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The Center for Health Education and Wellness (CHEW) strives to improve the health and well-being of our campus through evidence-informed strategies. We work to empower all vols to make informed decisions about their well-being and adopt lasting healthy behaviors. Through advocacy and collaboration, we work to develop an environment that supports the community’s decisions. 


CHEW’s vision is to foster an environment for individual and community well-being for our University of Tennessee – Knoxville community.  


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 campus-wide assessments, campus feedback surveys, and national research, CHEW develops campaigns and initiatives to address the health and wellness needs of our campus community.

Participants engaging with the AOD area/initiative will be able to:

  1. make decisions that promote safe, healthy behaviors and reduce risk related to AOD use.
  2. appraise oneself accurately regarding their current AOD use.
  3. identify and utilize campus/community resources.
  4. demonstrate AOD misuse/use disorder awareness, understanding, and advocacy

Participants engaging with the General Health & Wellness (GHW) initiative will be able to:

  1. Describe at least two consequences of risky behavior related to GHW focus areas (cold & flu, nutrition, sexual health, sleep, stress, and tobacco cessation) on emotional, personal, and/or physical wellness and academic success.
  2. Describe at least two strategies to reduce risk related to GHW focus areas.
  3. Employ at least one strategy to maintain or achieve emotional, personal, and/or physical wellness in GHW focus areas.
  4. Identify and utilize at least one on-campus or off-campus resource related to managing one’s emotional, personal, and physical wellness related to GHW focus areas.

Participants engaging with the Relationship & Sexual Violence Prevention (RSVP) initiative will:

  1. Develop the knowledge and skills they need to make informed decisions related to consent, relationships, and sexual health.
  2. Understand sexual misconduct and learn how to help prevent it by practicing consent, using the Vols A.C.T. model to be an ACTive bystander, and identifying resources available.

Participants engaging with the VOLS 2 VOLS Peer Health Education initiative as peer health educators will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate ethical decision-making skills per the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Peer Educator Code of Ethics
  2. Describe the consequences of risky behavior on students’ emotional and/or physical wellness and academic success.
  3. Explain the role of peer educators in contributing to a healthy and sustainable campus community
  4. Create a healthy and sustainable campus community through peer health education outreach activities.

Participants engaging with the employee wellness initiative will:

  1. enhance their individual relationship to one of the eight dimensions of wellness.
  2. develop an awareness and understanding of health promoting skills.