WELLWVU encourages West Virginia University students in November to adopt a chillWELL state of mind to reduce stress and optimize quality of life and performance.

chillWELL is a part of WELLWVU’s liveWELL campaign, in which social marketing and educational activities are paired up to address healthy lifestyle behaviors.

Stress was identified by WVU students as the leading impediment to academic performance on the National Collegiate Health Assessment II conducted in February. Since much of stress is determined by an individual’s perception, chillWELL activities are targeted at helping students see the world from a more positive point of view.

chillWELL activities have been developed to help students experience the world in a positive way. The month will launch at Wellness Day during Mountaineer Week on Tuesday (Nov. 1) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Mountainlair.

Activities include: The Gratitude Goggles Game, an interactive social media game played through SCVNGR, Facebook and Twitter; heartMath, a computer program that teaches students self-regulation techniques that improve nervous system function, emotional stability, and cognitive performance; lego calendar, a lego-based activity that teaches students time management skills and prioritization; “Just Dance” a Nintendo Wii dance game; coloring; finger painting; beading; and tea making.

Students will also have the opportunity to pick up a chillpack 30-day calendar with a chillWELL activity for each day of the month of November.

chillWELL continues through Dec. 16 with activities hosted in residence halls and other locations on campus.

To learn more about how to participate in chillWELL activities, like WELLWVU on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/WELLWVU) or request a program here: http://well.wvu.edu/wellness/request_program.

WELLWVU’s website has interactive games and articles related to stress management and chill “wellcasts,” for stress reduction at http://well.wvu.edu/stress_management. Each Monday, WELLWVU posts on MIX “Healthy Monday” video messages related the liveWELL. Watch for chillWELL messages through December.

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