About the Center

The Center of Excellence for Health and Wellness Across the Lifespan at Bowling Green State University is one of 14 Ohio Centers of Excellence in the areas of biomedicine and health care. The Center is the only one whose mission is focused exclusively on disease prevention, health promotion, and wellness.

The mission of the Center of Excellence for Health and Wellness Across the Lifespan is to stimulate and promote basic and applied research and education about health and wellness for disease prevention, health promotion, health communication, quality of life improvement, and related economic benefits for Ohio and beyond.

 

The Center is a networked organization of BGSU departments, programs, faculty and professional staff who share a commitment to the Center’s mission to stimulate and promote basic and applied research and education about health and wellness for disease prevention, health promotion, health communication, quality of life improvement, and related economic benefits for Ohio and beyond. The Center’s activities are organized around four programmatic goals:

  • To foster interdisciplinary, collaborative health and wellness research and educational programs;
  • To work with community agencies and health care organizations to develop, implement and evaluate new health and wellness programs;
  • To establish and sustain the University as a model community for health and wellness; and
  • To provide documentation to Ohio and the nation of the economic, social and quality-of-life benefits of prevention, health promotion, effective health communication, and healthy lifestyles.

The Center’s activities and projects reflect seven major substantive areas of expertise about health and wellness across the campus. These areas are:

  • Physical health, exercise science, food and nutrition
  • Communication sciences and disorders, voice and speech science
  • Health communication
  • Public and community health
  • Substance abuse
  • Mental health
  • Family effects on health and well-being

The Center has a large number of Faculty and Professional Affiliates from academic departments and student life divisions of BGSU who collaborate on research and community health and wellness projects.

The Center makes an important economic contribution to Ohio. Evidence shows that prevention and health promotion programs not only save money and improve lives, but are more cost-effective than one-on-one treatment interventions since individual treatment does not alter the distribution of chronic disease and injury in the population. Disease prevention and health promotion actually reduce new onset of chronic diseases in many population groups (e.g., the workforce, school children), thereby lowering the aggregate cost of treatment. A healthier workforce improves productivity and increases business capacity through lower absenteeism from work, less money spent on health care, and redirection of savings to other vital business functions. Healthier children do better in school and grow to be healthy adults with less medical treatment costs and greater productivity.