SHC

Self Assessment

On this page, you’ll find unique and in-depth self-assessments you can take to learn more about alcohol and marijuana use, along with an assessment to determine your heart health.

e-CHUG

Do you want feedback on using alcohol? If so, complete the Electronic Check-Up to Go (e-CHUG) and see where you stand. 

What is e-CHUG?

The e-CHUG (Electronic Check-Up to Go) assessment is a confidential, interactive online survey that allows college and university students to enter information about their drinking patterns and receive personalized feedback, including:

  • An individual drinking profile
  • Blood alcohol content levels
  • Your average money spent on alcohol
  • Comparisons with national and CSUN students
  • Alcohol's effects on health, career and life goals, fitness and relationships
  • Referral information and resources
  • Steps to making changes

The assessment takes about 10 to 15 minutes to complete, is self-guided and requires no face-to-face contact time with a counselor or administrator. Information is confidential and not identifiable to you. Only aggregate information is stored. Electronic Check-Up To Go is an online, evidence-based intervention developed by San Diego State University.

What does it do?

When you access e-CHUG, you are prompted to enter information about yourself. In addition to demographic information, you'll enter information about your drinking habits and family history then will be prompted to complete the World Health Organization's AUDIT.

When you submit the form, the information you entered is then validated and processed. E-CHUG calculates a number of variables and compares your responses to national and local college norms and then your personalized feedback is displayed in an easy-to-read format.

What do I need to use e-CHUG?

In order to use e-CHUG, you’ll need internet access (preferably on a computer), JavaScript enabled internet browser and a printer if you want to print the feedback.

Are you ready to talk with someone about how substance use is impacting your life? Schedule an appointment with Janis Martin, our alcohol, tobacco and other drugs counselor.

Take the e-CHUG online assessment now.

e-TOKE

Do you want feedback on marijuana use? If so, complete the Electronic THC Online Knowledge Experience (e-TOKE).

What is e-TOKE?

The e-TOKE assessment is a confidential and interactive online survey that allows college and university students to enter information about their marijuana use and receive personalized feedback, including:

  • Marijuana use profile
  • Your average money spent on marijuana
  • Comparisons with national and CSUN students
  • Marijuana's effects on health, career and life goals, fitness and relationships
  • Referral information and resources
  • Steps to making changes

The assessment takes about 10-15 minutes to complete, is self-guided and requires no face-to-face contact time with a counselor or administrator. Information is confidential and not identifiable to you. Only aggregate information is stored. Electronic Check-Up To Go is an online, evidence-based intervention developed by San Diego State University.

What does e-TOKE do?

When you access e-TOKE, you are prompted to enter information about yourself. In addition to demographic information, you'll enter information about your use of marijuana, spending patterns and lifestyle.

When you submit the form, the information you enter is validated and then processed. E-TOKE calculates a number of variables and compares your responses to national and local college norms and then your personalized feedback is displayed in an easy-to-read format.

What do I need to use e-TOKE?

In order to use e-TOKE, you’ll need internet access (preferably on a computer), JavaScript enabled internet browser and a printer if you want to print the feedback.

Are you ready to talk with someone about how substance use is impacting your life? Schedule an appointment with Janis Martin, our alcohol, tobacco and other drugs counselor.

Take the e-TOKE online assessment now. 

Are you heart healthy?

Our heart health tool, the Bliman online vascular age calculator, is a risk assessment tool based on the Bliman Vascular Nomogram that takes into account a myriad of factors to give a composite index of cardio-metabolic age. The assessment can help ascertain the risk of cardio-metabolic disease and set appropriate goals for blood pressure and cholesterol, but it should not substitute for the judgment of your clinician.

For more detailed medical information about how the calculator works, refer to the charts for men and women. To learn more about your cardiovascular age and the prevalence of cardiovascular disease in the United States, use the Bliman vascular age calculator.

Bliman vascular age calculator FAQs

We've assembled the most commonly asked questions about the online assessment here.

Question: Is the use of the online BVN restricted to CSUN students only?

Answer: No. We designed this vascular risk assessment tool for anyone to use.

Question: I don't have all of the data needed to utilize the Bliman vascular age calculator. Where can I get this data?

Answer: Make an appointment to see a health care provider who can order the tests you need. 

Question: Does it matter if I'm a woman or a man?

Answer: Yes. According to the algorithm, females tend to age 10-20% slower than males in a cardiovascular sense. 

Question: Does my age matter?

Answer: Yes. Age is a key factor in cardiovascular risk assessment. Although the Bliman vascular age calculator is applicable to anyone over 18, it is most accurate in men ages 30 to 70 and women ages 40 to 80.

Question: Does smoking, lifestyle or drug use influence the age calculator?

Answer: Yes. The algorithm considers the harmful effects of smoking and the Bliman vascular age calculator can show the beneficial effects of smoking cessation, a healthy diet, aerobic exercise and medical therapy or intervention on vascular aging.

Question: Does family history matter?

Answer: Yes. Although the calculator does not consider family history at this time, the questionnaire inquires about your family history to help us decide if the addition of family history would significantly influence the predictive accuracy of the calculation. 

Question: Should I change my diet, exercise or lifestyle based on the information provided by the Bliman vascular age calculator?

Answer: Not necessarily. Before acting on what you've learned, we recommend that you consult your health care provider about appropriate goals for your case and how best to achieve them.

Question: What do I do with the results of the Bliman vascular age calculator? 

Answer: Use your online results to gain insight into your cardiovascular fitness. You may wish to discuss your results with your doctor. If so, print out your results and use them to open a dialogue about your vascular health with your health care provider. 

Question: What's the difference between the Bliman vascular age calculator risk and other vascular risk calculators like the Framingham 10-year risk assessment tool?

Answer: Bliman vascular age calculator risk does not purport to forecast a vascular event. Instead, it offers a tangible prediction that a vascular study may uncover significant evidence of vascular disease such as infarction or ischemia in heart or brain tissue.

Question: Will my personal results be discussed or shared publicly?

Answer: In compliance with HIPAA guidelines and this website's policy respecting your right to privacy, online data is protected and may only be used anonymously.

Question: How can I get involved in studying Bliman Vascular Nomogram theory?

Answer: CSUN will be offering classes on this topic. Please check the online class schedules or consult your student advisor about taking such a class.

Question: Is Doctor Bliman available for consulting on my case?

Answer: Yes. Dr. Bliman is available by appointment at the Klotz Student Health Center to students who are currently enrolled at CSUN.