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of best practices in health education and preventive programming, additional staffing and funding for expanded programmatic efforts are urgently needed.

Recommendations for Health Promotion, Education, and Wellness Services

Fund additional professional and support staff positions to develop a fully realized health promotion and education unit.

Provide programmatic support for fully realized health promotion programs dedicated to

*  depression awareness and suicide prevention

*  eating concerns and healthy nutrition

*  health screening programs for students, faculty, and staff focused on weight management, smoking cessation, alcohol and other drug abuse, hypertension,                        and diabetes.

Create a UHS health education and self-care satellite services office in the Frist Campus Center that would be available to provide advice and assistance whenever Frist is open.  

Nutritional Counseling Services

One of the lessons we have learned from other universities is that those who have made the greatest headway in addressing a broad range of concerns related to nutrition and eating disorders have done so by employing professional nutritionists on their health services staffs.  Princeton currently provides only six (unfunded) hours a week of clinical nutritional consultation, directed primarily to students with severe eating disorders.  

Recommendation for Clinical Nutritional Consultation

Hire a permanent professional clinical nutritionist to begin building a nutrition counseling program to address the needs of:

*  students with eating disorders

*  students with metabolic disorders such as diabetes and obesity

*  students, staff, and faculty with weight management concerns

*  student athletes with training-related nutrition and weight management concerns

*  students, staff, and faculty who want advice on and access to healthier eating.

Physical Therapy Services

A very high percentage of Princeton students engage in vigorous physical activities, such as varsity, club, and intramural sports and performance arts.  A significant number of graduate students also participate in sports, fitness, and recreational activities.  While the University offers comprehensive physical therapy and rehabilitation services for varsity athletes on a daily basis, similar services for injuries unrelated to organized athletics (e.g., repetitive stress syndrome from computer usage, injuries related to dance and musical performance, etc.) are not available and physical therapy for non-varsity athletic injuries is limited to three four-hour sessions a week in a crowded and inadequate facility at Dillon gym.

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