Self-Guided Wellbeing Programs

We get it. College is hard and your schedules are busy! We know time and schedules can stand in the way to engaging in activities that support your wellbeing. To help – we created a series of self-guided programs that you can do on your time!

The programs are brief (15-60 minutes) and provide you will skills and strategies in a number of different areas to help enhance your wellbeing! You can start and stop the programs as needed to fit them into your day!

Sleep

Sleep Well is self guided sleep program focused on enhancing student sleep through engaging in sleep hygiene behaviors.

Students are encouraged to use the evidence based “Insomnia Coach” app through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs during this program and the Therapy Assistance Online (TAO Mobile) app. Every week, students will watch brief sleep education videos, and focus on an action plan to improve their sleep habits.

Free Sleep Eye Masks are available for all students who enroll in the sleep well program. Stop by Student Wellness office (A37 Friley Hall) to get your free sleep mask.

Mental Health

At Risk for Mental Health – Students (Kognito) is an interactive, virtual role-play training to help students identify, approach, and refer students who may be in distress.  This is a skill building program to help you identify signs of distress, and how to help have conversations with a peer who may need help.

Cannabis Use

This online tool is a personalized, evidence-based, prevention intervention program based on your marijuana use. You will receive some personalized feedback and learn more about your cannabis use.

Nutrition/Joyful Eating

Joyful Eating Online Programs are self-guided, interactive programs for students to learn more about various topics like meal planning, grocery budgeting, intuitive eating, and more. Click on the link below to enroll in a program. You can do these on your own time.

Get Cooking

Four part self-guided course to enhance your cooking and basic food preparation skills!

Meal Planning and Grocery Budgeting

In this self-guided program, you will learn how to prepare meals for yourself on a budget, incorporate the foods you love, and creating well balanced meals. By the end of the program, you should be able to:

  • Explain how planning ahead can save time, money, prevent food waste and ensure a variety of food. 
  • Create a monthly food budget. 
  • List 3 items every kitchen needs. 
  • Identify and relate to 1 the 4 different types of meal planners.
  • List the recommended steps for meal planning and grocery shopping as well as identify 2 resources for cost effective, nutritious recipes. 
  • List 3 methods or recipes to use leftovers. 

Joyful Eating

We are excited to share Joyful Eating, our life- changing approach to food, nutrition, and body image. This course will provide you with an understanding of Joyful Eating and how to incorporate its principles into your life. By the end of this program, you should be able to: 

  • Define ‘Diet Culture’ and how it impacts the way we view food and our bodies.
  • Define ‘Intuitive Eating’.
  • Explain why Student Wellness uses the term ‘Joyful Eating’ instead of ‘Nutrition’ or ‘Diet’.
  • Explore how the diet mentality can be harmful. 
  • Identify the ‘Food Police’. 
  • Describe why having flexible structure with food is important.
  • Identify signs of hunger and fullness.
  • Identify productive coping mechanisms and self-care.
  • Differentiate between exercise as punishment and joyful movement.
  • Describe how nutrition, health, and internal regulation generate authentic health. 

Most of the concepts in this course come from The Intuitive Eating Workbook by Evenlyn Tribole and Elyse Resch, The Intuitive Eating Workbook for Teens by Elyse Resch, and pages 1-54 of Secrets of Feeding a Healthy Family by Ellyn Satter. You do not need to purchase any materials for this course, but if you were able to purchase one – we would recommend The Intuitive Eating Workbook by Evenlyn Tribole and Elyse Resch. A full list of resources is available in the next section of this Introduction module.

Course Logistics: We will be using videos, written documents and exercises/tools to teach this content. The course will primarily be taught by campus dietitians, with administrative support from interns. Please contact us at joyfuleating@iastate.edu if you have any questions or concerns.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Learn how to manage symptoms associated with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), a common diagnosis with a variety of uncomfortable symptoms including gas, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea.

Diabetes and Intuitive Eating

Learn how intuitive eating can help you manage your Type 2 Diabetes.

Health at Every Size

Learn how to live a fully present life, where weight is NOT an indication of health.