March 13, 2020

The current situation with the coronavirus, otherwise known as COVID-19, can be a source of stress and anxiety for you as well as your children. The most important thing that you can do to help your children through this uncertain time is to remain calm when you are with your children as your own level of anxiety will affect them. If your children sense you are anxious, they will be anxious as well. Reducing your own stress and anxiety so that you are less anxious will help your children to stay calm.

October 21, 2020 8:00 am - October 23, 2020 5:00 pm
October 21-23, 2020

In 2018 The Ohio State University presented the first national summit series to address the state of mental and physical well-being among healthcare providers and health professions students.

Healthcare providers across the nation are experiencing high rates of burnout, depression and unhealthy lifestyle behaviors. Research indicates that the state of their mental and physical well-being affects quality and safety of patient outcomes associated with healthcare delivery. As a result of this public health issue, the National Academy of Medicine has launched an action collaborative on clinician well-being and resilience.

Clinician well-being supports improved patient-clinician relationships, a high-functioning care team, and an engaged and effective workforce. When we invest in clinician well-being, everyone wins.

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November 15, 2019
Honor recognizes college’s leadership in preventing heart disease and stroke

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The National Forum for Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention honored The Ohio State University College of Nursing with the 2019 Heart Healthy Stroke Free award to recognize the college’s exceptional leadership and collaboration to carry out the national Public Health Action Plan to Prevent Heart Disease and Stroke.

The College of Nursing received this award at The National Forum’s 2019 annual meeting, Catalyst for Collaboration, on October 30 in Washington D.C. The meeting convened 100 thought leaders from more than 60 public, private and nonprofit organizations. Each year at the annual meeting, the National Forum recognizes individuals and organizations who have made exceptional contributions to heart disease and stroke prevention.

“Our college is deeply committed to preventing heart attacks and strokes at Ohio State, in our community and state, and throughout the nation,” said Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, APRN-CNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, vice president for health promotion, university chief wellness officer and dean of the College of Nursing. “The partnership that we now have with more than 170 organizations, including universities, public health departments and community agencies who are using our free online Million Hearts® modules, has resulted in over 75,000 people across the U.S. being screened and educated on evidence-based strategies to prevent cardiovascular disease.”

The National Forum for Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention focuses on implementing  strategies to prevent heart disease and stroke with a goal to eliminate cardiovascular health disparities and achieve health equity. The organization strives to lead and encourage collaborative action among stakeholders committed to heart disease and stroke prevention.

Ohio State and the National Forum recently partnered with the Ohio Mayors Alliance to champion heart health at the Buckeyes’ football game against Maryland on November 9 at Ohio Stadium. The effort included information sharing in the game program, on the scoreboard and on a new website supported by the Office of the Chief Wellness Officer with facts and resources to help people live healthier lives.

October 09, 2019
C. Everett Koop Award recognizes outstanding worksite wellness programs

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State University was honored with a national C. Everett Koop Award honorable mention for the breadth and effectiveness of its health and wellness initiatives.

The Koop Awards, which are granted by the Health Project, recognize worksite health promotion and improvement programs with documented results, both in effectiveness and economic impact. Criteria include improving population health by helping people change unhealthy behaviors and reducing health risks, establishing a culture of health and offering good value for the investment in these programs. Ohio State was one of only seven institutions nationally – and the only university – to earn an honorable mention award this year.

The Health Project is a not-for-profit corporation formed to bring about critical attitudinal and behavioral changes in addressing the health and well-being of Americans. Its mission is to seek out, evaluate, promote and disseminate the lessons learned from exemplary health promotion and disease prevention programs with demonstrated effectiveness in influencing personal health habits and cost-effective use of health care resources.

“This wonderful honor confirms that we are on the right track in promoting health and well-being across Buckeye Nation,” said Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, APRN-CNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, vice president for health promotion, university chief wellness officer and dean of the College of Nursing. “We are building great momentum in our efforts to make Ohio State the healthiest campus in the world, and it starts with creating a wellness culture and incorporating evidence-based programs that get results.”

As the National Academy of Medicine highlighted in its groundbreaking case study released this summer about Ohio State’s efforts around well-being, Ohio State calculates a cumulative productivity net savings of more than $15 million from wellness programming, as well as a $3.65 return on investment for every dollar invested in wellness. Additional impacts include improvements in cardiovascular health; decreases in pre-diabetes, depression and anxiety; and increases in healthy lifestyle behaviors and academics among students, faculty and staff.

Melnyk and Megan Amaya, PhD, director of health promotion and wellness at the College of Nursing, accepted the award on Ohio State’s behalf at the 2019 HERO Forum hosted by the Health Enhancement Research Organization in Portland, Oregon.

July 31, 2019

Many of the 20 million new students starting college this fall will have to manage their health and well-being on their own for the first time. As families review materials related to classes, meals and housing, The Ohio State University Chief Wellness Officer and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center have created a wellness checklist to help students develop a plan to maintain their well-being.

July 31, 2019

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) has spotlighted The Ohio State University's efforts to reduce the growing concern of burnout among practicing clinicians and medical, nursing, and health sciences students and trainees.

Ohio State became the first university to be featured by NAM as a role model in wellness and prevention, per College of Nursing spokesperson Phil Saken.

July 31, 2019

The National Academy of Medicine’s (NAM) Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience released a comprehensive and groundbreaking case study today about how The Ohio State University is working to stem the growing epidemic of clinician burnout in healthcare settings.

August 06, 2018

Solutions to combat chronic disease – America’s No. 1 cause of death, disability and rising healthcare costs – will be the focus of a free webinar discussion on March 24.

Sponsored in part by The Ohio State University, the webinar will focus on evidence-based approaches for preventing and managing chronic conditions and how academic institutions can implement these best practices on campus and throughout their communities. Additional sponsors include the National Consortium for Building Healthy Academic Communities (BHAC) and the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease.

“The health of our country is in crisis,” said panelist and Ohio State's Chief Wellness Officer and Dean of the College of Nursing Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN. Melnyk is also founder and president of the National Consortium, an organization that shares its best practices to improve health and wellness outcomes across campuses nationwide. “With the alarming increases in obesity, chronic illness and mental health disorders, it is imperative that higher education institutions place high priority on wellness initiatives and prevention with a sense of urgency,” said Melnyk.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cardiovascular disease accounts for nearly 600,000 American deaths each year (one in four). An estimated one in three will have diabetes by 2050, and more than 75 cents of every U.S. dollar spent on healthcare is used to treat chronic disease. Melnyk also noted that one in four people suffers from some sort of mental health disorder, yet less than 25 percent receive treatment.

While cardiovascular disease is a popular topic of conversation, this particular webinar discussion will specifically address the value of screening and educating the public.

“What many don’t realize is that several of these conditions can be prevented and effectively managed through simple, healthy lifestyle changes,” explained Melnyk. “With 33 million people teaching, working, learning and living on college campuses in the U.S., academia has an incredible opportunity to influence national health policy and practices and ultimately help build a healthier nation.”

Building Health Academic Communities across the U.S. to Prevent and Manage Chronic Conditions: A Webinar Discussion

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 | 1-3 p.m.
Registration is free.



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.

January 11, 2018

Ohio Gov. John R. Kasich has issued an official proclamation declaring Feb. 14 as Million Hearts® Day in the state of Ohio.

“We are thrilled that the governor has recognized this important national and statewide initiative to save lives by raising awareness of key strategies to prevent cardiovascular disease,” said Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, vice president for health promotion, chief wellness officer and dean of the College of Nursing at The Ohio State University.

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) remains the nation’s leading cause of death for men and women of all races and ethnicities, yet 80 percent of CVD is preventable through healthy lifestyle behaviors. The national Million Hearts® Initiative is a collaborative effort to increase education about risk factors and save lives by helping people make heart-healthy choices.

The Ohio State University partnered with Million Hearts® when it began five years ago, the first university-wide partnership. This year, hundreds of biometric screenings will be offered to Ohio State faculty and staff on Valentine’s Day in the College of Nursing at Newton Hall, located at 1585 Neil Ave.

“Ohio State has a goal to be the healthiest campus in the world,” said Melnyk. “Partnering with Million Hearts® and offering screenings around Valentine’s Day is a reminder to everyone that we can engage in healthy lifestyle behaviors to promote optimal health and well-being.”

This year, Melnyk has also promoted screenings at campuses and communities across the state through the newest Million Hearts® partner, the Ohio Council of Deans and Directors (OCDD), which includes 42 colleges and nursing schools.

“The interest in participating in this program is strong among our nursing colleges,” said Melnyk, who serves as the group’s current president. “We are excited that several of the schools have already scheduled screenings for this week, and we know that others will follow throughout the year.”

The Million Hearts® Initiative began in 2012 with an ambitious goal to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017, co-led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. More than 150 organizations, including The Ohio State University, joined the initiative and designed a variety of innovative strategies to improve cardiovascular health around the nation. The success of the initiative heralds a renewed effort to save more American lives by preventing one million heart attacks and strokes by 2022.

At Ohio State, the College of Nursing launched the Million Hearts interprofessional educational module as part of its National Interprofessional Education and Practice Consortium to Advance Million Hearts®

The Million Hearts® program encourages simple and healthy actions that can provide reduced heart attack and stroke rates. The pillars of the Million Hearts® initiative are the ABCS of care:

  • A - aspirin when appropriate
  • B - blood-pressure control
  • C - cholesterol management
  • S - smoking cessation

Because stress is another major factor that places individuals at risk for heart attack and stroke, Ohio State also recognizes stress reduction as a second “S” during preventive screenings.

A free webinar will provide more information about the educational module on Thursday, Feb. 15.

Dial-in telephone number: 1-877-820-7831
Participant Passcode: 636580#

Million Hearts® screenings are also being held at Cedarville University, Malone University, Muskingum University, Ohio Christian University, Ursuline College, University of Cincinnati and Xavier University. Screening participants will learn their risk factors for heart attacks and stroke and will receive information on improving their heart health.