This is a great opportunity for Nutrition majors. Credits earned can be applied toward your supporting credits.
HealthWorks, a peer health education outreach program in University Health Services, is currently recruiting student volunteers to become Peer Health Educators for the 2015 – 2016 academic year. The deadline for applications is March 6, 2015. Students from all majors are encouraged to apply.
HealthWorks peer educators work to address college health issues at Penn State, including stress, nutrition, physical activity, high-risk alcohol use, and sexual health. HealthWorks members plan and implement various health promotion initiatives and efforts to encourage healthy lifestyle choices among Penn State students. Examples of HealthWorks initiatives include writing for the Healthy Penn State blog, developing health messages for print and digital formats, creating healthy cooking videos, conducting Safer Spring Break outreach, and providing HIV test counseling.
Students who apply and are accepted will receive training through a 3-credit course offered through the Department of Biobehavioral Health in Fall 2015. This course is designed to train peer health educators on health issues and health promotion theories and strategies for college students.
Volunteering in HealthWorks helps prepare students for careers in public health, nursing, nutrition, medicine, advertising and public relations. Students can learn more about HealthWorks and apply online at http://studentaffairs.psu.edu/health/wellness/healthWorks.shtml.
Linda LaSalle, Ph.D. Associate Director
University Health Services
Penn State University