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The Basics

Information that Winona State University Health & Wellness Services would like students and parents to know before they come to Winona State:
  • A Students’ health and well-being is in their own hands for the first time in most cases.  There is no mom or dad present to tell them how to take care of themselves when they are sick.  The student has to make their own appointment, buy their own medicine, and generally take care of themselves.  WSU Health Services understands about the transition from home to campus.  We work very hard to be a part of the educational mission of the university preparing students for the rest of their lives by more than illness and injury care.  We have a complete program of health promotion and health education resources and staff to promote a life time of wellness.
  • Our student health service is more than a band aid station.  We have medical, nursing and counseling staff that are specialists in their field and know a great deal about the special needs of college students.  
  • WSU Health & Wellness Services is very cost effective, easily available, and insurance can be utilized, but is not necessary.  Students are required to schedule an appointment in advance for clinic services.
  • Students do need health insurance for more complicated illnesses, injuries and accidents. If they are no longer covered by the family policy, there is information about special plans for students at WSU. We do work directly with United Healthcare Student Resource insurance.
  • We request that the medical health form be completed and sent to us before school begins.  A student may plan on going back home for illnesses or health concerns, but sometimes they need immediate care and come to the student health service.  If they have not filled out the health form in advance, they will have to do so when they get here.  Having their health information is very important for the health care provider in providing treatment.
  • Confidentiality of medical records can prevent us from discussing your student’s medical problems until we have a release of information to do so.
  • What to bring to college:
    • A first aid kit with band aides, antibiotic cream, an ace bandage and some tape.
    • A thermometer
    • Pepto-Bismol for upset stomachs, acetaminophen and/or ibuprofen for pains and fevers, Imodium for diarrhea and something for colds and congestion
    • Ice pack and heating pad

Your Student's Well-Being

We all agree: your student's well-being is of utmost concern! We want them to flourish, to learn from mistakes, to experience triumphs and to stay healthy. There are ways you can help in that pursuit, too.


Wellzine is created for and by WSU students to keep the campus community informed about balancing wellness while in college.

Staying well can sometimes be a tall order for busy college students. Yet, it's vital to their success. So, consider:

  • taking emotional issues seriously and encouraging your student to talk with someone like a counselor, an RA, an advisor or a campus minister
  • touting the benefits of good sleep
  • sending healthy snacks
  • encouraging community service
  • suggesting ways to incorporate physical activity into their schedule

Alcohol & Other Drugs

Winona State University places priority on preventative alcohol education.  For information on educational programming, please contact Health & Wellness Promotion.

It's possible that your student will be tempted to experiment with alcohol and other drugs during their college years. You can help them make wise choices by:

  • talking openly about alcohol and other drugs
  • empowering them to say "no" when something doesn't feel right
  • learning all you can about alcohol, "date rape drugs" and other substances
  • not glorifying your own "youthful drinking days," if you had them
  • leaving the lines of communication open

There are no guarantees that your student will always make the smartest choices. Yet, your efforts are bound to have an impact.

A Web of Support

Students who are struggling can turn to:

Campus professionals are there because they truly want to work with college students and many have specific training to help them connect with this population. So, encourage your student to seek help rather than "toughing it out" alone. Asking for help is a sign of great strength-make sure your student knows that.