Written by Pam Golub, APRN, WHNP-BC and Tonya Cochran, R.N., B.S.N., R.D.C.S., C.E.S.
Texas A&M University is one of the few campuses that recognizes the importance of wellness. The Division of Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness has partnered with Living WELL Aware to create and implement an official employee health/wellness program. Dr. Patricia Sulak, founder of the program, provides the 11 essential elements to Health and Happiness, and SHS employees seek to implement these elements into their daily lives. Many employees at Student Health Services have been active participants in the program and are eager to share their knowledge and be role models to students at Texas A&M.
It has been shown that if you are not well and healthy you cannot do well at work, home, or in your academics. Student Health Services has always been an advocate for students to “Stay Well Do Well” and as Dr. Sulak’s first essential element, “Know Your Numbers” is the beginning to healthy living. As we leave February, known for heart month, it is never too late for screening. Knowing your baseline blood pressure, heart rate, ideal body weight, cholesterol levels and blood glucose is an important start. You also need to know your family history that could lead to risk factors for high blood pressure, heart disease, and cancer. Keeping immunizations up to date and getting a yearly flu vaccine help reduce your risk of illness.
Take control of your health and ultimately discover true fulfillment in life. Student Health Services has over 20 excellent medical staff that can assist you when you are ill as well as helping you to achieve your optimal health goals. Our mission is to advance student development and academic success by providing personalized and evidence-based healthcare to Aggies.