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Health and Safety Communication Book Released!

A new resource on communication on health and safety issues has been released. Just published by Routledge, Health and Safety Communication: A Practical Guide Forward is authored by Mason faculty members Dr. David Anderson and Dr. Richard Miller. This 280-page book is organized in two global sections: one has key elements of a succinct model and the other addresses practical approaches. Designed for practitioners and students, this resource offers conceptual frameworks and foundations as well as a range of strategies useful for print, electronic, in-person, and technological approaches.

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Updated Campus Substance Abuse Strategy Self-Assessment

Now available is the Campus Substance Abuse Strategy Self-Assessment, updated with current national data. This resource provides campus leadership personnel with the opportunity to examine their policies and programs related to drug and alcohol issues, and then compare their campus’ results with a national profile of four-year institutions.

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Further Wellness Issues for Higher Education

Wellness Issues for Higher EducationPublished one year after Wellness Issues for Higher Education, the Further Wellness Issues for Higher Education book complements and expands the emphasis on a range of wellness issues for college students. Organized around major dimensions of wellness, this volume highlights ten wellness topics with a future orientation – attention to health and success throughout life. Each topic is grounded in current research, and emphasize approaches helpful for a wide variety of college campuses. The book also includes a chapter on strategies for organizing wellness issues on campus.

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It's Time...for Substance Abuse to Graduate

David Anderson TEDx Talk Drugs and alcohol surround us. Unfortunately, abuse of these substances also surrounds us. Further, each of us knows one or more people about whom we are concerned with their use of drugs or alcohol. The deaths and injuries are, to a large extent, preventable. We have lots of resources at our disposal; what’s important is to harness the passion to prevent and intervene more effectively. This TEDx talk, filmed at George Mason University in May, 2015, highlights the needs and the opportunities we have to address this. It is found with this YouTube link.

As highlighted in the talk, this is all about "Investing in Lifetimes".

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Speaker Profile: Preparation for TEDx Talk

The May, 2015 TEDx talk "It's Time...for Substance Abuse to Graduate" empathizes the role every person has with addressing drug or alcohol issues surrounding them in the culture. In this brief overview prepared in advance of the TEDx talk, Dr. David Anderson highlights his research, teaching, and development of resources. It provides the context of the TEDx talk, demonstrating Dr. Anderson's larger emphasis on wellness, health promotion and legacy development. Click here to view the video.

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Promoting Wellness with our Students

A new resource has just been released to help educators and others supporting students with their lives at college –entitled "5 Key Tips for College Student Wellness: Strategies for Student Success", this free white paper can be requested here.

In this, you’ll find the following five tips:

  1. Students Have Pressing Needs
  2. Colleges and Universities Have a Unique Role to Play
  3. Student Success is s Shared Responsibility
  4. Wellness is Holistic
  5. Understanding Wellness is an Investment Easily Applied.
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Just Published: Wellness Issues for Higher Education: A Guide for Student Affairs and Higher Education Professionals

Wellness Issues for Higher Education is an essential resource that addresses a range of student wellness issues confronting professionals in college and university settings. Organized around five dimensions of Wellness―Emotional, Social, Intellectual, Physical, and Spiritual―this book comprehensively covers key topics that contribute to students’ success in college.

Each topical chapter includes proactive wellness advice, and is designed to prepare the reader to better understand the facts, issues, and strategies appropriate for addressing the issue.

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