Prevention Services

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Our prevention services focus on health promotion and education. This is an instrumental part of the Wellness Center’s commitment to promoting wellness within the USF St. Petersburg campus community and student body. Our prevention services team consists of a health educator, graduate student intern, and peer educators (P.E.E.R.S.). We believe strongly in encouraging, teaching, and supporting healthy decision making. We promote healthy well-being from the perspective of moderation, making individualized and informed choices, and self-care.

Follow our social media accounts (FB & Instagram) for real-time education and facts on COVID-19, wellness tips, and strategies to stay mentally well during this time of uncertainty. All the information on this website has been updated, and is available for you anytime you need. 

*To request accommodations for any Wellness Center services and/or programs, please contact us at 727-873-4422.

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

The Wellness Center provides outreach programs, educational presentations, workshops, and trainings designed to enhance wellness in our campus community and to meet the needs of our students for academic, personal, social, and psychological growth. We provide information on a variety of topics like: sexual health and safer sex, alcohol and other drug prevention, smoking cessation, stress management, domestic and dating violence, healthy life choices, nutrition and disordered eating, and more! Please note that our outreach and trainings are for the USF St. Petersburg community. We do not provide services to community members or outside organizations, but we may make exceptions on a case by case basis. If you have any questions about whether your audience fits our scope of practice, please contact us.

WELLNESS CONSULTATIONS

Our Health Educator provides one-time Wellness Consultations for any student who wants to discuss personal issues around:

  • Maintaining a healthy work/life balance
  • Healthy relationships
  • Time management
  • Sensitive topics like sexual health, birth control, and safer sex
  • Nutrition and weight management
  • Any other question about health and wellness you may have

PLEASE CALL 727-873-4422 AND SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT FOR A WELLNESS CONSULTATION WITH THE HEALTH EDUCATOR.

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FREE HIV AND STI TESTING

The Wellness Center works with community organizations Y.E.S. and A.S.A.P. to provide free HIV testing and counseling to students once a month with limited hours during the fall and spring semesters. STI testing is free once a semester with help from the Pinellas Health Department. Call 727-873-4422 to make an appointment or walk-in!


WHAT IS HEALTH PROMOTION?

Health promotion is the process of enabling people to increase control over and to improve their health. At USF St. Petersburg, health promotion serves the core mission of higher education by supporting students and creating healthy learning environments through the use of theory, research, and evidence-based programs.

We understand the various stressors, roles, and responsibilities in your life as a USF St. Petersburg student that can help support or discourage you from making healthier decisions. As college students, you are adults, and will be making adult decisions regarding your health and wellness for the rest of your lives. We are here to help you!