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USD Health Survey Gives Voice to Students

Have you taken the USD Health Survey yet? You can take it today by looking for the "USD Health Survey" in your USD e-mail.

USD Student Wellness, an area on campus that works collaboratively with the USD community to support students and to help them achieve and maintain well-being, is administering the biennial USD Health Survey until Thanksgiving break.

By participating in this survey, also known as the National College Health Assessment (NCHA), undergraduate, graduate, and law students have an opportunity to provide an accurate portrayal of the health of students on campus and the health concerns that impact their academic success. The survey results are used to inform USD on how to better serve the community through programs and resources.

Questions on the survey relate to health topics such as body image, sexual assault, alcohol and other drugs, and stress. An example of a question you will see on the survey is, “Within the past 12 months, how would you rate the overall level of stress you have experienced?” The information gathered from the survey is confidential. The names and email addresses of students are not associated with the information students provide.

In 2010, when the USD Health Survey was last administered, USD gained insight into the fact that students wanted more education and resources on nutrition. Since that time, a campus-wide Nutrition Taskforce has worked towards adding more food labels throughout campus, creating a healthy dining menu, as well as providing educational classes on nutrition. According to Karey Jacques, Health Promotion Fellow in the Center for Health and Wellness Promotion, “Student tours of dining facilities have been a great way for students who have specific dietary restrictions or those who wish to better navigate their dining choices, to become better educated about dining on campus.”

The USD Health Survey is conducted through email. All students will be invited, via email, to take the survey that will take about 15 to 20 minutes to complete. Dr. Moises Baron, Assistant Vice President for Student Wellness, wants students to know that “at USD we are very interested in hearing from our students. We want to understand their concerns, the areas they want to learn more about and how we can best respond to their wellness needs. I want students to know that the time and effort they spend responding to survey will have a meaningful impact.”

The theme of the promotional campaign is “Pencil Us In” with a throw back to the neon era of the 80’s. Throughout the month of November, students can watch for neon giveaways around campus including glow sticks, jelly bracelets, tote bags, sunglasses, and pencils with neon erasers.

Students who participate in the survey will be entered to win one of five $100 cash prizes and will positively impact the well-being of our community.

"The USD Health Survey is important for all students to take because it is your opportunity to help shape health and wellness initiatives here at USD." Stephanie Lynch,
Health Promotion Fellow