Health Promotion, Prevention and Well-Being

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Understand how Health Promotion and Prevention (HPP) can assist you.

The Department of Health Promotion and Prevention utilizes a public health approach with a focus on the impact of the environment on healthy communities. Through a continuum of education and prevention efforts, we provide programs and resources related to alcohol and drugs, nutrition, physical activity, sleep, stress management among others. We support early intervention, access to services, and promoting a culture of recovery and healthy life choices for all. 

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Want to learn how to lower stress, improve sleep and other stressors in life? Learn more about Tufts Mindfulness and Resilience Collaborative programs offered at Tufts.

Tufts Mindfulness and Resilience Collaborative to help reduce the stress in students’ lives.  

In recovery from a substance abuse or concerned about someone? Learn more about programs and support for Substance Use Recovery, Awareness and Prevention

Recovery resources at Tufts. We understand the unique challenges that students in recovery face in the college environment. Tufts is committed to helping students in recovery through a network of supports and resources throughout campus and in the local community. We strive to create a nurturing and supportive environment where students in recovery are empowered to achieve, personal, academic, and professional goals.

New England Collegiate Recovery Network. The New England Collegiate Recovery Collaborative is a group of higher education professions supporting each other to advance recovery on our campuses. The Collaborative formed in the summer of 2016 and has continued to meet.

Need help with your Nutrition, Fitness and Sleep? Find programs that help improve these areas.

Learn about Healthy Habits. Here are tips to help you with sleep, nutrition, and fitness. Learn more about Sleep.

Are you, or someone you know, diabetic? Find Diabetes Resources and support at Tufts. Get involved with meeting other diabetic students.

We know being diabetic has its challenges. Being in college can increase these challenges. Learn about Diabetes Resources at Tufts.

Want to get involved in improving the health of the Tufts community? Tufts Peer Health Collaborative is a group of student organizations that work toward improving the health of the Tufts Community. Find out how to get involved.

Learn about the Tufts Peer Health Collaborative.

Need resources or printed materials for a program or bulletin board? Check out these free, printable resources.

Learn more about materials offered.

Need the facts for a paper or research project? HPP offers various health Data and Evaluations about Tufts students. HPP can also help with your research project.

Learn more about Data and Evaluations.

HPP has opportunities for you to get involved with the program. Both undergraduate and graduate Internships, Work-study, ALE, Senior Honors Thesis

Learn how to work with Health Promotion and Prevention.

Need materials for an upcoming program? HPP offers materials for RAs, Student Groups. If you don't see what you need, we'll create it for you.

Material for RAs.

Be part of the Herd. Tufts Healthy Herd offers current Tufts information through Tik Tok, Instagram, and other materials. Keep up with health information that you can use. 

Tufts Healthy Herd: We are committed to making Tufts a safe and healthy place for students! Email for info. Affiliated with @tufts university

Tufts Health Promotion and Prevention mindfulness initiative to help reduce the stress in students’ lives.

The initiative was organized in partnership with Counseling and Mental Health Services, the University Chaplaincy, the Office of Residential Life and Learning and Cambridge Health Alliance. Read the Director of Health Promotion and Prevention Ian Wong's interview with The Tufts Daily on campus efforts to lower students' stress.

Health Promotion and Prevention offers resources for students in substance abuse recovery

Many students entering college experience a degree of excitement, anxiety and uncertainty. For students recovering from substance abuse, however, there is an added concern regarding how to sustain their recovery on a college campus. Read the Director of Health Promotion and Prevention Ian Wong's interview with The Tufts Daily on campus efforts to support students in substance abuse recovery.

Give It a Try

"Give It a Try" is Health Promotion and Prevention's Social Norms Campaign to encourage students to take control of their health.

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Data-Informed Approach 

The Department of Health Promotion and Prevention uses data to inform our work and target our health initiatives most effectively. 

First Year, First Week 

The First Year, First Week (FYFW) survey was created at Tufts University in 2004.  This survey -- the only one of its kind -- measures students’ alcohol use and the impact of their use during the first week of college.  The data is used to create programs for non-alcohol users, develop Pre-Orientation and Orientation programs and train student leaders. The historic data trends are used to evaluate programs and show the effectiveness in our efforts to reduce rates of first years drinking in fraternities and with upperclassmen.

This data provides us with a profile of alcohol related behaviors, attitudes, and perceptions of the incoming class.

American College Health Association-National College Health Assessment 

The NCHA was developed in 1998 by the ACHA-NCHA Work Group, reviewing several established instruments as a foundation for survey development.  Tufts has implemented NCHA every other year since 2009.  The results of the NCHA are used to help generate prevalence rates of students' behaviors and perceptions. Having these data helps Tufts to plan programs, prioritize campus needs, allocate resources, design strategies for intervention, and identify protective and risk factors associated with academic performance, and measure progress on the National Health Objectives from Healthy People.

On March 22nd, Tufts will be participating in the ACHA-National College Health Assessment (NCHA). This is a nationally recognized research survey that collects data on students’ health habits, behaviors, and perceptions. The data have informed the prioritization of student health resources, policies, and programs since 2009.

The most recent data were collected before the pandemic, in 2017. We recognize that the past year has been especially difficult for everyone. We want to hear from you to understand how to better support students during this time.

To participate, open the email “Help Create a Healthier Tufts” on 3/22 and click on the survey link. The survey takes approximately 20-30 minutes to complete, and all responses are anonymous. Participants can enter for a chance to win a $10 gift card to The Sink (50 winners).

For any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Ian Wong in the Department of Health Promotion and Prevention.

Alcohol and Drug Violation Data 

The Department of Health Promotion and Prevention tracks all Alcohol and Drug Policy violations. From this data, predictive models are created to determine times of the year or events of students’ high risk use of alcohol. Using this data, Tufts has implemented targeted programs resulting in a decrease of alcohol abuse. The data is presented to the Trustees of Tufts University each year by the President.

Contact Us for More Information on These Surveys

Training and Consultation

The Office of Health Promotion and Prevention is available to speak to student groups, staff, or faculty regarding a variety of topics including: alcohol/drugs, nutrition, and sleep.

Please contact our office to discuss needs for your group.