Penn State students who are interested in promoting health among their peers can apply to participate in HealthWorks, a student peer education and outreach program within University Health Services (UHS). Students can apply starting January 30, 2017. Membership applications will be accepted through March 3 for the 2017 – 2018 academic year.
This year, students have two different opportunities for promoting health among their peers: 1. One-on-one wellness services for students; and 2. Outreach and promotion through workshops and initiatives.
Current HealthWorks member, Kyle Houser (Biology ’17) encourages students to apply. “HealthWorks is a great opportunity for any Penn State student passionate about health and wellness. The major goal is to help make University Park a healthier place, but HealthWorks also encourages the development of leadership and communication skills and introduces you to people who will become some of your best friends. If you’re looking to get involved in an organization that is both personally and professionally rewarding, this is it!”
HealthWorks is a three semester commitment (one semester of training and two semesters of service). Training includes a 3-credit class through the Department of Biobehavioral Health (BB H) during the fall semester. Course topics include health promotion theories and strategies, and health issues including alcohol and other drugs, financial literacy, sexual health, nutrition, physical activity, sleep and stress. During spring semester, weekly meetings will be held and peer educators will participate in delivering wellness services or programming and outreach activities.
The one-on-one peer educators will meet individually with students to provide free wellness services. The topics include stress and time management, physical activity, nutrition, sleep, sexual health and healthy relationships and financial literacy.
The outreach and promotion peer educators will conduct health education workshops, provide HIV test counseling, and conduct health promotion campaigns to raise awareness about topics like stress reduction, sustainability, and body image. Ongoing projects include healthy cooking videos, The Body Monologues, Healthy Penn State blog posts, social media, the Fitness Challenge and Safer Spring Break initiative.
Students can learn about and apply for HealthWorks by visiting http://studentaffairs.psu.edu/health/wellness/healthWorks.shtml.