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Top 5 Things We Learned About UA Student Health & Wellness

College can be a trying and challenging time for students. In between balancing their school and social life, students also have to work, maintain relationships and career plan, which often leaves health and wellness far down the priority list. 

In the spirit of Healthy Campus Week, we conducted a survey with 350 real UA students about their personal health and wellness. Here’s what we learned: 

5. Mental health tops students’ curiosity.

When students were asked about what health and wellness topics they wanted to learn more about, mental health was the most popular response. This was closely followed by stress management, healthy eating, nutrition, emotional health, and physical health.

These findings fall right in line with numerous national surveys, which have found that college students today are feeling more anxious and pressured than any other students in the past 80 years.

When it comes to mental health and wellness, a number of respondents mentioned Counseling & Psych Services (CAPS) offered by UA Campus Health, which has been ranked as one of the best health services by the Princeton Review, to manage their anxiety.

4. The difficulty of adjusting to the first month of school.

Since the start of school, 72 percent of students said they have felt overwhelmed by all that they’ve had to do. First and second year students were also more likely to feel overwhelmed than third and fourth year students. 

As a follow up, we asked students if they felt they had access to resources or personal networks for support at the UA. An overwhelming majority of students said yes, noting that:

“There are resources that are very readily available.”

“I can always find someone to help me.”

“UA does a good job of spreading the word about mental health resources.”

“I have close friends and know all the resources on campus if I need them.”

3. The close connection between academic performance and well-being.

Over 8 out of 10 students agreed their personal well-being and academics are closely connected. It’s no secret that anxiety, stress, sleep difficulties, and a number of other disruptions can affect a students’ academic performance. But interestingly enough, freshman and sophomore students were least likely to agree with this statement (freshman – 78%, sophomore – 81%), while juniors and seniors were most likely to agree (junior – 84%, senior – 87%).

2. Physical health thrives at the UA.

9 out of 10 students surveyed agreed that the UA environment supports and encourages students to be physically healthy. A big part of this success can be attributed to the UA’s Campus Recreation facility, which was recently ranked by College Magazine as one of the best student recreation centers in the nation.

1. Health & well-being a top priority for Wildcats.

Finding also revealed 9 out of 10 students agreed that health and well-being is a priority in their lifestyle. Many UA students acknowledged that no one is immune to the social and academic pressures of university life, which makes self-care and personal health all the more important.

“Prioritizing school first isn’t always the best thing to do. I make sure to take time to destress by involving myself in clubs and hanging out with my friends.”

“It’s all about balance. I personally schedule out time to use health programs such as intramural sports to release stress.” 

Visit Campus Rec’s official website and Campus Health’s official website to learn more about the vast amount of health and wellness resources available to students. 

Data and findings were collected from a CatPulse survey distributed on Sept. 19th.