UHS is accepting applications for Peer Educators for the Healthworks Program

I just wanted to remind you all that HealthWorks, a peer health education outreach program in University Health Services, is currently recruiting student volunteers to become Peer Health Educators for the 2017 – 2018 academic year. Thank you for promoting this opportunity to students and please continue to encourage them to apply.  The deadline for applications is March 3, 2017. 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.

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.  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 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, facilitating workshops on different health topics 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 2017. The 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.

Please share this information and the attached flyer with your undergraduate students. Students can learn more about HealthWorks and apply online at http://studentaffairs.psu.edu/health/wellness/healthWorks.shtml.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via e-mail at slj18@psu.edu or by phone at (814) 863-0461.  Thank you in advance for your help in our recruiting efforts.

Warm regards,

Stacy Jones
Coordinator, Educational Services & Dietitian
University Health Services
Penn State University

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