Blood Battle 2019

Donate blood this Friday for the Ohio State vs. Michigan Blood Battle

Ohio State is participating in its annual Blood Battle with Michigan. Sign up to donate blood this Friday, Nov. 22, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in 100 Parks Hall.

Everyone who donates will receive a Blood Battle t-shirt and a BOGO coupon for Blaze Pizza, and will be entered into a drawing for two Ohio State vs. Michigan football tickets.

Appointments preferred and walk-ins welcome. Call 800-485-6594 or visit and use sponsor code p057 to sign up.

A Message from the Chief Wellness Officer

Hello Everyone,

As the cozy fall season winds down and the holiday season approaches, the festive air sparks many opportunities to reflect on the countless blessings we have experienced over the past year. One of my greatest blessings is having each and every one of you bringing enthusiasm for wellness to every corner of our great university!

Adopting an attitude of gratitude can be beneficial for your health and positively impact your quality of life. People who express the most gratitude are usually happier, sleep better and longer, are more resilient to stress and express more sensitivity and empathy towards others.

There are several ways you can express gratitude for the many blessings life has brought you this year:

·     Write a thank-you note

·     Keep a gratitude journal

·     Reflect on your blessings

·     Practice mindfulness

Take some time this holiday season to express gratitude to those who mean the most to you and to those who impact your life in ways that may go unnoticed.

May you and your families have a blessed Thanksgiving.

Go Bucks!

Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, PhD, RN, APRN-CNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN

Vice President for Health Promotion
University Chief Wellness Officer
Dean and Professor, College of Nursing
Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry, College of Medicine

Sign up for Well-being Workshop on nutrition

Are you constantly grabbing fast food or stuck in a rut of having mac and cheese every day? Find out how you can plan easy, well-balanced meals and snacks that give your body the fuel and nutrients it needs to support your health and a busy lifestyle.

Learn more and sign up at

This event is FREE but registration is required.

Free upcoming screenings offered

Free skin cancer screenings
Free skin cancer screenings will be offered Friday, Oct. 25 from 1–4:20 p.m. at the Martha Morehouse Outpatient Care, Fourth Floor Tower Building, 2050 Kenny Road. If you have any of these skin concerns, call The James Line to schedule an appointment:
  • Moles that are changing in color, size or shape
  • New growths on your skin
  • Skin lesions that are painful, itchy or that bleed
  • Sores on your skin that won’t heal
Free parking is available on the surface lots. Call The James Line at 614-293-5066 or
1-800-293-5066 to make your screening appointment by Tuesday, Oct. 22. Appointments are required and will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. No walk-ins please.

Free stroke risk screenings for World Stroke Day

A stroke occurs every 40 seconds. Do you know your risk? On World Stroke Day Oct. 29, free stroke risk screenings will be offered 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Brain and Spine Hospital lobby or at the Martha Morehouse Pavilion lobby. From noon to 1 p.m. in the Morehouse auditorium, a presentation will focus on “How an active lifestyle can help reduce stroke risk factors.” No appointment needed for screenings or presentation.
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Message from the Chief Wellness Officer

Hello Everyone,


The first week of October is Mental Illness Awareness Week. Throughout Mental Illness Awareness Week, I always reflect on my story and how I have dedicated my life’s work towards helping those in need. This year, I challenge you to help Ohio State do our part to raise awareness for this critical issue and support the millions of Americans who suffer from and battle mental health issues every single day.


When I was 15 years old, my mom sneezed and had a hemorrhagic stroke right in front of me. She had a history of headaches for well over a year for which she saw her physician a week before she died. Over the next four years, I lost a cousin who was like a brother and my only grandparent that I ever knew. My dad had a heart attack a year later. He didn’t die at that time, but we are talking about a lot of loss in a short period of time – and extreme fear of loss.


From these events, I suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder for a couple of years and was prescribed medication instead of the gold standard treatment: cognitive behavioral therapy. I dedicated my life’s work towards improving mental health outcomes in children, teens and parents by becoming a nurse, then a pediatric nurse practitioner, then a psychiatric nurse practitioner and going on for my PhD. I used my education to develop evidence-based cognitive behavioral skills building programs to help individuals develop resiliency during life’s toughest moments and so that more children, teens and young adults could receive evidence-based treatment for depression and anxiety. We call this program MINDSTRONG here at Ohio State and are bringing it to many students across campus. We will soon have it available for faculty and staff. Sadly, approximately one in four children, teens and adults have a mental health problem, yet less than 25% receive treatment. Prevention is key; we must equip everyone with cognitive-behavioral and coping skills before they have a mental health crisis. If you are interested in going through the MINDSTRONG program to learn these skills and promote your own resiliency, please contact Dr. Jackie Hoying. Also, we have wonderful resources at our Just Breathe website.


If we aren’t prepared with the best strategies to overcome life’s biggest character builders, it will be hard to enjoy our journey. I encourage you to make your mental health a priority this month and practice tactics to increase your resiliency and decrease stress.

Go Bucks!



Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, PhD, RN, APRN-CNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN

Vice President for Health Promotion

University Chief Wellness Officer

Dean and Professor, College of Nursing

Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry, College of Medicine

Student Legal Services Offers Services

Student Legal Services at The Ohio State University (SLS) is a non-profit law office that Ohio State has chosen to provide legal advice, representation, education, and resources to eligible Ohio State students.  SLS helps with the legal issues students typically face while in school, including but not limited to: criminal misdemeanors, traffic citations including OVI (otherwise known as DUI or drunk driving charges),off-campus housing, lease review, simple wills and advance directives, consumer, contracts, credit, debt, identity theft, uncontested domestic (including dissolutions of marriage), name changes, immigration and naturalization, cars (buying, selling, repairs and accidents), insurance disputes, victims of crime assistance (including protection orders), notary and much more.

Ohio State Columbus campus students in degree seeking programs are generally eligible for services unless they waive coverage. Students pay a $40 fee on their tuition and fee statement which entitles them to SLS services from August 1 – July 31, and they pay no more for the attorney’s services than that fee.


If you, or the student you are helping, is uncertain whether SLS can help, please call our office at (614) 247-5853 or email For more information about SLS services, eligibility, and areas of law covered visit Students can schedule appointments online or by calling SLS.

Meal Planning Event Offered

Learn to Meal Plan Like a Pro

Does the thought of meal planning make you squirm? Or make you giddy with delight? Or hopeful for the future? Ohio State Integrative Medicine will host “Meal Planning Beginner to Pro” Wednesday, Oct. 2 from 5:30–6:30 p.m. at Outpatient Care Upper Arlington, room 1400. Join Ohio State’s Lori Chong, RD, dietitian and nutritionist, to learn how to get food on the table without agonizing over it and without giving up and ordering a pizza or pouring a bowl of dry cereal instead. The cost is $20.
» Register to attend.

Free mindfulness-based stress reduction program

The Mindfulness Clinic in the Psychological Services Center at the Department of Psychology is offering a free eight-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) intervention. Intervention classes will be conducted by doctoral students in clinical psychology and supervised by Ruchika Prakash. Weekly group classes offered Wednesdays from 12:30-3 p.m. and Thursdays 3-5 p.m. A four-hour retreat will be Nov. 10.
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Welcome back!

As we get into the swing of the new academic year, it is important to remember the impact that physical activity has on our overall well-being.

According to the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, we should be completing a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity per week. This can be broken down into a more manageable 30 minutes five days a week or increments that are best suited for you. Research shows that being physically active improves quality of life, sleep and overall brain health and decreases our chances for a chronic disease to develop over time. Learn more about how to get physically active.

However, many people are confused about what counts toward those 150 minutes each week. The American College of Sports Medicine recently announced that any duration of physical activity can be associated with overall improved health outcomes. In other words, the more ways we are able to move from our desks, the more we are improving our health.

Here are four ways you can become more active throughout the day without breaking a sweat:

·     Take the stairs instead of the elevator

·     Print to the copier on the next floor

·     10 squats at your desk

·     Dancing to your favorite music

Remember, some exercise is better than no exercise. Let’s make this school year the healthiest year in Buckeye Nation!