Health Promotion and Education

Otter Be Well

Otter Be Well (OBW) is a semester long program designed to help students improve their mental and physical wellbeing through a self-selected physical activity program. Taking the first step toward a physically active lifestyle can be an overwhelming experience, especially when attempted alone. We understand this, which is why we use an exercise buddy system. All exercise buddies or “peer assistants” are highly trained and knowledgeable in principles of physical activity and are flexible to meet the needs of a student's busy schedule. Unlike personal trainers, our peer assistants are not there to tell the student what they should and should not do. They are there to support the student's choices and provide guidance when needed by being a reliable activity partner. Whether the student enjoys walks to the beach, biking around Fort Ord,or going to the rec center, the peer assistant will be there to support the student in the ways they would like to be physically active.

The program is free for students identified as qualifying by their counselor in the Personal Growth and Counseling Center (PGCC). If you are interested in being part of the program, ask your counselor for more information.

OBW is modeled after the highly successful WellCat Fit program at Chico State.