The Center for Health Education and Wellness is dedicated to a community model that is embodied in the “VOLS HELP VOLS” commitment: We are all Volunteers. We look out for each other.
Based on data collected from our annual health and wellness survey, triennial CORE survey, and national research, CHEW develops campaigns and programming to address personal safety, sexual misconduct, substance use, and health and wellness initiatives.
The Center for Health Education and Wellness empowers all Volunteers to thrive by cultivating personal and community well-being. CHEW aims to fulfill this mission by helping the UT community prioritize holistic wellness.
CHEW’s prevention efforts are grounded in the Center for Disease Control’s Social Ecological Model. We utilize campus surveys, national statistics, and current research to inform our evidence-based prevention and intervention strategies.
We recognize and appreciate that how people approach wellness is influenced by individual characteristics such as race, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender expression, physical ability, and socioeconomic status. These individual characteristics are taken into perspective as we facilitate programs and outreach related to sexual health, nutrition, alcohol and other drug use, sexual assault prevention, and other wellness topics.
CHEW seeks to advance UT’s commitments to excellence in outreach and engagement through programming that educates the UT community about their own health and wellness and encourages them to actively advocate for the health and wellness of their fellow Volunteers.
CHEW is grounded in the community model of “VOLSHELPVOLS.”
The Center of Health Education and Wellness is guided in mission, spirit, and action by the following core values: