Health and Wellness

Empire State College Offers a Health and Wellness Initiative- Free for All Students

Your good health is critical to your academic success. Research has shown that adult students leave college for a variety of reasons, but one of the most significant is for personal and family health issues.

Our program is designed to address the needs of adults as they manage their physical, mental and emotional health during their time at the college. Our services include:

  • Student Health 101- A health and wellness e-magazine geared towards meeting the needs of today's Empire State College students
  • Student Wellness Assistance Program- A totally FREE service offered to all Empire State College students. Includes resources such as: telecounceling, articles, interactive self-assessments, financial assistance, and more
  • Talk One-2-One, a 24/7 telephone counseling service providing both telecounceling and legal/financial assistance
  • supplemental benefits- specifically for higher education
  • health insurance options- connections to the Official Health Plan Marketplace
  • health and wellness programming- paid for by your student health fee, request a program today or check out what is currently going on!


For questions regarding the health and wellness initiative, feel free to call the Coordinator for the Health and Wellness Initiative, Brandon Aldous, at 518-587-2100, ext. 2703.

Food Insecurity Resources for Students

What is food insecurity? Contrary to popular belief, there is a huge difference between “hunger” and “food insecure.” Hunger is associated with not having food, nor access to food. Food insecurity is having access to food, but not necessarily knowing where that next meal will come from.

SUNY Empire state college has partnered with the SUNY Food Insecurity Task Force and several organizations around the state, to bring our students healthy food options, especially to those in need. Please look for your county below with the corresponding organization that can provide you with assistance. If you have any questions at any time, please reach out to Brandon Aldous, Coordinator of the Student Health and Wellness Initiative at

  • Bronx County
  • Kings County
  • New York County
  • Queens County
  • Richmond County

City Harvest- Food Pantry Locator

Food Bank for New York City- Food Pantry Locator

  • Westchester County
Feeding Westchester- Food Pantry Locator 
  • Cayuga County
  • Chenango County
  • Cortland County
  • Herkimer County
  • Jefferson County
  • Lewis County
  • Madison County
  • Oneida County
  • Onondaga County
  • Oswego County
  • St. Lawrence County
Food Bank of Central New York- Food Pantry Locator
  • Broome County
  • Chemung County
  • Schuyler County
  • Steuben County
  • Tioga County
Food Bank of the Southern Tier- Food Pantry Locator
  • Cattaraugus County
  • Chautauqua County
  • Erie County
  • Niagara County
Food Bank f Western New York- Food Pantry Locator
  • Allegany County
  • Genesee County
  • Livingston County
  • Monroe County
  • Ontario Couny
  • Orleans County
  • Seneca County
  • Wayne County
  • Wyoming County
  • Yates County
Foodlink- Food Pantry Locator
  • Nassau County
  • Suffolk County

Island Harvest- Food Pantry Locator

Long Island Cares- Food Pantry Locator

  • Albany County
  • Clinton County
  • Columbia County
  • Delaware County
  • Dutchess County
  • Essex County
  • Franklin County
  • Fulton County
  • Greene Count
  • Hamilton County
  • Montgomery County
  • Orange County
  • Otsego County
  • Putnam County
  • Rensselaer County
  • Rockland County
  • Saratoga County
  • Schenectady County
  • Schoharie County
  • Sullivan County
  • Ulster County
  • Warren County
  • Washington County
Regional Foodback of North East New York- Food Pantry Locator

Health and Wellness Program Request

Are you interested in having a Health and Wellness Event hosted near you? Request it! Just visit our online Program Request Form and request your program today! If you have a question about the possibility of a program, or want to have a more in depth conversation, feel free to reach out to the Coordinator for the Health and Wellness Initiative, Brandon Aldous, at or 518-587-2100 ext. 2703. 

Upcoming Events around New York

Please contact the Coordinator for the Health and Wellness Initiative, Brandon Aldous, for questions regarding upcoming programs, or to request a program at your regional center!

All events are FREE for SUNY Empire State College Students. 

ProgramLocationAddressDateTimeLink To Register

Chair Massages

ESC @ Syracuse

6333 Route 298
3rd Floor
East Syracuse, NY 13057

Saturday, December 1st 10am-2pm N/A

Chair Massages

ESC @ Nanuet

150 E. Route 59
Nanuet, NY 10954

Thursday, December 13th 12pm-4pm N/A

It takes student input to make programs happen! Please utilize the Online Program Request Form so that we can fill up the calendar of events with awesome Health and Wellness Events all over the state! 


We’re here to help.

SUNY Empire State College’s Division of Student Affairs is a partner in your successful college experience.

518-587-2100, ext. 2201