Health & Well-Being
Health and Well-Being Outreach Committee
In the Fall of 2018, the UI Athletics staff formed the Health & Well-Being Outreach Committee. The mission of this committee is to provide UI student-athletes with education and/or programming on various topics related to overall health and well-being (e.g., alcohol and drug education, stress management, sleep hygiene, mental and emotional well-being, nutrition). The committee regularly collaborates with student-athletes, coaches, and other support staff who work with student-athletes. Connections also are made with other campus offices, committees, and campus events. In addition to creating new outreach projects, it is the goal of the committee to service as an interdisciplinary resource for coaches and student-athletes for consultation.
HEALTHY EATING: Iowa Sports Nutrition
Healthy choices and good nutrition are paramount to the well-being of every student-athlete. The Gerdin Athletic Learning Center houses one of seven refueling stations around campus where student-athletes can conveniently access an array of fresh fruits, vegetables, snacks and energy drinks. The UI Sport Nutrition department oversees the refueling station located on the first floor of Gerdin Athletic Learning Center and this site houses many educational events for students throughout the year including the following:
Hawk Fuel Stop: Held weekly, student-athletes sample a performance recipe at the Gerdin Athletic Learning Center. These events help student-athletes discover new foods and interact with the Sports Nutrition staff. Fuel Stop features a wide range of nutritious recipes that can be made with common ingredients and cooking methods.
International Hawk Fuel Stop: A collaboration between Iowa Sports Nutrition and Student-Athlete Academic Services, these special events feature unique recipes representing the traditional food from countries around the world. These recipes expose student-athletes to a variety of cuisines, while allowing international student-athletes a space to share recipes from their home cultures.
Brother & Sister Events: These events pair male and female teams together as another way to meet other Hawkeye athletes while involved in a fun activity, such as cooking classes and competitions. Working together to create and vote on recipes is a simple way to make learn how to make foods that fuel performance AND taste delicious.
Nutrition Education Resources: Student-athletes have an opportunity to participate in a variety of hands-on events with Iowa Sports Nutrition, including grocery store tours, cooking classes and team activities. While at the Gerdin Athletic Learning Center, students can choose from a collection of “How-To” cards (portable recipe cards). From sweet potatoes to quinoa, athletes gain cooking skills that set the stage for a balanced diet in college and beyond.
For more information about Iowa Sports Nutrition, click here.
HEALTHY MIND: access to Mental health services and counseling
College can be an exciting and challenging time. Many students face mental health concerns like anxiety and depression during college. Student-athletes deal with the same challenges with the added responsibilities and stressors of being an athlete. The Counseling and Sport Psychology Services are available to help Hawkeye student-athletes cope with the stresses of being a student-athlete, general life issues (such as relationship stressors or homesickness), performance enhancement needs, and mental health concerns. The trained staff work to understand the unique needs of the student-athlete while providing comprehensive and multi-culturally competent mental health care. They also help connect student-athletes with other mental health care providers who specialize in certain areas (such as psychiatry, substance use issues, and eating disorders). To learn more about student-athlete mental health and well-being, including educational materials, please see the NCAA Sport Science Institute website.
Student-athletes are able to schedule appointments directly with the Counseling and Sports Psychology Services department. Services are free and confidential.
For more information about services and how to schedule an appointment, click here.
HEALTHY BODY: Strength & Conditioning
NCAA sporting demands take up the majority of your personal physical activity hours including, but not limited to: sport practice, competitions, strength & conditioning (S&C), athletic training and medical obligations.
The S&C staff’s daily mission is to help a student-athlete realize their maximum potential. To assure our mission, S&C staff members work in collaboration with the sport coach, athletic training, physical therapists, team physician, academic services, sports science, sports nutrition, and sport psychology. Each sport has unique demands.
You can learn more about our S&C department by clicking visiting our website.
Dog Therapy Visits
New in 2019 - Abbey and Ranger (therapy dogs) make regular visits to the Gerdin Athletic Learning Center to spend time with our student-athletes. There are many physical and mental benefits to spending time with animals according to a research study presented by the PAWS for People organization (www.pawsforpeople.org) including; lowering blood pressure, releasing calming endorphins (oxytocin), lowering the feelings of isolation, encouraging communication, providing comfort, reducing anxiety and lifting spirits.
All student athletes receive violence prevention education through various programs, presentations, workshops and on-line educational modules.
In the fall, freshmen and transfer students participate in a video-based, research-informed online learning program, which is designed to reduce sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, and stalking on college campuses through a focus on bystander intervention. They also attend an orientation program that includes topics presented by the Office of the Sexual Misconduct Response Coordinator such as sexual misconduct, dating/domestic violence and stalking is provided to student-athletes.
UI sport teams are able to participate in additional education and training regarding interpersonal violence through workshops offered by the Women’s Resource and Action Center and the Rape Victim Advocacy Program. Beginning Summer 2019, new student-athletes will utilize myPlaybook - an on-line module created to inform freshmen about sexual assault prevention strategies.