Health Education & Prevention Services

The CSU Health Network Health Education and Prevention Services supports the health and well-being of students through the identification of campus health priorities and delivery of evidence-based programs, services and initiatives that enable students to accomplish their academic goals. These practices involve fostering awareness, skills and addressing the environmental context in which health behavior decisions are made to create a healthy learning community.

Focus areas include:

  • Substance Abuse Prevention
  • Mental Health Initiatives
  • Resiliency and Well-Being
  • Peer Education (CREWS)
  • Sexual Health Initiatives
  • Tobacco Cessation.

Health Education and Prevention Services also oversees marketing and communications for the CSU Health Network and supports campus bicycle and pedestrian safety, financial wellness, fitness, nutrition, sun safety and violence prevention efforts.

For a menu of Education & Prevention presentation options, please visit our Presentation Request page.

Substance Abuse Prevention

Health Education and Prevention Services staff works collaboratively to promote responsible behavior around alcohol, tobacco and other drug use. Strategies used address negative effects of misuse and abuse at the individual, group and community level.

Please see the CSU Health Network’s Health Resources and Interactive Screenings web site for alcohol, tobacco and other drug health assessments, health information and related campus resources.

Mental Health Initiatives

CSU is interested in using evidence-based practices across disciplines to improve the mental health and quality of life of CSU students. Health Education and Prevention Services staff work collaboratively with campus and community constituents to coordinate comprehensive, population-based strategies, including both the promotion of positive mental health attributes and skills, as well as stress reduction, coping skills, early identification of depression and other mental health issues and suicide prevention.

Please see the CSU Health Network’s Health Resources and Interactive Screenings web site for alcohol, tobacco and other drug health assessments, health information and related campus resources.

Resiliency and Well-being

In response to the high use of counseling services and high percentage of students reporting issues with high stress and resulting sleep, financial, relational issues and mental health concerns, CSU wants to provide additional support for students. Influenced by the well-researched health benefits of mindfulness practices and also practices in the field of positive psychology, the university set out to research what initiatives would strengthen students’ ability to be successful and deal with developmental and life challenges. In addition to looking at well-being and resilience research with emerging adults, this research included benchmarking what other universities were offering.
The following conceptualization, with 4 quadrants, was developed to guide CSU’s Resilience and Well-Being Initiatives. This conceptualization includes strengthening the culture of resilience at CSU and promoting initiatives that help students persist through difficulties in order to develop well-being and flourishing in the lives of students. Initiatives include prevention, support and recovery efforts. Each quadrant includes constructs that can be included in outcomes evaluation on the effectiveness of initiatives. Many CSU resiliency and well-being initiatives already exist. It is a priority to coordinate existing and new efforts, and to educate students, staff and faculty about resiliency and well-being constructs and resources.


Nutrition and Physical Activity Initiatives

Residential Dining – A registered dietician with Residential Dining Services can discuss individual nutrition needs and concerns, assist with meal planning and provide dining center tours. A support group for food allergies/intolerances/celiac disease is offered. Check out their Nutrition Calculator that assesses their residential dining center menu ingredients and calories. On campus nutrition presentations are available upon request.

Other initiatives coordinated by Residential Dining Services include:

  • Food safety program and protocols
  • Eat Well point of decision program indicating healthy choices in several dining centers
  • Healthy food and beverage options on site, to include alternative menu items; local, healthy products for use as much as possible
  • Food Allergy and Protection Plan coordination; self-service refrigerators (food allergy/intolerance; gluten free zone; Epi pins available in dining centers
  • Trayless program and smaller bowls and plates for portion control
  • Educational materials online and in the dining centers

Students and Staff Nutrition Services – The CSU Kendall Reagan Nutrition Center offers nominally priced services and resources to students. They include:

  • Group nutrition and cooking classes
  • Body composition analysis
  • Resting metabolic rate testing
  • Recipe and diet analysis
  • Free monthly newsletter and webinars
  • Gluten free eating
  • Food sensitivities and intolerances
  • Digestive disorders and gastrointestinal health
  • Cancer; heart and metabolic disease
  • Weight loss and Healthy You – Mindful Eating and Weight Management program
  • Diabetes education
  • Sports nutrition

Athletes – CSU Athletics’ Director of Sports Nutrition, oversees athlete meal/snack/hydration planning and provides athlete nutrition consultation.


Disordered Eating – Disordered Eating Nutrition Consultation at the CSU Health Network is a low-cost service that helps CSU students establish healthy dietary practices. Staffed by an experienced registered dietitian with experience treating eating disorders, individual counseling sessions are offered for disordered eating (bulimia, anorexia nervosa, binging and purging, use of laxatives or diet pills).  CSU Health Network helps coordinate body acceptance programing and promotes online screening.


Campus Vending – RamCard Office oversees campus vending and continues to offer health vending machine options for campus. The Balanced Choice Program is used in the machines to help customers easily identify healthier options.  In 2014, the RamCard Office, CSU Heath Network and Nutrition students’ designed a survey to ascertain the need to expand healthier campus vending options and machine locations. Results were shared with Campus Vending and the vendor with the determination to expand healthier snack vending to the identified locations.  Healthier vending guidelines were created to help the CSU’s vendor in selecting items for campus healthier vending machines.


CSU Catering – CSU Catering offer healthy food and beverage options on site, to include improvements in alternative menu items.  They also purchase local, healthy products for use, to include using grass-fed, hormone-free beef.  Services are offered for meetings, weddings, conferences, stadium, the Aspen Grill and Rams Horn Club.


Farmers Markets – The Student Sustainable Farm market stand offers a variety of vegetables from the student-run organic garden located off Lake Street on the south side of campus late May through October.  Others are available in the Fort Collins community.

Campus Recreation – Campus Recreation offers a wide variety of programs and services through the CSU Student Recreation Center, which includes a climbing gym, pool, fitness classespersonal trainingmassage therapysport clubsintramurals, and an outdoor program. All full-time students have access to Campus Recreation programs as well as the Rec Center; part-time students, spouses and CSU employees may purchase a membership. Fitness incentive programs are offered at various times throughout the year.

Please see the CSU Health Network’s Health Resources & Interactive Screenings web site for information on nutrition and physical fitness assessments and related campus resources.

CREWS Peer Education

CREWS Program

CREWS stands for Creating Respect, Educating Wellness (by and for) Students. CREWS Peer Educators provide essential educational services for campus groups, classes, departments and organizations on ways to lower their risks in the areas of alcohol use and sexual health practices, as well as offering tobacco education.

CREWS Peer Educators receive relevant training to develop and implement presentations and programming, designed to increase positive health behaviors and decision making. They supply students with resource information about health-related, student support services on campus and provide referrals to these services.  CREWS members also learn specific active bystander skills in order to communicate with friends who may be at risk for alcohol use and prescription drug abuse.  CREWS works directly with the CSU Orientation and Transition department to implement bystander training into the CSU Summer Orientation for incoming students.

Research has demonstrated the effectiveness of students working with students, and our Peer Educators have an immediate understanding of the social and academic pressures CSU students face.

How to Request a Presentation

For a menu of CREWS presentation options and directions on how to make a request, please click Presentation Request.

In order for us to honor your request, we must receive this request no later than 2 weeks prior to your prospective program. After your request has been confirmed, please note that it is your responsibility to do advertising and marketing to ensure your program attendance and success.

CREWS Peer Educators

CREWS Peer Educators are selected from the undergraduate, CSU student body to provide relevant health related presentations and outreach. Through their training program, they become Certified Peer Educators, in accordance with standards set forth by the BACCHUS Network. The BACCHUS philosophy is that students can play a uniquely effective role in encouraging their peers to consider, talk honestly about and develop responsible habits and attitudes toward high-risk health and safety issues.

In selecting our CREWS Peer Educators, we look for diversity in our student leaders including:

  • Academic majors
  • Life experiences and personal perspectives
  • Ethnic and cultural diversity

Common characteristics CREWS Peer Educators share include:

  • Caring about helping others
  • Caring about sharing accurate, up to date resources and information
  • Committed to making a difference on our campus, community and planet
  • Committed to a non-judgmental approach to health education and risk reduction

Benefits to being a CREWS member include:

  • Feeling connected with other on campus.
    • CREWS Peer Educators educate their peers through interactive programming, distribution of health information and helping other student find appropriate referrals to campus support services.
  • Giving you an opportunity to promote healthy behaviors.
    • CREWS Peer Educators develop public speaking and program planning skills, enhance their leadership capabilities and increase their knowledge of health and risk reduction in areas relevant to the college experience.
  • Providing you with concrete experience you can speak about when interviewing for jobs and graduate school.

Meet Our CREWS Peer Educators

Applying to Become a CREWS Peer Educator

CREWS accepts applications on line through the academic school year. Our official recruiting/interview process occurs early every Fall semester. You are welcome to submit your application at any time; however, please note that interviews will not take place until the Fall semester. If you are selected for an on campus interview, we will contact you directly to schedule that interview.

Please follow steps below to submit your on-line application.

  1. Click here to complete our on-line application and hit submit.
  2. A CREWS staff member will confirm your application has been received.
  3. If you are selected for an interview, a CREWS staff member will be in contact with you early Fall semester to schedule an interview time.

Level of Commitment – CREWS Peer Educators are expected to commit to 2 years of service. The majority of our members participate until graduation. Part of the 2 year commitment will involve training and getting to know your fellow members. CREWS Peer Educators on average volunteer between 10-12 hours each month during the school year. This includes regular meetings/trainings with fellow members and staff.

Once Selected – After you are selected into the CREWS Peer Education program, you will complete a comprehensive training program. This training includes specific information about our topical areas and risk reduction around alcohol, sexual health and tobacco. Training sessions involve lecture, group discussion, facilitation preparation and hands-on presentation skill building. You will have the option of receiving 2 hours of upper level class credit for completing the training.

Thanks for your interest in becoming a CREWS Peer Educator. If you have any further questions regarding the application process please contact us at

Sexual Health Initiatives

Health Education and Prevention Services coordinates sexual health peer education outreach and is in the process planning and implementing evidence-based sexual health initiatives.

Please see the CSU Health Network’s Health Resources and Interactive Screenings web site for alcohol, tobacco and other drug health assessments, health information and related campus resources.

Tobacco Cessation

Thinking about or ready to quit tobacco and in need of some support? The CSU Health Network Health Education and Prevention Services’ staff are here to assist, whether you are making plans to quit or still conflicted about quitting. We understand that tobacco use produces a chronic dependence on nicotine and invite you to meet one-on-one with a professional health coach to:

  • Learn valuable tools about how to successfully quit or reduce use.
  • Receive information about medication, as well as over the counter products and other quitting aids, that best fit you and your quitting process.
  • Create a tailored quit and relapse plan, matching your current level of readiness.

Your health coach will be there along the way to support you with your journey.

Our program is modeled after the Nicotine Dependency Program at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

If you would like to schedule a complementary session with a professional health coach, specializing in tobacco cessation, please call (970) 491-6053 to make an appointment.