April 05, 2018

POSTPONED: New date will be announced soon!

Ohio State faculty, staff, students, central Ohio first responders and anyone who wants to participate in a great workout in the famed Ohio Stadium are invited to participate in the second annual ROTC Wellness Boot Camp in the Shoe on Monday April 16 from 3:30-6:30 p.m. This unique fitness competition hosted by Buckeye Wellness and the Ohio State ROTC will provide you and your team of up to six people with a great boot camp-style workout. Registration is free! Details and a link to the registration form is available on the webpage.


Teams should plan to arrive 30 minutes prior to their start time.

3:30 p.m.

Onsite team registration begins

3:50 p.m.

Welcome from Ohio State Vice President for Health Promotion and Chief Wellness Officer Bernadette Melnyk 

4-6:30 p.m.

Teams participate in boot camp time slot.

September 23, 2017

The Ohio State University received national accolades for its tobacco-free policy as the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) presented its Silver Award in the HHS Tobacco-Free College Campus Initiative (TFCCI).


Capt. Jim Lando, regional health administrator for the HHS, presented the award to Ohio State’s tobacco-free implementation committee and executive sponsors today, highlighting Ohio State’s comprehensive policy.


“We help students prepare for productive lives after they leave Ohio State. One of the most important assets they can take with them is their health and wellness,” said Javaune Adams-Gaston, vice president for student life at The Ohio State University. “This award recognizes our efforts to provide students with the opportunity to have a bright, healthy future.”


“Here at Ohio State, we are deeply committed to building the healthiest university in the world,” Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, PhD, RN, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, associate vice president for health promotion, university chief wellness officer, dean of the College of Nursing at The Ohio State University and associate vice president for health promotion said. “Creating a culture and environment of wellness is key to promoting and sustaining healthy lifestyle behaviors and making healthy choices the easy choices for our students, faculty and staff to make. Our tobacco-free initiative is one of many key initiatives to improve our population’s health and wellness.”


As of Jan. 1, 2014, the use of all types of tobacco products is prohibited in all university buildings and on all university-owned properties, including parking lots, garages and all outside areas. (Read the full policy at tobaccofree.osu.edu.)


“Cigarette smoking alone is responsible for more deaths than HIV/AIDS, alcohol, motor vehicle crashes, homicide, suicide, illegal drugs and fires combined,” Lando, said. “Almost all smokers begin tobacco use by age 26, making college and university campuses a critical target for tobacco-use prevention and cessation efforts.”


In order to qualify for the TFCCI award and carry the title of tobacco-free, colleges must adhere to a number of criteria including but not limited to: not having tobacco-related advertising or sponsorship permitted on campus property and the prevention of sale of any tobacco product or paraphernalia produced by the university for distribution on campus.


The TFCCI Challenge's ultimate goal is to have all colleges and universities be 100-percent smoke or tobacco free by 2017.


February 15, 2017

Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the lobby of Newton Hall located at 1585 Neil Ave., you can learn more about the process of donating bone marrow and find out if you're eligible. Commit to saving the life of someone with blood cancer! Faculty and staff at the Ohio State College of Nursing will provide free baked goodies for participants. A simple cheek swab may set you on the path to giving a cancer patient a second chance at life. Representatives from Be the Match Registry will be on hand to provide more information. 

January 25, 2017

The Ohio State University Executive Vice President and Provost Bruce A. McPheron, along with Sheldon M. Retchin, MD, MSPH, executive vice president of health sciences and CEO of the Wexner Medical Center, announced today the recommended reappointment of Bernadette M. Melnyk, PHD, RN, CPNP, as dean of the College of Nursing and university chief wellness officer, effective immediately and subject to approval of the university board of trustees. In addition, they recommended a promotion from associate vice president for health promotion to vice president for health promotion. Her appointment will continue through December 2022.


Their announcement included a brief overview of her accomplishments: Under Dean Melnyk’s leadership, the College of Nursing developed a new, five-year strategic plan. This plan advanced the college in several important ways, including more than doubling its growth in graduate enrollment, adding 40 new faculty members and establishing three new interprofessional degrees. In addition, the College of Nursing more than tripled its But for Ohio State campaign goal, including a $6.5 million gift to establish the Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for Evidence-based Practice. The college also strengthened its financial base and earned a significant rise in both U.S. News & World Report and NIH-funding rankings.


Melnyk created Ohio State’s One University Health & Wellness Council, which generates and oversees the university’s strategic wellness plan to become the world’s healthiest university. She also chaired the first National Summit for Building Healthy Universities with more than 300 leaders from 93 Universities. In addition, she founded the National Consortium for Building Healthy Academic Communities, a growing national organization with representation of more than 40 universities. She served as the consortium’s first president, with Ohio State as its administrative home.


Prior to joining Ohio State’s faculty in 2011, Melnyk served as dean and distinguished foundation professor in nursing at Arizona State University’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation. She is an elected Fellow of the National Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Nursing, the National Academies of Practice and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and earned a BS from West Virginia University, an MS from the University of Pittsburgh and a PhD from the University of Rochester.


December 15, 2014


The National Consortium for Building Healthy Academic Communities (BHAC) has elected its first board of directors, a historic move in the effort to revolutionize the culture of health and wellness at colleges and universities, Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, associate vice president for health promotion, university chief wellness officer, and dean of the College of Nursing at The Ohio State University and new Consortium president, announced today.


“I cannot express how excited I am to be working with this amazing group of wellness experts,” said Melnyk. “It is a privilege to be part of a groundbreaking team that is transforming health and wellness of academic communities nationwide.”


Melnyk envisioned and led the founding of the National Consortium, a group of public and private academic institutions dedicated to crafting a comprehensive framework that enriches the health and wellness of students, faculty and staff. The consortium was founded after the inaugural BHAC National Summit in April 2013, which was held at Ohio State.


The second BHAC National Summit will be April 23-24 at the University of California, Irvine. The Summit will convene leaders and nationally recognized authorities in health and wellness to highlight and share best practices in promoting and sustaining wellness, with tracks focused on best practices and evidence-based programming, creating cultures of wellness, marketing and communication for engagement and mental and emotional well-being.


“We in academia have a unique opportunity to affect the lives of our students, faculty and staff. Our collaborative voices, ideas and expertise can help set the national agenda for health and wellness along with generating and disseminating evidence to support best practices and influence policy,” Melnyk said.


Full biographies of the Consortium officers can be found at: http://healthyacademics.org/national-consortium-board-directors.


President: Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, is associate vice president for health promotion, university chief wellness officer and dean of the College of Nursing at The Ohio State University. She also is a professor of pediatrics and psychiatry in the College of Medicine. She is an internationally recognized expert in evidence-based practice, health and wellness, mental health and intervention research and is a frequent keynote speaker at national and international conferences on these topics. Her scholarship record includes over $19 million of sponsored funding from federal agencies as principal investigator and over 250 publications, including four books. She served a four-year term on the 16-member United States Preventive Services Task Force and currently serves as a member of the National Quality Forum’s (NQF) Behavioral Health Standing Committee and the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Advisory Council for nursing research. In addition, she is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine. She has successfully led collaborative national initiatives and has served as president of a national organization.


President-Elect: Megan Amaya, PhD, CHES, AFAA, is the director of health promotion and wellness at The Ohio State University. She is president of the Society of Public Health Educators Ohio Chapter and steering team member for the central region Healthy Ohio Business Council. She is a certified health-education specialist, a certified personal trainer and a certified group fitness instructor. Amaya has been instrumental in the launching of the National Consortium for Building Healthy Academic Communities. She coordinated the 2013 National BHAC Summit and the Ohio BHAC Summit in 2014. Amaya is also a member of the planning committee for the 2015 National Summit.


Secretary: Carole Kenner, PhD, RN, FAAN, is dean of the College of New Jersey School of Nursing, Health and Exercise Science, which encompasses nutrition, wellness, fitness, strength and conditioning. She is executive director and secretary of the Council of International Neonatal Nurses, Inc. and past president of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN). Kenner served as secretary on the board of the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) and is now co-chair of The College of New Jersey Healthy Campus Program Council.  She was instrumental in starting a wellness center at the University of Oklahoma College of Nursing. Kenner has over 30 years of experience in higher education.  


Treasurer Chair: Karen Moses, PhD, RD, CHES, is the director of ASU Wellness at Arizona State University. She has provided leadership in ASU health promotion initiatives, programs and services, using both individual and environmental approaches to promote health and wellness among college students for 25 years. Recognized as a leader in college health promotion, Moses is a frequent speaker at college health and student affairs professional conferences and has been consultant to other institutions of higher education to guide their healthy campus initiatives and health promotion programs. She has served in many elected and appointed positions of national associations, including the American College Health Association, Pacific Coast College Health Association, National Network Addressing Collegiate Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention, and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). She co-chaired the committee that developed the Healthy Campus 2010 Objectives for the American College Health Association, helped develop the standards of practice for Health Promotion in Higher Education and helped to found the NASPA Health Promotion Knowledge Community. She was previously president of the Arizona Dietetic Association.


Marketing Chair: Angie Brown is the communications manager for the University of Florida’s Office of Human Resources. She has worked in higher education public relations for more than 20 years, having previously served in communication roles at Penn State University and Oregon Health & Science University.  At the University of Florida, Brown manages several UF websites and oversees other UF online and print publicity materials. She is editor of "The InfoGator," UF’s faculty and staff e-newsletter, which reaches more than 14,000 employees. She also facilitates internal change management efforts for the university, providing strategic communication planning and execution for units including the Office of Research, the Office of the Chief Financial Officer and UF Information Technology. In addition to her work on the UF-UF Health Wellness Committee, Brown has twice served as publicity officer for the UF Association for Academic Women and serves on the Public Relations Subcommittee of the UF President’s Council on Diversity.


Research & EBP Chair: Marcelle Holmes, PhD, is assistant vice chancellor of wellness, health & counseling services at UC Irvine, where she oversees the Counseling Center, Student Health Center, Disability Services Center, Campus Recreation, Health Education, Career Center, Campus Assault Resources & Education (CARE) and Office of the Campus Social Worker. She came to UC Irvine from Pomona College, where she served as associate dean of students and dean of women. Holmes is a licensed clinical psychologist in California, and has worked in a variety of settings, including private practice, at college counseling centers and as assistant professor of psychology and black studies at Pomona College. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, American Association of Blacks in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.


Membership Chair: Colleen Harshbarger, MS, is the director of the Office of Wellness & Health Promotion with WELL WVU: The Student’s Center of Health and an adjunct faculty member in the College of Physical Activity and Sports Sciences at West Virginia University. She is a certified wellness practitioner with the National Wellness Institute, a certified wellness coach from WellPeople and holds a certificate in Alcohol Prevention Leadership from NASPA and EverFi. Harshbarger has been studying and teaching yoga for over 20 years and is registered with Yoga Alliance at the ERYT-500 level.


Advisory Board Chair: Cassandra Kitko, MBA, CHES, IC, is the manager of health initiatives in Penn State’s Office of Human Resources’ Employee Benefits Division. Prior to working at Penn State, she planned and delivered worksite wellness programs. Kitko is president of the local school district and a member of her parish council and finance committee.


BHAC founding institutions include Arizona State University, Bucknell University, Dartmouth College, East Carolina University, Gustavus Adolphus College, Iowa State University, Medical University of South Carolina, Ohio State University, Oklahoma State University, Penn State University, The College of New Jersey, University of California, Irvine, University of Florida, Virgina Tech and West Virginia University.


More information: healthyacademics.org


Contact: Jill Jess Phythyon, 614-688-1062, jess.16@osu.edu

November 16, 2014

The Ohio State University is among the first schools to join the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), which works with the private sector and PHA Honorary Chair Michelle Obama to make healthier choices easier, in a three-year commitment to make its campus healthier by adopting guidelines around food and nutrition, physical activity and programming.


“We are excited to be one of the first universities to join Partnership for a Healthier America in promoting health and wellness on college campuses,” said Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FNAP, FAAN, associate vice president for health promotion, university chief wellness officer and dean of the College of Nursing. “At Ohio State, we are very committed to our vision of becoming the healthiest university in the world, and our new partnership with PHA is one strategy that will help us achieve that goal.”


The announcement was made Sunday, Nov. 16, at the American Public Health Association (APHA)’s 2014 Annual Meeting & Exposition. PHA’s Healthier Campus Initiative includes 19 other colleges and universities, collectively impacting more than 500,000 students and 126,000 faculty and staff.


“Colleges and universities are in a unique position to help shape tomorrow’s leaders, whether they are teachers, coaches, policymakers, CEOs, moms or dads,” said PHA CEO Lawrence A. Soler. “We know that going to college is a time of change for many students—we also know that means it’s a time when new habits are formed. By creating healthier food and physical activity environments today, campuses and universities are encouraging healthier habits that will carry over into tomorrow.”


Ohio State has agreed to implement the following guidelines over the next three years:



Ohio State will implement the following food and nutrition guidelines:


Provide healthier food and beverage services in campus-operated dining venues every operational day.

  1. Offer on the menu a minimum of one wellness meal at each breakfast, lunch and dinner meal (if served).
  2. Offer a minimum of five types of fruits, five types of vegetables and two 100-percent whole grain products at both lunch and dinner (if served).
  3. Offer only a total number of fried foods that does not exceed the total number of platforms available at both lunch and dinner (if served) across all venues.
  4. Offer and identify as healthier at point of presentation at least three desserts at both lunch and dinner (if served) that have less than or equal to 150 calories as served.
  5. Ensure the percentage of healthier beverage purchase (in dollars) is a minimum of 60 percent of total beverage purchases (in dollars).
  6. Identify food and beverage items using one of the following strategies:
  7. Label food and beverage items offered with calories per serving at the point of presentation.




Designate healthier food and beverage options using a health icon at point of presentation.


  1. Implement a comprehensive, strategic product placement/merchandising program/policy within dining venues to encourage healthier food consumption. The program/policy will include a minimum of five strategies, one of which is:
  2. Offer only healthier food and beverage options within five feet of payment stations.
  3. Offer a plant-based food option at every platform serving meat.


Implement local food or sustainability program in campus food service:


  1. Implement a local food procurement program that increases procurement of local and sustainable foods.
  2. Offer tray-less dining as the default system in at least 75 percent of dining venues.


Provide healthier vending options on campus:


  1. Ensure that a minimum of 50 percent of vending machines offer only healthier food and beverage products or 50 percent of each vending machine content is healthier food and beverage products.
  2. Provide healthier catering services on campus.
  3. Offer one of the following healthier catering menu options:
  4. Offer a minimum of three types of fruits, three types of vegetables, two 100 percent whole grain products and no more than two fried items on catering menus.




Ensure the percentage of healthier beverage purchases (in dollars) is a minimum of 60 percent of total beverage purchases (in dollars) for catering.


Promote water consumption on campus:


Make free water available in all dining venues and all educational/physical activity facilities.


Provide trained food and nutrition professionals on campus:


Make available registered dietitian nutritionists for personal nutrition assessments and counseling to all students.



Ohio State will implement the following physical activity/movement guidelines:


Create a built environment that encourages healthier choices on campus:


  1. Provide marked walking routes on campus, one of which must be at least two miles in length and have distance markers at regular intervals. A route map is made available to individuals on campus.
  2. Post signage requiring cars to stop for pedestrians at all designated or marked crosswalks on campus.
  3. Provide at least one bicycle parking space on campus for every 15 individuals on campus.
  4. Offer a bicycle share/rental program and/or a subsidized bicycle purchase program for all students.
  5. Provide designated bicycle lanes on major roads and/or offer off-street bicycle paths throughout campus.
  6. Implement a bicycle and pedestrian accommodation policy, and/or participate in a national bicycle or pedestrian recognition program.
  7. Implement a campus-wide program/policy that incentivizes the use of public or campus provided transportation.


Encourage student physical activity/movement through facilities and programs on campus during the academic year:


  1. Provide, without a user fee, 16 hours per day access to at least one fitness/recreation center for all students.
  2. Offer a minimum of 20 diverse recreation, physical activity/movement or competitive sports opportunities during each academic year.
  3. Offer, without a user fee, a minimum of one monthly “how to” physical activity/movement class that introduces students to new activities.
  4. Offer at least one organized and facilitated 15 minute physical activity/movement opportunity break on each school day.
  5. Offer, without a user fee, both:


Fitness/recreation center orientation during the first semester for all incoming students and one fitness assessment to all students each academic year.


Encourage outdoor physical activity/movement on campus:

  1. Provide at least one running/walking track that is open and available for use to individuals on campus and the community for at least three hours per day.
  2. Provide an outdoor fitness system.
  3. Offer at least one free, organized and facilitated, outdoor physical activity/movement opportunity each week.
  4. Offer a rental outdoor recreation equipment program for students.


Provide trained physical activity/movement professionals on campus:


Make available certified personal trainers for all students.



Ohio State will implement the following check programming guidelines:


  1. Implement an integrated, comprehensive wellness program for individuals on campus that is provided annually. The program will include all of the following components:
  2. A coordinating committee that includes student, faculty, administrative and staff representatives and meets at least quarterly.
  3. Health and wellness education and activities for all individuals with disabilities.
  4. A promotion plan to market the wellness program through at least one online venue and three physical venues on campus.
  5. Provision of annual physical activity/movement and nutrition training for all resident assistants to help them inform students about campus resources available for wellness.


Offer other wellness programs on campus:


  1. Implement a mandatory health and wellness education online module to be completed by all incoming first year or transfer students, upon registering with the college or university.
  2. Implement a program/policy that identifies students who may be food insecure and provides options on campus.
  3. Implement a program/policy that supports and accommodates breastfeeding for mothers on campus.
  4. Implement a service-learning program available to all students that focuses on food and nutrition, physical activity/movement and/or coaching.
  5. Offer a rewards-on-benefits structured program that gives insurance premium discounts and/or rebates to individuals on campus who participate in a wellness program designated by the health insurer on campus.
  6. Offer non-academic cooking skills classes that are available to all students.


For more information on PHA’s Healthier Campus Initiative, visit www.ahealthieramerica.org/campuses.

The Ohio State University is a dynamic community of diverse resources, where opportunity thrives and where individuals transform themselves and the world. Founded in 1870, Ohio State is a world-class public research university and the leading comprehensive teaching and research institution in the state of Ohio. With more than 64,000 students (including 58,000 in Columbus), the Wexner Medical Center, 14 colleges, 80 centers and 175 majors, the university offers its students tremendous breadth and depth of opportunity in the liberal arts, the sciences and the professions.


The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) is devoted to working with the private sector to ensure the health of our nation’s youth by solving the childhood obesity crisis. In 2010, PHA was created in conjunction with – but independent from – First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! effort. PHA is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that is led by some of the nation’s most respected health and childhood obesity experts. PHA brings together public, private and nonprofit leaders to broker meaningful commitments and develop strategies to end childhood obesity. Most important, PHA ensures that commitments made are commitments kept by working with unbiased, third parties to monitor and publicly report on the progress our partners are making. For more information about PHA, please visit www.aHealthierAmerica.org and follow PHA on Twitter @PHAnews.

July 30, 2014

The Ohio State University College of Nursing has been named an NLN Center of Excellence (COE) for 2014 to 2018, the National League for Nursing Board of Governors has announced.


The selection is by competitive application reviewed by a panel of leaders in nursing education, with only 35 programs holding the designation. Six, including Ohio State, were added this year.


“Our core goals include supporting faculty, staff and students to achieve their highest career aspirations by sustaining a positive and extraordinary culture of wellness and excellence to the point where everyone wants to come here to teach, conduct research, practice and learn,” said Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FNAP, FAAN, associate vice president for health promotion, university chief wellness officer and dean of the College of Nursing. “We are honored that NLN recognizes these efforts and has selected the [Ohio State] College of Nursing as a center of excellence.”


Since 2004, the NLN has issued an annual invitation to apply for COE status. Applicants are then judged on their ability to demonstrate in concrete, measurable terms sustained excellence in faculty development, nursing education research or student learning and professional development. Schools, and since 2012, healthcare organizations eligible in a separate category, must also have a proven commitment to continuous quality improvement. Of the current 35 NLN Centers of Excellence, 31 are schools of nursing from across the spectrum of higher education, from diploma and associate degree-granting programs to colleges and universities offering bachelor's and advanced degrees. Four are healthcare organizations.


"These deserving nursing education programs model excellence in the science of nursing education and providing environments that enhance student learning and professional development," said NLN President Marsha Howell Adams, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, newly appointed dean of the College of Nursing at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. "Their visionary leadership sets the standard for nursing education to build a strong and diverse nursing workforce to advance the health of the nation and the global community, guided by the [NLN's] four core values: caring, integrity, diversity and excellence."


Ohio State and the other new COEs will be formally recognized at the NLN's Annual Education Summit during the NLN Banquet.


Dedicated to excellence in nursing, the NLN offers professional development, networking opportunities, testing services, nursing research grants and public-policy initiatives to its 40,000 individual and 1,200 institutional members. NLN members represent nursing education programs across the spectrum of higher education, and healthcare organizations and agencies.

April 10, 2014

Health science experts and students from The Ohio State University will travel the state this month to teach healthy lifestyle behaviors, specifically geared to the prevention of heart attacks and strokes as part of the Department of Health & Human Services’ Million Hearts® Initiative.

Buckeye Wellness on Wheels (WOW) will offer free health screenings to community members in Wooster, Cleveland and Mansfield during the first health-focused bus tour of the state. The programs will include blood-pressure checks, body mass index, stress and nutrition assessments and wellness education.

Free healthy snacks and refreshments will be provided.

“So many people wait until a crisis to change their attitudes about lifestyles and healthy lifestyle behaviors. By bringing Buckeye Wellness on Wheels out into Ohio, we hope to show our state that making even just one healthy lifestyle change can help everyone live longer, happier lives,” said Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, associate vice president for health promotion, university chief wellness officer, and dean of the College of Nursing at The Ohio State University.


WOW activities are set for:

• April 17: Wooster, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wooster Community Center, 241 Bever St.

• April 17: Cleveland (Euclid) 4-7 p.m., Euclid Lakefront Community Center, One Bliss Lane

• April 18:  Mansfield, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Longview Center, 1495 W. Longview Ave.

Buckeye WOW is sponsored by The Ohio State University Colleges of Education and Human Ecology, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Public Health, as well as the Office of Outreach and Engagement, the Ohio State University Alumni Association and OSU Extension.

Students and faculty from the above colleges and offices will be on the WOW bus tour.

Million Hearts is a nationwide initiative of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services aimed at preventing one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017.


Ohio State’s health sciences community encompasses seven colleges and numerous medical facilities whose clinicians, researchers and educators have improved the lives of people and animals for more than a century using the best scientific evidence. Regional, national and international partnerships extend our impact across the state and around the world.