Promoting Wellness on College Campuses: Identifying and Addressing the Wellness Needs of College Students

Jenna Christianson, Kendra Kattelmann, Kristin Riggsbee, Lauren Moret, Melissa J. Vilaro, Melissa D. Olfert, Anne E.W. Mathews, Makenzie Barr, Sarah Colby

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The objective of this study was to explore the health-related knowledge, beliefs, and attitudes of college students. An online and in-class course was offered at 4 universities. As part of the course, focus groups consisting of 102 students met virtually for 5 sessions to answer questions aimed at addressing students' wellness issues. Students indicated that college campuses need to offer more services centered on student health while addressing the barriers to student wellness overall. Students also indicated that universities better met their needs when communicating about various health-related services and facilities that were available to students.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-137
Number of pages13
JournalTopics in Clinical Nutrition
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2019

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Jenna Christianson received a grant from the South Dakota State University Honors Grand Challenges Undergraduate Research Mentorship. Funding for the research was provided by the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative grant no. 2014-67001-21851 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2019 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.


  • community-based participatory research
  • emerging adulthood
  • first-year college students
  • health education
  • obesity prevention
  • stress management
  • wellness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nutrition and Dietetics


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