Health and Wellness Signature Programs

Fresh Check Day

For the fall semester, the Field House hosts an annual Fresh Check Day! Fresh Check Day, the signature program of the Jordan Porco Foundation, is an uplifting mental health promotion and suicide prevention event that includes interactive expo booths, peer-to-peer messaging, support of multiple campus departments and groups, free food, entertainment, and exciting prizes and giveaways.

Fresh Check Day aims to create an approachable and hopeful atmosphere where students are encouraged to engage in dialogue about mental health and helps to build a bridge between students and the mental health resources available on campus, in the community, and nationally.

Therapy Dog Program

The transition to college may be characterized as one of the most difficult periods of adjustment a student faces. Students must adapt to a new environment, establish social interpersonal relationships, manage an increased workload, balance school and work and much more.

Research shows benefits for: social attention, social behavior, interpersonal interactions, mood; stress-related parameters including cortisol, heart rate and blood pressure; and mental health in relation to human animal interactions. The Field House provides students with therapy dogs during stressful periods throughout the semester so that students may take a break, socialize with friends and pet some adorable therapy dogs!

Health and Wellness Fair

Throughout the academic year, the Field House offers students an opportunity to learn about health and wellness resources on campus by offering a Health and Wellness Fair. Students are able to enjoy therapy dogs, take a ride on a smoothie bike, make body positive buttons, and more!

De-Stress Thursdays

Every Thursday evening students may stop by the Field House to enjoy de-stressing activities led by our student peer health educators!

This program allows students the opportunity to take a break from their hectic lives and socialize with friends in a fun de-stressing environment, where they may gather the coping skills needed to deal with stress. Some activities include meditation, guided muscle relaxation, watercolor painting, DIY slime, and more

Tasty Tuesday’s

The first and last Monday of every month students may stop by the Field House to enjoy cooking classes led by our student peer health educators!

Cooking is a great destresser for several reasons. Students are able to engage with one another and socialize, it allows for a creative outlet, and it is a sensory experience with aroma, taste, visual delight and even the sizzling sound of delicious dishes being created. Students have made black bean brownies, chia pudding parfaits, avocado pesto pasta, and more! 

Courses and Workshops

The Tiernan Field House offers an array of courses and workshops throughout the academic year. Students can request a workshop or enroll in one of our courses. 

Campus Connect

Campus Connect is a gatekeeper training program for college and university faculty, staff, and students. The experimentally based training is designed to enhance participant’s knowledge, awareness, and skills concerning college student suicide. Specifically, Campus Connect aims to increase participant’s knowledge about suicide statistics, risk and protective factors, warning signs, and referral resources; to increase empathic listening skills, communication skills, and the ability to ask individuals if they are thinking about suicide. 

Changing Minds, Changing Lives

The Changing Minds, Changing Lives (CMCL) program, a strengths-based course, promots an adaptive response to stress, improves self-regulation, cognitive flexibility, and positive identity development. CMCL brings, mindfulness training and exploratory group writing to enhance resilience in the transition into college and beyond.

Changing Minds, Changing Lives 2018 Final Report

Certified Peer Educator (CPE) Training

CPE training is an effective strategy for building a well-educated and sustainable peer education group. CPE Training helps peer educators develop leadership skills to be able to successfully create and implement campus programs.  The training includes eight modules, covering the role of peer education, helping peers make a behavior change, listening skills, response and referral skills, how to take action and intervene, recognizing the role of diversity and inclusivity, programming and presentation skills, self-care, and group dynamics. Learn more here!

Be Well Friday’s

The last Friday of every month the Tiernan Field House hosts events  centered around health and wellness. You can find our PHE’s on Bowling Green Lawn with Therapy Dogs, handing out personalized Health and Wellness Kits, tabling with KGI, and more! Students can expect new and exciting topics each month!

TFH Health and Wellness Program Request Form

The Tiernan Field House provides outreach and workshop services by request. If you are interested in having the Field House collaborate on programs, tabling, presentations, workshops, etc., please fill out the program request form. TFH provides programming on the following topics:

  • Sexual Health
  • Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs
  • Mental Health / Stress Management
  • Meditation / Mindfulness
  • Exercise / Nutrition

*The topics listed above are examples of possible programming, it is not a limitation in the health and wellness programs offered. If you have any questions please email


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