Results from Lerner Center campus-wide survey featured in SU Faculty and Staff Newsletter

In Spring 2019, Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion developed and disseminated a campus-wide survey on health and wellness goals. The survey explored how health and wellness goals differed among race/ethnicity, sex, and role at Syracuse University (faculty, staff, undergraduate or graduate student). Results were very insightful and will inform future Healthy Monday programming. The article, New Ways to Make Monday a Fresh Start, dives into the survey results and their implications, along with how Healthy Monday programming can be used to spark healthy behaviors across campus.

DeRuyter Monday Mile Team Wins the “Power of Rural Award” for Dedication to Improving Community Health

In celebration of National Rural Health Day, the Madison County Rural Health Council recognizes Madison County residents who have shown a deep passion and commitment to bettering the health and wellness of their community. This year, the Rural Health Council awarded the DeRuyter Monday Mile Team for creating their own  Monday Mile Day and organizing several Monday Mile walks to encourage physical activity and wellness among their community.

The Monday Mile initiative launched in Madison County in 2016 with the creation of the Live Well Committee, comprised of the SU Lerner Center staff, Rural Health Council staff, and various stakeholders in Madison County. Since then, 11 Monday Mile routes have been established, with two currently in the works. The success of the Monday Mile in Madison County has been largely attributed to the enthusiasm and leadership of community residents, like the DeRuyter Monday Mile Team.

For more information on Madison County Monday Miles, check this Lerner Center Issue Brief on the Monday Mile.

We Need to Change the Language we use to Describe Individuals with Substance Use Issues

Austin McNeill Brown


  • Terms like “Substance Abuser,” “Alcoholic and “Addict” stigmatize people with substance use issues.
  • Health care professionals, individuals with addictions, individuals in recovery, and the general public all associate negative bias with terms like “addict” and “abuser”.
  • Person-first language such as “person with a substance use disorder” should be used by professionals to describe populations with substance use issues.
  • Health care professional should also use caution with terms like “Relapse” and “Medication Assisted Treatment” as those terms are associated with negative bias.

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Results from the SU Health & Wellness Goal Survey

Shannon Monnat, Mary Kate Lee, Ashley Van Slyke, and Alexandra Punch


  • Increasing physical activity is the top-ranked health and wellness goal at SU.
  • Improving diet and nutrition and better managing stress were also highly prioritized.
  • Graduate students were more likely than other groups to report having goals to be kinder to themselves and to improve their mood.
  • Females were more likely than males to report having goals to improve their diet and nutrition and better manage stress.
  • Males were more likely than females to report having goals to improve family relationships, improve relationships with others, and reduce alcohol consumption.

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