Our Mission

Promote health and well-being for students, faculty, and staff at OSU. Through collective action and input from the OSU community, we identify health priorities and advocate for policies, services, and environments that systemically support health and wellness.


By emphasizing a culture of well-being, we support individuals and our community in adopting and maintaining healthy behaviors to improve quality of life. A healthy campus provides added value, beyond what individuals provide for themselves. The Oregon State University campus will be known around the world for cultivating an environment so infused with well-being that it requires conscious effort to "opt-out" of positive health choices. HCI supports a campus environment that fosters health and wel-being for all community members to learn, grow, and achieve. There are four focus areas: Be Active, Eat Well, Manage Stress, Smoke-free OSU. Also, HCI collaboration occurs with Spiritual Well-Being, Community Development, and Human Resources.

  • Be Active Goals: Promote and enhance physical activities/resources, programs and events; Create awareness and positive behavioral changes in the area of physical activity; Increase the proportion of OSU students, faculty and staff meeting physical activity guidelines as set by the American College of Sports Medicine.
  • Eat Healthy Goals: Encourage members of the OSU community to eat more fruits and vegetables and choose water over sugar-sweetened beverages.
  • Manage Stress Goals: Reduce the percentage of students whose academics are negatively affected by: Stress, Anxiety, Sleep Disorders, Colds and flu and Work.
  • Smoke-free Goals: Support a Smoke-free environment at OSU through campus No Smoking policy and Nicotine Replacement Therapy

Eat Healthy

  • As part of CONNECT week, HCI co-sponsored the New Student Picnic. Healthier food choices were provided and activity tables were in the middle of the Quad. Follow up activities were planned and carried out through HHS 231, in Dining Centers, a cooking class sponsored by Peer Health Advocates and continued messaging around the "My Plate" theme. 
  • The "Fresh from the Faucet" campaign gave out over 700 water bottles during the New Student Picnic. From '10-'11 school year to the '11-'12 school year, there was a 10.4% decrease in bottled Pepsi and Aquafina sales. There was a significant increase in water usage at water stations in the Memorial Union and Snell Hall.
  • Brought Behavior Economist for Cornell, Katherine Hoy, to campus for external review of Food Services practices. One result was an increased emphasis on photos and visual imagery leading to a 73% increase in Pacific City salad sales at one concept.
  • Supported National Nutrition Month and Nutrition and Dietetics students through the mini-grant program
  • Environmental Scan was completed (Public Health model for program improvement) and presented to Healthy Eating committee and campus consituents.
  • Supported two Fruit and Veggie Flash mobs. A dancing Gorilla and free bananas. Creatively engaging students.

Be Active

  • 3rd Annual Be Well Walk and Run brought in more than 400 registrants, and more than 350 participated despite a rainy, cold afternoon.
  • Environmental Scan completed and helped to re-energize the "Be Active" committee to reconvene and support physical activity objectives across campus.
  • Beaver Strides Walking program subsidy for faculty and staff was funded through a grant by Pacific Source Health plans. This year registration increased by 83% and active participants who finished the program increased to 70 and 80% for winter and spring terms.
  • The Sit Less, Move More campaign went campuswide and supported being active by taking regular breaks for standing or exercising. Partnering with RecSports, "exercise breaks" are offered for meetings on campus.
  • Wellness Week occurred during Spring Term, highlighting the myriad of activities across campusto support individual and community health.

Smoke-Free OSU

  • The first year of a Smoke-Free campus provided several challenges and work around communication, education and enforcement.
  • A newly formed "Smoke-Free OSU" task force met 5 times in an effort to identify areas of concern and solutions.
  • Partners in Smoke-Free OSU are: Student Health Services, Facilities Services, University Housing and Dining, INTO OSU, International Programs, Student Conduct and Community Standards and Public Safety.
  • A master's student in public health is working to engage International Students in continued dialogue about Smoke-Free OSU and resources available on campus.
  • Nicotine Replacement Therapy through Student Health Services was funded through a grant by Pacific Source. Close to 50% of students were successful in quitting as a result of going through the SHS program.
  • Conducted a campus wide survey with assistance from College of Public Health and Human Science. All Corvallis and Cascades campus students, faculty and staff were invited to participate. For Corvallis, response rates were 30% of students and 41% of Faculty and Staff. The results of the survey will be presented in Fall 2013.
  • OSU became recognized as a "Gold Campus" through the Fresh Air Campus Challenge, a region-wide effort to forward smoke- and tobacco-free policies on college campuses. OSU is also a "mentor campus," providing support and assistance to other campuses.

Manage Stress

  • Working with CAPS (Salaheddine Ziadeh) and the lead instructors for the Bacc Core Class on Health and Wellness (HHS 231), a stress management currculum was put in place as one of the options for students to pursue.
  • HCI works closely with the Mental Health Initiatives in alighing the "Flourishing" objective with other healthy campus focus areas.
  • The MU Craft Center has become a core HCI partner to support art and creativity as a means of stress reduction.
  • There is an ongoing Stress Management counseling group at CAPS.
  • HCI provided support and funding for the Mind Spa expanison in Waldo Hall.
  • HCI helped with funding for CAPS to bring Corey Keyes on campus for discussions and planning around his research on "flourishing."
  • HCI helped support the Mental Health Initiative and the Healthy Minds Study administered to students on campus in Spring 2013.


  • This year HCI gave our 14 mini-grants totaling $8,500. Groups involved and receiving funding were: Childcare and Familiy Resources, Counseling and Psychological Services, Veterans, Recreational Sports, Intercultural Student Services, Peer Health Advocates, ISOSU, ASOSU, Rainbow Continuum, Native American Student Association, Face AIDS, Pharmacy students, Men's Development and Engagement.
  • Recreational Sports is a key partner in the oversight and management of Mini-Grants.

Marketing and Communications

  • Be Well newletter has one of the highest "open" rates on campus, averaging 40% with 540 subscribers.
  • Working with University Relations and Marketing, a "message platform" has been created to consistently talk abuot health and wellness across campus.
  • The Be Well Communications group collaborated on putting a coupon book in the Res Halls for all new students and sharing messages across social media platforms.
  • HCI participated in START, CONNECT, Beaver Community Fair, National Nutrition Month, New Employee Orientations, University Day and Wellness Week.
  • Weekly "OSU Today" messages about health and wellness were provided spring term with positive feedback.
  • Be Well website was recreated.


  • Lynn cordes and Tara Sanders (Chairs of the Healthy Eating Committee) were asked to present at the Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference on Fresh from the Faucet.
  • Lisa Hoogesteger and Stacey Edwards were a part of a panel presentation on "Smoke- and Tobacco-Free campuses" at the Oregon Public Health Association conference.
  • Amy Thomson and Lisa Hoogesteger presented on Spiritual Development at SALT in November 2012.
  • Lisa Hoogesteger and Amy Thomson presented at the NASPA conference on "Connecting Leaning Outcomes to Spiritual Deveopment."
  • Lisa Hoogesteger gave a Smoke-Free OSU update to OSU Faculty Senate in January 2013.
  • Lisa Hoogesteger presented to SALT in January 2013 on "Responding to community threats."
  • Tom Kirch presented to the National Intramural and Recrational Sports Association conference on the FUN project (physical activitiy for non-exercisers) and its follow up "Sharpe Up" program.


  • Student Organization Summit: All student organizations with a connection to health and wellness were invited to a Summit in January and April. Representatives from nearly 30 different groups across campus attended and gave voice to ways they could support each other's goals. Both summits had very positive feedback and a request to continue the Summits as a way to intentionally build community and reinforce campuswiade work in health and wellness.
  • Spiritual Well-Being: Working collaboratively with the Spiritual Life at OSU group, "Spiritual Well-Being," as a part of CONNECT week activities. Also, this group developed and implemented a "Spiritual Wellness Week" during Fall Term. Pre- and post-event surveys were utilized to assess impact. Students reported that they participated to "learn about and connect with others" and to have "dialogue to increase appreciation of difference/diversity." 16 of 17 participants who completed both the pre- and post-test reported they had met people of different faiths/beliefs. (The intent of the conversations around Spiritual Well-Being was to connect these with the Learning Goals for Graduates; specifically "Pluralism and Cultural Legacies.")
  • In collaboration with Childcare and Family Resources, KidSpirit and Recreational Sports, a Women's Given Circle grant was proposed and accepted, providing nutrition and exercise opportunities for families to participate in and learn how to incorporate in daily living.
  • Healthy Campus as environmental and "culture of health and well-being" catalyst:
    • HHS 231, a BACC Core class focused on health and wellness, has redesigned their curriculum to include experiential learning for fitness, stress management and nutrition. This is a direct result of our focused task forces in each area.
    • PEBB will now provide rebates for regular exercisers at on-campus fitness facilities.
Statistic Highlights
  • 700 Reusable water bottles distributed at the New Student Picnic.
  • 10.4% Decrease in bottled Pepsi & water sales.
  • 83% Increase in Beaver Strides registration.
  • 2 Fruit and Veggie Flash mobs.
  • $8,500 Provided in 14 HCI mini-grants.