University Health Services is involved in planning and co-sponsoring a number of outreach health education and promotion initiatives on campus. Special events include, but are not limited to the following:
LifeShare Blood Drives
University Health Services – Office of Health Promotion sponsors LifeShare Blood Drives on campus. To acknowledge the crucial role blood donors play in helping maintain the blood supply, the LifeShare Community Blood Services Tuition Scholarship was created. One $500 scholarship is generated for every 40 units of blood collected during the academic year. For more information, please call (330) 672- 2320.
Alcohol Awareness Day
Alcohol Awareness Day is an outreach event that provides an opportunity to increase students' knowledge and awareness on issues pertaining to alcohol use and abuse. Emphasis is placed on the importance of students making informed choices about alcohol consumption. Contact the Office of Health Promotion for more information, 330-672-8266
National Depression Screening Day
Come to National Depression Screening Day (NDSD) on Thursday, October 6th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is being held on the 2nd floor mezzanine of the Kent Student Center, and is open to all students, faculty and staff, as well as the larger Kent community.
The Great American Smokeout
The Great American Smokeout is a national event sponsored by the American Cancer Society and is traditionally held the third Thursday in November. The event represents an opportunity for smokers to join millions of other smokers in avoiding cigarettes for 24 hours. The Office of Health Promotion offers smoking cessation programs. Contact the Office of Health Promotion for more information, 330-672-8266.
World AIDS Day
World AIDS Day is traditionally observed on December 1st each year. This day is focused on creating a greater awareness of the AIDS pandemic. Contact the Office of Health Promotion for more information, 330-672-8266.
NATIONAL EATING DISORDERS SCREENING DAY
In the United States, 20 million women and 10 million men suffer from an eating disorder at some point during their life. February 22nd-February 28th is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. If you think you may have an eating disorder, you are far from alone.
There are different reasons why eating disorders happen, and different forms they can take (anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder), but the one thing they all have in common is that they can have very serious consequences.
Come to National Eating Disorders Screening Day at Kent State University (Student Center, Rm. 306) on Thursday, February 25th 2016, anytime between 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for a free anonymous screening.
Call the Office of Health Promotion for more information: 330-672-8266.
Safe Spring Break Kick-Off Day
Safe Spring Break Kick-Off Day creates an excellent opportunity to foster dialogue on healthy decision-making on a number of health-related issues including sexual health, alcohol awareness, personal safety, HIV testing, predatory drugs, stress management, and sun protection/tanning issues. Contact the Office of Health Promotion for more information, 330-672-8266.
National Alcohol Screening Day
National Alcohol Screening Day (NASD) is a free public health even that provides anonymous screening for alcohol-use disorders and offers educational materials about alcohol and health-related issues. NASD is an outreach promotional effort to reduce and prevent at-risk drinking. The event is open to campus and community members.
The screening form, Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT), asks participants about their drinking habits and if their behaviors have changed due to their drinking. Once the screening form is scored, participants have the opportunity to discuss the results with a mental health professional or University Health Services clinician. If appropriate, the participants receive referral information regarding support and/or treatment services both on campus and in the community. The screening process takes approximately 10-20 minutes for each participant. Contact the Office of Health Promotion for more information, (330)-672-8266.