UB conducting student health survey

Published February 14, 2013

Wellness Education Services is conducting the National College Health Assessment (NCHA) survey among all enrolled students, an effort that has been dubbed “Fashioning Wellness.”

UB students, who received the survey in their UB email inboxes beginning Feb. 11, have until March 3 to complete the 20-minute survey.

The data from the confidential survey will be used to gauge the overall health and wellness of UB’s student population and improve services and programs as part of a comprehensive campus plan for health promotion and harm reduction. 

“The NCHA is the gold standard among colleges and universities for obtaining useful wellness data,” says Sherri Darrow, director of wellness education services. “Results from the NCHA will help us understand our students’ behaviors and perceptions in such areas as personal safety, alcohol, tobacco and drugs, sexual behavior, contraception, weight, nutrition and exercise, and mental and physical health. The data we collect will help us plan programs, prioritize resources and design strategies for intervention.”

All UB students who submit a survey by March 3 will receive one of several prizes, including UB pajama pants, flash drives, T-shirts or lunch bags. In addition, students will be entered in a random drawing for an Xbox 360 with Kinect, a hybrid bicycle and a sun simulator clock.

Winners will be notified by March 15.