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Health Promotion

woman reading a nutrition labelUnderstanding the information on a nutrition label can often be a confusing task. This is unfortunate as the provided information can aid you in choosing the right foods needed to live a healthy life.

Nutritional labels are composed of five sections:

diabetes finger testAlmost everyone knows someone who has diabetes. An estimated 26 million people in the United States—8 percent of the population—have diabetes, a serious, lifelong condition. Of those, about 19 million have been diagnosed, and 7 million have not yet been diagnosed. In 2010, about 1.9 million people aged 20 or older were diagnosed with diabetes.

When a baby's on the way, moms-to-be are often overwhelmed by advice and warnings from family, friends and even strangers.  But perhaps the most important advice is to stay as healthy as possible before and during your pregnancy. photo of pregant (belly) woman

Walk smart with equipment available through SHAQ

SHAQ, the Student Health Advisory Quorum, is selling pedometers to help you keep track of the number of steps and miles that you are walking and lights to keep you safe. The pedometers even include a conversion to see how many calories you are burning!


The features of the AdVantage 5-function pedometer include:pedometer details

  • Step Counter
  • Total Distance (Miles or Kilometers)
  • Calorie Counter
  • 12/24 hour clock with alarm
  • Stride length adjustment

Cost is $12 for U-PASS holders (our partner in this venture) and $14 for others.

froglight.JPGBe seen while walking at night with a silicone "Frog" light

  • 3 modes: full light, flash and slow flash
  • Water resistant design
  • Quickly install or remove without any tools
  • Average battery life of 35 hours
  • Light color: white
  • 4cm x 3cm x 3cm

The cost is $3 for U-PASS holders (our partner in this venture) and $4 for others.

How to purchase

  • If you'd like to purchase a pedometer and/or light, please contact the Student Health Advisory Quorum at
    A SHAQ volunteer will write you back as soon as possible to arrange a day and time when you can make your purchase. It may take us a few days to complete the transaction.
  • Find out about additional health and safety merchandise available through SHAQ.

Walking resources


  • Sign up for UWalk, and you can join walking groups, participate in events and group activities, keep track of your progress, and connect with a community of walkers across campus sharing stories and photos. (UW)

Seattle Walking Maps

  • This map brochure helps residents and visitors explore and navigate in and around Seattle's University District and nearby neighborhoods, including north Capitol Hill, while leaving their cars at home. (Metro King County)

Walking Maps in King County

  • Take advantage of the beautiful neighborhoods, paths and trails in King County.  Includes maps provided by Public Health - Seattle & King County in cooperation with local communities throughout the county. (Metro King County)

Walking: A Step in the Right Direction

  • Provides tips on starting a walking program, safety, warming up, and the benefits of walking. (National Institutes of Health)

Note:   The University Health Education Leadership Program (UHELP) will be moving its base to Health & Wellness, a Department in Student Life, effective July 1, 2013.  See the UHELP website for updated information about this program.

  • Are you a new or returning student that wants to gain leadership experience?
  • Do you care about student health concerns?
  • Are you interested in public health?
  • Do you plan on attending a post-graduate program or medical school?

If so, SHAQ might be just what you are looking for!

Available through SHAQ! 

The Student Health Advisory Quorum (SHAQ), a registered student group comprised of volunteers, promotes safe exercise through sales of low cost bike helmets, lights, locks, other cycling accessories, pedometers, plus helmets for skiing/snowboarding & skateboarding/rollerblading.

Join the Condom Club!

Members enjoy an inexpensive way to purchase condoms. Members purchase a membership card for $10. The card is good for 55 male latex condoms. Each time the card is presented in the Wellness Resource Center, the member can obtain the number of condoms they want (in packs of five condoms).

Hours and location

The Wellness Resource Center (WRC) is open from 8:30 am-4:30 pm,  Monday through Friday

We are located just to the right as you come in the main entrance to Hall Health Center.

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