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  • Passport to Wellness

    Purpose of Initiative

    The purpose of the Passport to Wellness initiative is to educate the ODU community about the importance of being invested in your own health and wellness. This can be critical in the early detection of many serious health conditions. The goal of the initiative is to encourage and empower ODU students, staff, and faculty to take charge of their mental and physical health.

    What Does It Mean to Empower Your Health?

    • Know yourself and what is normal for you. Mental health and physical health are related, so pay attention to what is going on with you as a whole person.
    • Be your own advocate. Equip yourself with the knowledge and tools to communicate concerns with your doctor.
    • By being invested in your health, and you will feel more confident and in control. You may detect health issues early; before they have the potential to be problematic.

    Sheila Feinknopf Fund

    The Passport to Wellness initiative is supported by a generous donation from the Sheila Feinknopf Fund. 

    Who was Sheila Feinknopf? She was a wife, mother, friend, community leader, teacher, business owner and someone whose life was cut short by breast cancer that was misdiagnosed by her doctor and breast surgeon. It took 13 months from when Sheila discovered a lump through breast self exam for her to receive the correct diagnosis of breast cancer and by then the cancer had spread to her liver and to her bones. From the newspaper articles and eulogies given at her funeral, it is apparent that Sheila lived life to the fullest and made the world a better place through her presence in it. She wanted to give back to the community and the world in which she lived and she is still doing that today through her fund that was established for educating people about being their own advocate and invested in their health.

    Learn more about Sheila Feinknopf

    Get Involved!

    Would you like to join the Passport to Wellness coordinating committee?  Contact the Wellness Center at wellnesscenter@ohiodominican.edu or (614) 251-4570.