an email directly to terrylynn.pearlman@studentsuccess.org

Executive Order 1095

Implementation of Title IX, VAWA/Campus SaVE Act, and Related Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence Legislation — Executive Order 1095

For medical or psychiatric emergencies, please call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest hospital.

ACHA-National College Health Assessment (NCHA)

ACHA-National College Health Assessment (NCHA)

The American College Health Association
National College Health Assessment II -National College Health Assessment (NCHA) is a nationally recognized research survey that collects comprehensive data about students’ health habits, behaviors, and perceptions. The survey covers a wide range of health issues, including:

Alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use
Sexual health
Weight, nutrition, and exercise
Mental health
Personal safety and violence

For the Sacramento State 2013 NCHA data, click here .

For the Sacramento Staet 2016 NCHA data, click here.


To obtain 2010 data or the full 2013 data report, please contact Reva Wittenberg at reva.wittenberg@csus.edu.

For medical or psychiatric emergencies, please call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest hospital.

Jesse Snow Memorial Fund Grant

Jesse Snow Memorial Fund Grant

Jesse Snow Memorial Fund Request for Proposals
Applications will be accepted through February 10th.

Jesse Snow, a 20-year-old Sac State student, was fatally injured in October 2001, following an evening of drinking at the Chevy’s restaurant located on Howe Avenue near the campus. At the behest of parents, Patricia Metzger-Snow and Stephen Snow, Chevys has made a $50,000 donation available to Sac State. Funds for proposal requests are not to exceed $2,500.

Funding Guidelines

  1. 1. All proposals should meet the following funding priorities:
    1. Alcohol education and prevention programs.
    2. On-campus, non-alcoholic social events that target a general Sac State student audience.
    3. Development of the ASI Safe Rides program (approximately 20% of the fund).
    4. Promote harm-reduction and prevention associated with high-risk drinking; safe partying practices; alcohol poisoning; and designated driving.
    5. Include sustainability opportunities beyond requested funding proposal.
  2. Special consideration shall be given to projects/activities that encourage healthy lifestyle choices without alcohol; are innovative; have demonstrable need; benefit and appeal to the greatest number of Sac State students; include sustainability opportunities beyond one-time funded event(s); and include collaboration with other funding sources.
  3. Need for funding is clearly established and documented in the written proposal;
  4. Proposal indicates careful planning, ability to implement, and specific responsibility for project/activity/event success;
  5. Goals of the project/activity/event are clearly stated and feasibility and accomplishment of stated goals are within stated timeline
  6. Funds must be used by December 31, 2017, unless otherwise specified by the Jesse Snow Memorial Fund Committee.
  7. As a condition of funding, award recipients will be expected to submit a final budget report indicating how funding were spent, detailed invoice of each individual item for which funds are being requested, and a final summary report of the event/activity that was funded.
  8. When feasible, all printed materials should acknowledge funding from the Jesse Snow Memorial Fund.

Submission Instructions

  • Please fill out application at https://sacstateshcs.wufoo.com/forms/jesse-snow-rfp/
  • All applications must be submitted by 4:30pm on February 10, 2017.
  • A budget template and written quote(s) from each vendor for each specific budget line item will be requested for all proposal submissions.

For more information, please contact Reva Wittenberg at reva.wittenberg@csus.edu or (916) 278-2036.

For medical or psychiatric emergencies, please call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest hospital.

Biennial Review

Biennial Review

This Biennial Review describes California State University, Sacramento’s (Sac State’s) alcohol and drug prevention activities for academic years 2012‐13 and 2013‐14. Sac State is in compliance with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act and continues to review alcohol and drug education programs and policies to determine effectiveness and consistency of policy enforcement. Sacramento State strives to continue using the Biennial Review process to identify strengths and weaknesses and implement changes in its alcohol and drug education programs and policies.


To see the full Biennial Review click here.

Strategic Plan

Strategic Plan

Goal 1: Enhance Student Learning and Success

Objective 1: Develop and promote at least two new SHCS programs aimed at promoting well-being by fall 2016.


  1. Offer classes and learning activities to promote resiliency and life skills in order to support student success.
  2. Develop and promote services that directly impact academic success.
  3. Partner with other groups on campus in promoting the seven dimensions of wellness.

Indicators of success:

  1. At least two new prosocial and/or wellness-focused programs or activities are available by fall 2016.
  2. New programs will reach at least 500 participants.


SHCS, in partnership with other campus departments, implemented Bringing in the Bystander (sexual/dating violence prevention) in fall 2015. To date, we’ve trained 10 trainers and over 500 student leaders (including RAs, student club officers, ASI student staff).
Began implementing Koru Mindfulness training – a 4-week mindfulness skills-building course designed for young adults – in fall 2015. The program, delivered through a partnership between Counseling and Health & Wellness Promotion, reached approximately 20 students. 


Goal 4: Excel as a Place to Learn, Work, Live, and Visit

Objective 1: Build a campus culture of wellness by making at least two environmental, systems or policy changes that support student and/or employee well-being by December 2016.


  1. Engage faculty and staff, including SHCS staff, in wellness initiatives.
  2. Promote adoption of environmental, systems, and policy changes with campus leaders to support student and employee wellness.
  3. Develop and implement a social marketing campaign to improve awareness and social norms around health issues.
  4. Include preventive and wellness messages into medical and counseling practice models.

Indicators of success:

  1. Adoption of two or more environmental, system, curriculum, or policy changes that support campus wellness, to be tracked by SHCS and the Wellness Committee.


Introduced SCOFF screening, when medically indicated, to assist in identifying students with eating disorders. The SCOFF tool has been created in the Electronic Medical Records (EMR) systems for use in all clinical areas.  SHCS is currently exploring opportunities to partner with the Athletics Department in screening all Athletes with SCOFF tool in order to better identify athletes with eating disorders.
Implemented the more in-depth AUDIT alcohol abuse screening tool for students who scored ≥ 3 on the brief AUDIT-C screening in Primary Care.
Conducted mindfulness training with all Student Health & Counseling Services staff.
Conducted a “Fit While You Sit” staff development training to encourage physical activity among SHCS staff during the workday.


Objective 2: Develop a patient-centered plan for implementation of Medical Home within the Primary Care center by June 2016.


  1. Promote referrals to make an appointment with Primary Care for patients seen in Urgent Care.
  2. Create opportunities for staff to work together across disciplines (for example: treatment teams, student outreach, and committees).
  3. Conduct a needs assessment to determine patients’ or clients’ access to services.

Indicators of success:

  1. Achieve a 20% shift in utilization from Urgent Care to Primary Care among students who access care, comparing visits in 2015-16 to 2016-17.
  2. At least one new cross-discipline project will be implemented by June, 2016.


In 2015-16, Students prescheduled 15281 appointments with medical providers working in the Primary Care department between 7/1/2016 and 5/16/2016.  “Drop-in” and urgent care appointments totaled 4636 visits.  Year to date approximately 70% of medical visits were prescheduled.  Strategies for effective utilization of primary care services include same day and next day appointment availability. 
Developed interdisciplinary Eating Disorders team (and accompanying policy/protocol), including a healthcare provider, counselor, and Registered Dietitian.


For Student Health and Counseling's full Strategic Plan click here.

For other Sacramento State Student Affairs strategic plans click here.


For medical or psychiatric emergencies, please call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest hospital.

Get Involved

Get Involved

Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC)

SHAC is a student-led organization that advises the Vice President for Student Affairs and the Executive Director of Student Health & Counseling Services on issues from a student’s perspective; covering such topics as accessibility, hours of operation, scope of services, student fees, quality of care and satisfaction.

SHAC members are appointed by various programs and departments across campus for a one-year commitment. Members have the opportunity to gain and enhance leadership skills and may receive a letter of recommendation when they have finished their time of service. SHAC also does events that help educate students about health and is interested in getting feedback from students about Student Health & Counseling Services.

For more information about SHAC, you may contact us at shac@csus.edu or at (916) 278-5422.

Peer Health Educator (PHE) Internship Program

Student Health & Counseling Services offers the Peer Health Educator internship program, a year-long academic and hands-on learning program. Peer Health Educators (PHEs) actively promote health and wellness at Sac State, with the opportunity to work in one or more of the following areas:

    • Active Minds (Mental Health)
    • Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs
    • Healthy Relationships
    • Nutrition

The PHE internship provides students with an opportunity to:

  1. become a BACCHUS Certified Peer Educator
  2. receive training in a variety of health and wellness topics
  3. earn academic units
  4. build leadership and communication skills
  5. explore careers related to health and wellness
  6. work with a team to build skills in planning and implementing educational programs, special events, publicity and public relations
  7. have fun!

Applications for the 2017-18 Peer Health Educator Program are now live. The deadline to apply is April 16 at 5 p.m.  To fill out the application click on the link inside the program description, by clicking here.

Who do I call if I have questions or need more information?

Contact Reva Wittenberg at reva.wittenberg@csus.edu or 916-278-2036.

Feel free to contact any of the Health Education Department Program Managers at 278-5422.

For medical or psychiatric emergencies, please call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest hospital.

Wellness Resources

Wellness Resources


Active Minds






Other Drugs



Healthy Relationships








Violence & Sexual Assault Support Services

Violence & Sexual Assault Support Services

The Sacramento State Violence and Sexual Assault Services Program, a component of Student Health and Counseling Services, is dedicated to reducing the incidence of sexual assault, domestic/intimate partner violence and stalking in the campus community. We work to increase campus safety, to broaden public awareness about the nature of sexual assault, domestic/intimate partner violence and stalking, its impact on men and women, and to mitigate the trauma of the victim/survivor. Our philosophy is that through education we can greatly reduce these forms of violence.

All intervention services are free and available to any Sac State student.  Services are available to any person who needs them regardless of gender, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, disability or religion.  Confidentiality is always respected. 

We provide a wide variety of programs and services designed to reduce trauma and to inform the University community about the resources available for dealing with sexual assault, domestic/intimate partner violence, stalking and their aftermath. Our educational programs, tailored to meet the needs of individual audiences, include films, discussion groups, lectures, role-plays, and communication exercises. We provide educational programs to many campus and community groups, including residence halls, sororities, fraternities, staff, athletic teams, student clubs and academic courses. 

Our program recognizes the impact that sexual assault, domestic/intimate partner violence and stalking have on the campus environment. We work to prevent and respond to incidents by collaborating with community services and other campus departments including WEAVE, My Sister’s House, the Sac State Women's Resource Center, the Sac State Pride Center, Student Housing, Student Judicial Affairs, Sac State Police Department, Employment Equity and Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS).

For more information on confidential resources at Sac State call (916) 278-7358.

For the confidential Weave 24/7 advocacy line, call (916) 920-2952.

To file a complaint concerning harassment, sexual assault/dating violence, or stalking please visit the Office of Human Resources Equal Opportunity Page.


Reviewing your options
Many times if someone is a victim of a crime, they are confused about their options for reporting the crime, as well as what the pros and cons of reporting may be. Our advocate can discuss these options with you and assist you in making a decision that is best for you.

Assist in reporting the crime
If you want to report the crime to law enforcement, whether on campus or off campus, the advocate can accompany you during that process.

Be respectful of the survivor’s decisions.
Often a survivor will not want to report the assault to the police. While you may not always agree with these types of decisions, respecting and supporting the survivor is very empowering. Supporting a survivor in this way enables him/her to feel in control of his/her life, a feeling that was taken away during the assault.

Assist in reporting to Student Affairs if the perpetrator is a student
You have the right to feel safe on campus, and harming another student is strictly against University policy. There are procedures that we can assist with though the Office of Student Conduct to ensure your safety.

Academic intervention
If you need academic intervention, we may be able to facilitate that so that you will experience minimal loss in academic standing.

Assist in obtaining counseling
After an assault, counseling is often a good idea. Our advocate can refer you for services and even accompany you to your first session if you would like.

Assist in obtaining legal help
We can help you obtain restraining orders, file Victim’s Compensation forms, and accompany you to detective interviews, district attorney interviews, and even court proceedings.

Assist in obtaining medical care
Even if you do not report the crime to law enforcement, you will need medical care. We can assist in obtaining that medical care for your health and well-being.

Sexual Assault

What is sexual assault?
Sexual assault is any sexual act against a person’s will and/or without their complete knowledge and consent.  It is important to recognize that sexual assault is NEVER THE VICTIM’S FAULT! If you or a friend is a victim of sexual assault, it is important that you get help.

Our University has several policies regarding harassment and sexual assault:

Implementation of Title IX, VAWA/Campus SaVE Act, and Related Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harrassment and Sexual Violence Legislation — Executive Order 1095.

Student Conduct Procedures — Executive Order 1098

Systemwide Policy Prohibiting Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation Against Students and Systemwide Procedure for Handling Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation Complaints by Students — Executive Order 1097

  • Your immediate safety is first. Try to go to a safe place.
  • Reach out for support. You deserve it.
  • Call the campus victim advocate (916) 278-3799 or WEAVE at (916) 920-2952
  • Call someone you trust, like a friend or a member of your family.
  • Get medical attention as soon as possible. Your local rape crisis center can assist you with finding options. Medical care is important, in case you are injured and to protect against sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy.
  • Reporting to the police is your choice. If you decide not to go to the police right away, write down everything you remember about what happened and save it in case you change your mind.
  • You can report the incident to the campus Title IX office located in the Office of Education Equity regardless of whether you make a police report or not.  To report an incidence of domestic/dating violence, sexual assault/harassment, or stalking please visit HR Equal Opportunity Page.

Important Ways Family and Friends Can Help

  • Be clear that the rape or assault was not the survivor’s fault.
  • No one ever asks to be raped or assaulted. Raping someone is a conscious decision made by the perpetrator. Even if the survivor exercises bad judgment, he/she did not deserve to be raped; no one does.
  • Believe the survivor.
  • Feeling that he/she is believed by family and friends is essential for a rape survivor’s recovery. He/she has to overcome many obstacles to be able to speak out about what has happened. Allow the survivor to know you are open to hearing about his/her feelings and experiences. Although it may be painful for you to hear about what happened, letting the survivor know you are willing to enter those difficult places with her is important.
  • Do not question or judge what the survivor had to do to survive.
  • During a rape/sexual assault, victims are forced to make instant life threatening decisions. These decisions should not be criticized later. Survivors may not always scream or fight back. Their survival is evidence that they handled the assault the best way they could. Expressing to the survivor that you are thankful that he/she is alive enables his/her to feel more secure about her judgments.
  • Be respectful of the survivor’s decisions.
  • Often a survivor will not want to report the assault to the police. While you may not always agree with these types of decisions, respecting and supporting the survivor is very empowering. Supporting a survivor in this way enables him/her to feel in control of his/her life, a feeling that was taken away during the assault.
  • Validate and protect the survivor’s feelings: anger, pain, and fear.
  • These are natural responses to traumatic experiences. The survivor needs to express them, feel them, and be heard. Protecting the survivor’s confidentiality or anonymity is an important step in gaining his/her trust.
  • Express your compassion.
  • If you are feeling outrage, compassion, or pain, share these emotions with the survivor. There is nothing more comforting than genuine human response. Be cautious, however, that your responses are not too overwhelming for the survivor. Often family and friends of survivors feel compelled to “go after” the perpetrator. These feelings are very real and very understandable. However, they can be channeled in more non-violent ways.
  • Encourage the survivor to get support.
  • In addition to offering your own caring, encourage him/her to reach out to others. You can help find someone with whom she can talk. (Rape crisis centers have sexual assault/rape counselors.) Similarly, you may have many feelings about the rape/assault. Consider getting support for yourself, too. You will need to take care of yourself in order to be supportive of the survivor.
  • Get help if the survivor is suicidal.
  • Most survivors are not suicidal, but sometimes the emotional pain of the assault/rape is so devastating that they may want to kill themselves. If you are close to a survivor who is suicidal, get immediate help for him/her.
  • Resist seeing the survivor as a victim.
  • Continue to see the person as a strong, courageous individual who is reclaiming his/her own life.
  • Accept that there may be changes in your relationship with the survivor.
  • The person you love is changing, and you may need to change in response. Patience on your part is crucial to his/her healing process. Healing is a slow process that cannot be hurried.
  • Educate yourself about sexual assault/rape and the healing process.
  • If you have a basic idea of what the survivor has experienced, it will help you be supportive. Talking with other survivors, supporters of survivors, and/or utilizing services designed to help survivors will help you gain knowledge.
  • Seek counseling for yourself. You are also a victim in some ways. The ripple effect of sexual assault extends to family members, friends, and even coworkers. Contact our sexual assault advocate for referrals regarding counseling.

Intimate Partner Violence

What is intimate partner violence?

Intimate partner violence, otherwise known as domestic violence, is a crime in California. It can take many forms including physical, verbal, and sexual abuse. Intimate partner violence affects at least one out of every four American families.  Women ages 16 - 24 experience the highest per capita rates of intimate partner violence

You may be a victim of intimate partner violence, if you ...

  1. Are frightened by your partner’s temper
  2. Apologize to other people for your partner’s behavior
  3. Have been hit, kicked or shoved by your partner
  4. Go along with your partner’s wishes because you are afraid they will get mad
  5. Don’t see friends or relatives because your partner told you not to
  6. Think it is your fault when your partner treats you badly or hurts you
  7. Have excessive calls or texts from your partner wanting to know your whereabouts at all times
  8. Alter the way you act, dress, or socialize because of your partner’s excessive jealousy
  9. Are unable to use birth control because your partner won’t let you

There is help available!

If you are a member of Sac State, you can contact our victim’s advocate for information, referrals and support. Confidentiality is respected. You can also contact these community organizations:

What to do if a friend is in an intimate partner violent relationship?

Many of us know, or think we might know, a person who is in an abusive relationship. But we can always come up with reasons to ignore our discomfort and hope the problem will solve itself. Here are some common reasons why people don’t break the silence on intimate partner violence:

  • “I might get hurt…or make this worse for the victim.”
  • You do not need to physically intervene. And the only thing that can make this worse for the victim is for their torment to be ignored by those of us in a position to support them.
  • “If she/he wants to stay in such a lousy situation, that’s his/her problem.”
  • Victims are trapped in intimate partner violence by a number of factors: deep fear, lack of financial support, love, loyalty, cultural and family values, and the depression and hopelessness that constant abuse can cause. Also, victims know that abuse doesn’t stop just because they leave. In fact, the danger increases for many victims when they do leave. Imagining that a person is free to leave any time absolves us, but does not help them. Nobody can make the personal and painful decisions for them, but you can be there to support them.
  • “Poking my nose in will cost me their friendship…and they don’t seem to want to talk about it.”
  • Intimate partner violence could cost your friend their life. Talking about their situation isn’t easy for either of you. They may fee shame and guilt, so you need to be tactful, open, and non-judgmental. They may not respond the first time. They has to decide what’s safe and can’t be rushed in to action. If they hear your open-ended offer to put them in contact with an intimate partner violence hotline when they choose, they’ll feel safe coming back to you.

Here is an example of what to say.

It doesn’t sound very dramatic, but it can make a dramatic difference: “I’m concerned about you. Are you okay? Do you want to talk to me about it? ... It’s not your fault. You didn’t deserve it ... I understand ... I’m not going to share this with anyone else. I’m not going to tell you what to do. What you do is fine with me. You know, there’s a number to call to find out more about this. Do you want to call them now? Shall I give you the number? ... That’s okay. Just know that I have the number, if you ever want it. I do care.

Are there things NOT to say?

It doesn’t help to start planning a rescue or escape. Ask, rather than tell them what YOU think is going on. And don’t start criticizing their partner, however much you may feel they deserve it. (The best way to show you are on their side is by staying out of the business of the relationship itself. If they were able to confront their abuser and leave, they would already have done it.) The idea is to gently break through the isolation they are living in and offer a bridge they can use when they choose to.


Stalking is a series of acts by another person that harasses you (for example repeated phone calls or repeated incidents of following you) and makes you fear for your safety. In California, it is a crime. Cyber stalking is a relatively newer form of harassment. This includes excessive emails or other electronic communications conveying threats.

  1. Approximately 30% of college women report being victims of stalking
  2. 81% of women who are stalked by a current or former boyfriend or husband were also physically assaulted by that partner
  3. The average stalking case lasts 1.8 years

It is very important that you DO NOT make arrangements to meet the stalker!

Do not try to “talk sense” into them. Save all evidence (i.e. emails, voice messages, texts, unused gifts) and present it to the police department. If you think you are a victim of stalking, please contact our office to speak with our victim’s advocate. We can assist you with police reports and restraining orders if necessary, as well as help you obtain psychological counseling services.


Sac State Victim Advocate (916) 278-3799
University Police (916) 278-6851
Housing and Residential Life (916) 278-6655
Student Health & Counseling Services (916) 278-6461
Office of Student Conduct (916) 278-6060
Office of Equal Opportunity (916) 278-5770
WEAVE’S 24 Hour Crisis Line (916) 920-2952
My Sister’s House 24 Hour Crisis Line (916) 428-3271
Empower Yolo (530) 662-1133


Title IX


Campus Title IX Program

For medical or psychiatric emergencies, please call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest hospital.

Nutrition Services

Nutrition Services

Nutrition services offered at Student Health and Counseling Services include individual counseling and group classes.  Among the services provided are:

Quick Links

Request a nutrition presentation

Call to schedule a diet analysis with a PHE

Event Calendar

Make an appointment with our dietitian

Contact a Health Educator

  • Individual Nutrition Counseling
  • Diet Analysis
  • WIN (Healthy Eating Program) 
  • Cooking Demonstrations
  • Interactive Educational Presentations
  • Information and Resources on Healthy Eating
  • Individual Nutrition Counseling

    Nutrition consultations include nutritional assessment, counseling, education and follow up (if needed) with a registered dietitian.  Nutrition counseling is available for a variety of nutrition related health issues:

    • Eating Disorders
    • Diabetes
    • Digestive Problems
    • Food Allergies or Intolerance's
    • Healthy Eating and Meal Planning
    • High Blood Pressure
    • High Cholesterol/Triglycerides
    • Sports Nutrition
    • Vegetarian/Vegan Diets
    • Weight Management
    • Other Nutrition Concerns
    How to Make an Appointment
    • Call Health and Wellness Promotion at 916-278-5422.
    • In-person by visiting Health and Wellness Promotion or Urgent Care on the first floor of The WELL.
    • Make an appointment through Patient Portal.
    • Ask your Student Health and Counseling Services provider for a referral.
    Contact Information
    • Health and Wellness Promotion - 916-278-5422
  • Diet Analysis

    Diet analysis appointments are available for students who are interested in evaluating or improving their diets.  A diet analysis will help you:

    • Assess, monitor and modify your diet as needed
    • Ensure your nutritional needs are being met
    • Optimize your diet to enhance your personal health goals
    • Evaluate your meal planning

    All diet analysis appointments include a one-on-one meeting with a trained peer health educator.  They will help you navigate your diet analysis results and answer any general questions you might have.  You will also receive educational resources on nutrition and healthy eating and referrals to professional staff as needed.

    Diet analysis forms can be picked up in the Health & Wellness Promotion office on the first floor of The Well (Room 1011); or print forms from the link below.  Completed forms should be returned to the Health & Wellness Promotion office between noon and 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday.  Forms may also be returned to the Urgent Care Reception when the Health & Wellness Promotion office is closed.  An appointment will be scheduled when completed forms are submitted.

    If you are a faculty member interested in using diet analysis as part of your class, please contact Jennifer Campbell, Registered Dietitian at 916-278-5422.


  • WIN Program (Well Into Nutrition)

    WIN is a 4-week healthy lifestyle program offered every spring semester. Our professional staff and Peer Health Educators assist in making healthy changes to your life; giving you the skill set to succeed. 

    • Nutrition assessment with a registered dietitian and Nutrition Peer Health Educators
    • Wellness Booklet with lots of eating tips and recipe resources.
    • Cooking demonstrations
    • Weekly meetings with trained peer health educators to learn more about:
      • Dining Out Tips
      • Budget Meal Planning
      • Mindful and Intuitive Eating
    • Nutrition goal setting
    • Incentives for participation

    How to sign up:

    • Recruitment begins in January.  If interested, please leave your name and contact information with us.  We will contact you to discuss program details and eligibility.
    • If you're interested in participating:
    • Or, call 916-278-5422 or stop by Health and Wellness Promotion inside The Well on the first floor.
  • Cooking Demonstrations

    Join us and learn how to cook food that is healthy, delicious and easy to prepare.  Our classes are designed with the busy college student in mind and cover a wide variety of cooking styles.

    We offer free cooking demonstrations for students during Fall and Spring semesters.  View our upcoming schedule here

    You may also request a cooking demo for your Sacramento State class or student organization. A maximum of 25 students may attend. See Interactive Educational Presentations for details on how to request a cooking demonstrations for your student group.

    All cooking demonstrations take place in The Cove on the first floor of The WELL. Each participant receives a taste sample of the recipes and receive copies of the recipes to take home to practice on their own. Class size is limited – stop by Health and Wellness Promotion, Room 1011, located on the first floor of the WELL or call 916-278-5422 to reserve a space!

  • Interactive Educational Presentations

    Nutrition presentations are available upon request and include a wide variety of topics.  Click here to request a presentation.

    • Cooking Demonstrations (max 25)
    • Fresh Ideas for Eating in College

For medical or psychiatric emergencies, please call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest hospital.

Active Minds

Active Minds

Our Mission:  The Sacramento State Active Minds Chapter strives to educate the campus community about mental health and emotional wellness issues (such as depression, anxiety, stress management, eating disorders, body image and suicide prevention), all in an effort to reduce the stigma associated with mental health issues and treatment. Services are offered by Peer Health Educators with a focus on providing outreach, promoting awareness campaigns, interactive workshops, and presentations to the Sacramento State community under the direct supervision of the Sacramento State Student Health and Counseling Services staff.


Written by Sac State students and performed by Sac State students, this inaugural event will showcase diverse stories of success, failure, hope, dreams, resiliency, and the reality of living with or experiencing mental health disorders.

There are different ways to be involved:

Whether you have a story to tell, want to help someone else tell their story, or come to the event to support others, we need you!

Once applications are closed (3/12 @ 5pm), stories & reader applications will be screened and selected, and you will be contacted.  Email Rebecca Mejia at mejia5@csus.edu if you have any questions!


Quick Links

Schedule a mental health presentation

Jobs and Internships

Event Calendar





If you have any questions or would like to schedule a presentation please call Health and Wellness Promotion at 916-278-5422.


To schedule a presentation, Click here to complete the request form.


Past Events and Programs:

Send Silence Packing



Jennifer Burton, MS, CHES, Health Educator, jennifer.burton@csus.edu

Katelyn Sandoval, M.S., MFTI, Counselor/Intake Specialist sandovalk@csus.edu

Check it out:

For medical or psychiatric emergencies, please call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest hospital.

Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs

Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs

Quick Links

Schedule an alcohol, tobacco, & drugs presentation

Jobs and Internships

Event Calendar

Contact a Health Educator

The Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Education Program works to reduce the harm associated with high risk drinking, tobacco and drug use through education, collaboration, student leadership development, and provision of resources to support and encourage healthy choices.


  • Party Safer Tips
    • Always eat before and while you drink.
    • Use the buddy system.
    • Plan a Safe Ride home. http://www.asi.csus.edu/programs/safe-rides/
    • Pace and space your drinks
    • Avoid mixing alcohol and other drugs
    • Use caution when sick or tired
  • Tobacco

    Sac State Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS) is committed to helping students make healthy lifestyle choices. SHCS offers the following tobacco cessation resources for students wanting to quit smoking. Click here to take the stop smoking quiz. 

     For Students

    Quit Kit
    To receive your free quit kit, schedule an appointment with Student Health and Counseling Services located in the WELL. To schedule an appointment, call 916.278.6026.
    Student Health and Counseling Services Pharmacy provides Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) products such as patches and gum.
    Physician Appointment
    Your doctor or pharmacist can talk to you about other options, including prescription medications that can help you quit.


    For Staff and Faculty

    Student Health and Counseling Services Pharmacy offers low cost over-the-counter NRT products.


    For more information, frequently asked questions, or additional resources, click here.


  • Alcohol and Marijuana Education Seminars

    To enroll in CHOICES or WEED IT OUT, please call Student Health & Counseling Services, Health & Wellness Promotion at (916) 278-5422.
    To schedule an Alcohol/Drug Assessment students will need to call (916) 278-6461 or visit Student Health and Counseling Services Primary Care Desk (second floor of the WELL). You will need to arrive 15 minutes early to the scheduled seminars.


    CHOICES is an educational course focusing on harm reduction and prevention of alcohol abuse. The CHOICES course is peer-facilitated. The CHOICES program is presented in a non-confrontational manner that enables students to make their own decisions about alcohol consumption. *Students attending CHOICES are encouraged to complete the online e-CHUG assessment prior to class and bring their certificate of competition with them. Click here for e-CHUG instructions.


    WEED IT OUT is an educational course focusing on harm reduction and prevention of marijuana abuse.  The WEED IT OUT course is peer facilitated. The WEED IT OUT program is presented in a non-confrontational manner that enables students to make their own decisions about marijuana consumption.Weed It Out


    *Students attending WEED IT OUT are encouraged to complete the online e-TOKE assessment prior to class and bring their certificate of competition with them. Click here for e-TOKE instructions. 

    For questions or concerns contact Lara Falkenstein, Health Educator at Lara.Falkenstein@csus.edu or (916) 278-6026.

  • Aware Awake Alive - Alcohol Poisoning Program

    This campus-wide campaign educates students about the signs and symptoms of alcohol poisoning and what to do in the event of such an emergency. If you suspect that someone has alcohol poisoning, even if you don’t see the classic signs and symptoms, seek immediate medical care. In an emergency, follow these suggestions:

    What To Do

    • Call 911 immediately if a person is suffering from any of the symptoms
    • Turn the person on his/her side.
    • Focus on your friend’s health, not on keeping them or you out of trouble
    • Never leave them alone

    What NOT to Do

    • Leave the person alone or assume that they will “sleep it off”.
    • Give the person a shower.
    • Give the person food or anything to drink (especially stimulants such as tea or coffee) to sober them up.
    • Induce vomiting.
    • Keep the person awake.
    • Walk them around.
    • Never let an intoxicated person drive a motor vehicle or bike.

    Signs and Symptoms of alcohol poisoning. 


    To learn more about Aware Awake Alive, visit http://awareawakealive.org/

  • Generation Rx

    College students are often at risk for prescription drug abuse. Using medications like Vicodin, Xanax or Adderall that aren’t prescribed for you is against the law, can have serious health consequences and can be addicting. It is important to only use prescription medications as prescribed for you by a health professional. Prescription medications can help us live longer and healthier lives – but only if they are used properly under medical supervision.

    Generation Rx provides educational resources to help prevent the misuse of prescription medications and is provided through The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy and the Cardinal Health Foundation. To learn more about Generation Rx, visit http://www.generationrx.org/

  • eCheckup

    The eCHECKUP TO GO was developed by San Diego State University and is currently used by over 600 campuses. This tool is free to Sac State students with no limit on how many times the assessment can be taken, allowing for students to track their alcohol use over a period of time. 

    Alcohol eCHECKUP TO GO (eCHUG)

    Alcohol eCHECKUP TO GO is a brief, confidential, interactive assessment tool that provides students with individualized feedback regarding their alcohol use, and helps them identify their risk of harm associated with that use.

    Click Here for Instructions

    Click here for Alcohol eCheck Up

    Marijuana eCHECKUP TO GO is a brief, confidential, interactive assessment tool that provides students with individualized feedback regarding their marijuana use, and helps them identify their risk of harm associated with that use.

    Click Here for Instructions

    Click here for Marijuana eCheck Up

  • Jesse Snow Grant

    Jesse Snow, a 20-year-old Sac State student, was fatally injured in October 2001, following an evening of drinking at a local restaurant. At the request of parents, Patricia Metzger-Snow and Stephen Snow, the restaurant has made a $50,000 donation available to Sac State.

    The Jesse Snow Memorial Grant Funds are available for student organization and campus departments during fall and spring semester. For more information, visit https://shcssacstate.org/wellness-promotion/jesse-snow-grant

    For more information, please contact Reva Wittenberg at reva.wittenberg@csus.edu or (916) 278-2036.


  • Resources


    ·         Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Program, 916-278-6026

    ·         Counseling & Psychological Services, 916-278-6461

    ·         Police Department, 916-278-6000 or http://www.csus.edu/aba/police/

    ·         Safe Rides, 916-278-TAXI or http://www.asi.csus.edu/programs/safe-rides/



    ·         Alcoholics Anonymous, 916-454-1100 , http://www.aasacramento.org/

    ·         Northern California Region of Narcotics Anonymous, 707-422-9234, http://www.norcalna.org/

    ·         Marijuana Anonymous, https://www.marijuana-anonymous.org/

    ·         Pills Anonymous, http://www.pillsanonymous.org/

    ·         California Smokers’ Helpline, 1-800-No-BUTTS, http://www.nobutts.org/

    ·         Harm Reduction Services, 916-456-4849, http://harmreductionservices.org


For medical or psychiatric emergencies, please call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest hospital.

Events & Presentations

Events & Presentations


Student Health & Counseling, Health & Wellness Promotion Department offers a wide variety of educational presentations from the Alcohol & Violence, Active Minds, Nutrition, and Sexuality & Reproductive Health Programs.

  • Active Minds
    • Stigma Fighter 101: This presentation teaches students about mental health among college students including anxiety, depression and stress. Peer-led discussion also reviews how to help a friend and campus resources.
      • By the end of the presentation, students will be able to:

        • Recognize signs and symptoms of common mental health conditions
        • Discuss mental health stigma
        • List at least 2 common stressors that impact mental health
        • Identify resources available on campus to help a friend or themselves pertaining to mental health


    • Stress Less, Worry Less: Learn simple techniques to manage stress that college students face including balancing family obligations, academic work and friends in a healthy manner. Participants will also determine their own personal "Stress Style."
      • By the end of the presentation, students will be able to: 

        • Describe the difference between eustress and chronic/negative stress
        • Recognize the effect of negative stress on overall health and well-being
        • List at least 3 self-care and stress management techniques
        • Identify resources available on campus pertaining to stress management
  • Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs
    • Party Safer - A discussion-based presentation focused on college alcohol consumption, the effects of alcohol, and how to drink responsibly at social events.
      • By the end of the presentation, students will: 

        • Know the different effects alcohol has on the brain and body
        • Understand what BAC is and the factors that affect it.
        • Be able to list at least two safe drinking practices
        • Be able to list at least two signs of alcohol poisoning 
  • Nutrition
    • Fresh Ideas for Eating While in College - An interactive presentation to help navigate eating at restaurants and fast food, tips for reading food labels, and healthy meal planning for students with a busy schedule and tight budget.
      • By the end of the presentation, students will:

        • Be able to identify healthier options on a restaurant menu
        • Learn basic skills on how to plan and prepare meals to bring on campus
        • Know how to read food labels
        • Know at least one resource to help with food insecurity
    • Cooking Demonstrations - For groups of 20 or less. Not sure what to cook? Don’t have time? Have limited cooking skills? Learn how to prepare quick and tasty, budget-friendly recipes. Participants get to sample each recipe and receive copies of the recipes to take home to practice on their own.
      • By the end of the presentation, students will:

        • At least one technique to prep and cook healthy recipes
        • At least one nutrition fact about a food
  • Healthy Relationships
    • Netflix and Chill“Netflix and Chill” is a discussion-based presentation focused on consent, safer sex practices, contraceptives, and sexually transmitted infections.
      • ​By the end of the presentation, students will be able to:​
        • List at least two safer sex practices
        • Recognize signs and symptoms for common sexually transmitted infections
        • Describe at least two different barrier methods for safer sex practices
        • Identify campus resources for sexuality and reproductive health concerns


    • Matters of the Heart Matters of the Heart” is an interactive presentation focused on the components of healthy relationships, including discussions about real life college scenarios with roommates, parents, friends and dating. 
      • ​By the end of the presentation, students will be able to:​​
        • Identify at least three characteristics of a healthy relationship
        • List at least two warning signs of an unhealthy relationship
        • Identify relationship support resources available on campus 


    • Hornets Help: An interactive presentation to help students recognize warning signs of sexual assault and dating violence, understand the power of active bystanders in preventing violence, and intervene safely.
      • By the end of the presentation, students will be able to:

        • Identify warning signs of potential sexual assault, dating/domestic violence
        • Demonstrate at least two bystander intervention techniques for a sexual assault or dating/domestic violence situation
        • Identify resources available on campus relating to sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, and stalking
    • 7 Dimensions of Wellness:  Students will have a general understanding of the 7 Dimensions of Wellness (Physical, Emotional, Socio-Cultural, Intellectual, Financial, Environmental, and Spiritual) and how these can be used to increase their overall well-being.
      • By the end of the presentation, students will: 

        • Be able to describe the seven dimensions of wellness
        • Be able to list at least one positive behavior for each dimension
        • Set three goals to support personal wellbeing
        • Identify campus resources related to wellness 

 Please complete this form to request a presentation.

We will get back to you within five business days. For questions about a presentation please email Reva Wittenberg at reva.wittenberg@csus.edu.