Welcome Back: Spring 2023

Welcome New Wellness Center Staff

Danielle Munn, MS, RDN, CDN

Hello! My name is Danielle Munn and I am so excited to be SUNY Cobleskill’s brand-new campus nutritionist. I am a Registered Dietitian and I actually grew up in Cobleskill. I will be available to students for virtual and in-person nutrition consultations, group programs, and presentations starting February 1,2023. 

Whether you are looking to manage your weight, improve your athletic performance, or just learn about nutrition – I am here to help! Additionally, I will be running a virtual group program for students in the Spring Semester. 

This program is welcome to everyone and will focus on the basics. We will cover label reading, macronutrients, building healthy meals, and managing stress as it relates to health and food. Stay tuned for details!

To learn more or sign up for a session with me, contact the Beard Wellness Center. I look forward to working with you!”

Kristyn Smith, LMHC

Hello! My name is Kristyn Smith and I am excited to be the new Senior Counselor at the SUNY Cobleskill Beard Wellness Center. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and I previously worked in community mental health for several years.

I am looking forward to working with SUNY Cobleskill’s students during this exciting chapter of their journey. I enjoy working with individuals in stress management and developing intentional self-care plans.

When I am not at work, I enjoy spending time with family, my three dogs, and spending time outdoors. To learn more or schedule an appointment with me, please contact the Beard Wellness Center. I look forward to working with you!

Coby Resilience with Equines: Harnessing Your Mental Health

Join the Therapeutic Equine Program and the
Wellness Center for a therapeutic skills group.

Tuesdays at 11 am
Equine Arena

Sign-ups required- email Danielle Reu at reudn@cobleskill.edu

Closed-toed shoes required

Wellness Center Notes & No-shows

Can I get a note for missing class?

Students will be encouraged to make responsible decisions about class attendance during times of illness or injury, based on consultation with their faculty, class attendance policies, their academic standing in the class, and the student’s consideration of their status toward recovery.

Medical excuses or “notes” excusing students from class will not be provided. However, confirmation of the dates and times a student received treatment at the Wellness Center will be released to faculty, with written permission from the student.

In the rare situations where the nature of the illness or injury is such that Wellness Center staff recommend that a student leave campus, be admitted to the hospital, or return home for respite or specialized care, staff will obtain written permission from the student to notify faculty of a student’s need to miss classes. In addition, we will encourage students to make arrangements for missed notes and assignments.

Don’t be a No-Show!

Patients who fail to show up for a scheduled appointment are often referred to as no-shows. When a patient fails to show up to a scheduled appointment or cancels at the last minute, the Wellness Center has no opportunity to fill that appointment slot.  There may be multiple reasons patients miss appointments: they may have forgotten, had transportation issues, couldn’t get off work, have a class or simply feel better.  A no-show may keep another student from receiving the care they need.   Please call ahead if you are unable to make your appointment or need to reschedule.

Wellness Center Welcomes a New 4-Legged Staff Member

Wiley joins the Wellness Center with 4 ½ years of therapy dog experience, making visits on campus and the community.  He is an alum of the Cobleskill Canine program and is excited to return to campus.  He will be coming to work with his handler, Shannan Breault, one of the Senior Counselors at the Wellness Center, and will meet with students during counseling sessions.  He will also be holding visiting hours at the center where students can come in and spend time destressing and learning new self-care and stress management techniques.  His visiting hours will be posted in The Can Chronicle and the weekly email blasts.

January is Cervical Cancer
Awareness Month

You can lower your risk for cervical cancer by getting screened regularly, starting at age 21.

Screening Tests

The HPV test and the Pap test are screening tests that can help prevent cervical cancer or find it early.

  • The human papillomavirus (HPV) test looks for the virus that can cause cell changes on the cervix.
  • The Pap test (or Pap smear) looks for precancers, which are cell changes on the cervix that might become cervical cancer if they are not treated appropriately.

Screening Options

Worried about the cost?

If you have a low income or don’t have health insurance, you may qualify for free or low-cost cervical cancer screening through CDC’s National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program.

You should start getting Pap tests at age 21. If your Pap test result is normal, your doctor may tell you that you can wait three years until your next Pap test.

If you’re 30 to 65 years old, you have three options. Talk to your doctor about which testing option is right for you.

  • An HPV test only. If your result is normal, your doctor may tell you that you can wait five years until your next screening test.
  • An HPV test along with the Pap test. If both of your results are normal, your doctor may tell you that you can wait five years until your next screening test.
  • A Pap test only. If your result is normal, your doctor may tell you that you can wait three years until your next Pap test.

If you’re older than 65, your doctor may tell you that you don’t need to be screened anymore if you have had normal screening test results for several years and you have not had a cervical precancer in the past, or you have had your cervix removed as part of a total hysterectomy for non-cancerous conditions, like fibroids.

HPV Vaccine

The HPV vaccine protects against the types of HPV that most often cause cervical cancers. HPV can also cause other kinds of cancer in both men and women.

  • HPV vaccination is recommended for preteens aged 11 to 12 years, but can be given starting at age 9.
  • HPV vaccine also is recommended for everyone through age 26 years, if they are not vaccinated already.
  • HPV vaccination is not recommended for everyone older than age 26 years. However, some adults age 27 through 45 years who are not already vaccinated may decide to get the HPV vaccine after speaking with their doctor about their risk for new HPV infections and the possible benefits of vaccination. HPV vaccination in this age range provides less benefit, as more people have already been exposed to HPV.

HPV vaccination prevents new HPV infections, but does not treat existing infections or diseases. This is why the HPV vaccine works best when given before any exposure to HPV. You should get screened for cervical cancer regularly, even if you received an HPV vaccine.

Information brought to you by the CDC

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The Wellness Center
Call to schedule an appointment
Phone # 518-255-5225 | Fax # 518-255-5819
Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
For after-hour emergencies call University Police at 518-255-5555 or 911
UPD Anonymous Tip Line https://secure2.cobleskill.edu/tipline.
988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline
Mobile Crisis Assessment Team (MCAT) – 1-877-269-6699 or 1-844-732-6228 (24 hours a day/7 days a week)
If you have a concern about the care you received at the Wellness Center, contact Director Lynn Ontl at 518-255-5225

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