Hokie Wellness Outreach allows students and staff to engage in activities both on campus and around the community. We aim to educate our students and community members in topics such as alcohol and sex education, better sleep habits, tobacco use and treatment, cancer prevention, cold and influenza, and other general wellness topics to ultimately create a safer and healthier enviornment. No matter the age, Hokie Wellness Outreach provides support through community building by creating opportunities to access available resources and services.

The Tobacco-Free Hokies campaign began as a program to raise awareness of issues surrounding tobacco use and encourage Virginia Tech students to live a tobacco-free lifestyle. A part of Hokie Wellness, the campaign has expanded in recent years to middle schools in the communities surrounding the university, where Virginia Tech students on the Health Education and Awareness Team (HEAT) take the message to sixth-graders.

Members of the Hokie Wellness team, served on the CAPE committee and assisted with gathering information. The CAPE statistical information is utilized to assist the Hokie Wellness department with annual program planning.

Healthy Citizens NRV, Agency on Aging Advisory Council, New River Valley Partnership for Access to Healthcare (PATH).

Hokie Wellness is part of Virginia Tech’s representation that works with other representatives from colleges and universities in Southwest Virginia toward creating healthier campuses by going tobacco-free. The other representatives include: Appalachian School of Law, Appalachian College of Pharmacy, Bluefield College, Emory and Henry, Mountain Empire Community College, New River Community College, Radford University, Southwest Virginia Community College, University of Virginia College at Wise, Virginia Highlands Community College.

Child Passenger Safety (CPS) technicians in your community, including members of the Hokie Wellness team, can check to make sure that your car seats are installed correctly and teach you how to use and install a car seat on your own.

Employees can have their car seats checked the:

  • Second Thursday of every month at the Blacksburg Fire Department, 2700 Price’s Fork Road, Blacksburg, 4 – 6 p.m.
  • Last Thursday of every month at the Christiansburg Fire Department, 110 Depot Street NW, Christiansburg, 4 – 6 p.m.

The program is designed to help manage ongoing chronic conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, heart disease, fibromyalgia, chronic pain and more. Anyone with a long term health condition that impacts daily activities is encouraged to participate. Hokie Wellness in partnership with the New River Health District offers this program on the Virginia Tech Campus. Participants are asked to make a commitment to attend all six sessions.

The six-week program helps manage any chronic condition by offering information about:

  • Healthy eating and weight
  • Physical activity
  • Managing medicines
  • When to call the doctor
  • Making treatment decisions

If you are interested in requesting a program, please email hokiewellness@vt.edu.

University Partners

Masters of Public Health program

Hokie Wellness partners with the Masters of Public Health program on the Virginia Tech campus.  Many students complete their practicum and capstone projects with Hokie Wellness to gain an understanding of employee wellness promotion and programming.

Center for Public Health Practice and Research (CPHPR)

The Center for Public Health Practice and Research works with Hokie Wellness to develop annual program strategy and evaluation. The two departments also collaborate on a variety of community-based projects.

Office of Emergency Management

The Office of Emergency Management and Hokie Wellness partner on a variety of emergency preparedness initiatives to enhance the university’s disaster mental health response. Hokie Wellness personnel have completed the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) trainings necessary to assist with natural and man-made disasters in a university setting.

Recreational Sports

Hokie Wellness partners with Recreational Sports, a division of Student Affairs, in order to help promote the recreational services available to employees and their families.