Student Wellness
Student Wellness

Campus Health and Wellness Data

Student Health and Wellness Annual Report

Student Health and Wellness unit annual report and impact statement 2019-2020.

Annual Report FY20

National College Health Assessment

The American College Health Association-National College Health Assessment (ACHA-NCHA)is a nationally recognized research survey that assists universities in collecting precise data about students’ health habits, behaviors, and perceptions. 

Health and wellness are a vital part of the campus community at the Iowa State University. Student Wellness, along with other campus partners, is continuously looking for new ways to reach the student population with ever changing, important health and wellness information and services. Formalized and systematic assessment helps us examine the effectiveness of our health promotion, prevention and intervention efforts. Student Wellness administers the NCHA for students at ISU.

Students who are fulltime, undergraduate or graduate students between the ages of 18 and 30 are randomly selected as possible participants in this study. Participation is strictly voluntary. Those who agree to participate are informed that they are free to withdraw at any point throughout the duration of the experiment without penalty or loss of benefit.

ISU data is included in the American College Health Association yearly data report publication; however, disclosure of particular data is never linked back to the institution. ISU is able to make data comparisons from year to year between the current NCHA study and future NCHA studies for the purpose of monitoring changes in the health status and practices of our student body, making programmatic changes, and assessing preventative and treatment-related initiatives.

Past ISU data results are available in PDF format by clicking on the following link:


Healthy Minds Study

The Healthy Minds Study (HMS) provides a detailed picture of mental health and related issues in college student populations.
Schools typically use their data for some combination of the following purposes: to identify needs and priorities;
benchmark against peer institutions; evaluate programs and policies; plan for services and programs; and advocate for
resources. (Taken from University of Michigan).

Iowa State University Report (2019)

Executive Summary (2019)

Food Insecurity Data

The US Household Food Security Scale (HFSS) is the ‘gold standard’ in assessment and identification of food security. The Hunger Vital Sign is based on two questions from the HFSS. Iowa State University has included the two questions from the Hunger Vital Sign Scale on both the Healthy Minds Study and National College Health Assessment. The implementation of HMS and NCHA were to a random sample of students at ISU. Below is a summary of the results.

Food Insecurity Data from HMS Implementation

Food Insecurity Data from NCHA Implementation

First Year Student Alcohol Use Data (Everfi)

Every Summer, incoming first year students take AlcoholEdu for College, an online alcohol education course. As part of that course, students complete two surveys on their substance use behaviors, knowledge, and attitudes. Below is a report of data.

Healthy Campus

As we utilize our data to improve the campus culture of health and wellness for ISU students, it is also important that we benchmark and determine priority initiatives in alignment with the Healthy Campus 2020 Student Objectives.