By Melissa Beneke
The Wellness Center offers resources for students who are sick. The primary target for students is to help them realize how to take care of themselves while they are away from home and to provide them with resources when they are sick.
“We are big on education when a student comes in with an illness.” Cheryl Block, director of the Wellness Center said.
According to Block, the goal is to have students that understand what to do when they get sick. Many times, she has students who come into the center by the time they are seniors and they already check the basics like their temperature.
The Wellness Center encourages students to be proactive about their health. Block says they evaluate health concerns from a nursing point of view. They are able to do basic testing for strep throat, eye infection and bladder infections.
If any student’s test comes back positive, there are a few prescriptions for antibiotics. The costs are five or 10 dollars depending on which prescription it is. However, if the student needs any other product, they will have to go to another doctor to prescribe it.
“The goal is to provide services that students can take advantage of that provide them with less disruption from their courses.” Block said.
Block also encourages students to seek out other health services in the area. The surrounding area has a number of places for students to seek out further care such as hospitals like Proven Mercy Center, health centers like Dreyer Walk in Care-West Aurora and Edward Healthcare Center and local pharmacies like Jewel-Osco and Walgreens.
In case of emergencies, on the weekends students can call Campus safety but only if the situation is urgent and for mild colds students can visit one of the local Health Centers. Information of Health Centers is located in the Wellness Center or on the outside of the door.
Here is a list of services students are encouraged to take advantage of at the Wellness Center:
- Relaxation station- a computer based software program designed to teach relaxation techniques, concentration skills and healthy coping resources.
- Meditation coloring- coloring can be seen as a calming practice that brings you back to your childhood. Meditation is good for boosting the immune system, reducing stress, lowering blood pressure and decreasing headaches.
- Zumba- a Latin and international style dance fitness program instructed by Linda White. Classes are located at the Activity Room (Lower level, Alumni Hall). Times are 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays.
- Yoga- focused on basic poses and breathing techniques lead by Jeff Manning. Classes are located at the Activity Room (Lower level, Alumni Hall). Times are noon to 1:00 p.m. and 9:00 to 10:00 p.m. on Tuesdays.
- Pedometer rentals are also available for use.
- Healthy Eating tips- a list of grocery stores is located online as well as information on how to eat out healthy and information on healthy fast food places in the area.
For more information on the Wellness Center or other good tips to staying active and healthy, check out the Wellness Center’s website on the Aurora University site.
The Wellness Center is open every Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. It is located in Jenks Hall at the West Entrance.
Services are free to all current Aurora University students whether you are a resident or a commuter.