The Wellness Resource Center (WRC) uses a comprehensive, campus wide, year-long wellness approach that begins during summer orientation and continues every month throughout the year. Each year, over 200 student programs are delivered in a wide variety of locations including academic classrooms and residence halls. In addition, various publications, education posters, displays, and major campus events are used to promote wellness issues. The WRC plans on-going activities and events that support wellness as it relates to issues such as fitness and nutrition, stress-reduction, alcohol and drug abuse, tobacco, problem gambling, healthy decision making off-campus, promoting positive fan behavior at athletic events, and suicide prevention.
Founded by Kim Dude in 1990, the Wellness Resource Center is dedicated to creating environments that support healthy decision making at the University of Missouri, in Columbia, and in the greater Missouri Community.
The Wellness Resource Center is certified as a Targeted Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Program by the Missouri Department of Mental Health, Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse.
Theoretical Approaches used by the Wellness Resource Center
The WRC uses a responsible decision making approach throughout the year challenging MU students to make informed, responsible decisions regarding their health. This is accomplished through an extensive peer education program called the Mizzou Wellness Advocate peer educators, GAMMA (Greeks Advocating the Mature Management of Alcohol) and by planning events and services throughout the year such as Alcohol Responsibility Month, Wellness Month, Safe Spring Break
The WRC has created a comprehensive social norming approach. The WRC creates a comprehensive research driven marketing plan with clear and consistent messages informing students about the actual alcohol and other drug use of their peers as well as informing students about the risks and consequences of substance use.
A harm reduction approach is used by creating safety nets for students who chose to drink. The WRC implements the CHEERS to the Designated Driver program that provides free soft drinks in local bars for people who chose to be designated drivers and advertising the STRIPES program.
An environmental management approach has been implemented effectively through a variety of coalitions and task forces such as the Access to Alcohol Action Team, a campus/community coalition.