Category Archives: Volunteer/Service

HealthWorks: Peer Health Education Outreach Program

HealthWorks, a peer health education outreach program in Health Promotion and Wellness, is currently recruiting student volunteers to become Peer Health Educators for the 2020 – 2021 academic year. The deadline for applications is February 28, 2020. Students from all majors are encouraged to apply.

Volunteering in HealthWorks helps prepare students for careers in public health, allied health fields, nursing, nutrition, medicine, advertising, and public relations.

HealthWorks peer educators work to address college health issues at Penn State, including stress, nutrition, physical activity, sleep, and sexual health.

Students have two different opportunities for promoting health among their peers: 1) One-on-one wellness services for students 2) Outreach and promotion through workshops and initiatives.  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.

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 and Instagram, hosting Eating Disorder Awareness and Love Your Body week, creating healthy cooking videos, conducting minority health outreach tables, 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 2020. The course is designed to train peer health educators on health issues and health promotion theories and strategies for college students.

Students can learn more about HealthWorks and apply online at https://studentaffairs.psu.edu/health-wellness/healthy-living/volunteer-experiences-health-and-wellness/healthworks.

If students have questions, they can contact me via e-mail at promotinghealth@psu.edu or by phone at (814) 863-0461.

Summer 2020 Experience – Stony Brook Heights Rooftop Farm

Summer Experience of The Farm
We are looking for dedicated volunteers to assist with maintaining our Stony Brook Heights Rooftop Farm! Volunteers will experience all aspects of urban agriculture and sustainable farming.

The 37 bed rooftop farm is a symbol of our nutrition philosophy and our goal to change the culture regarding food and eating habits –that is to eat a variety of whole foods with an emphasis on fresh and organic produce. The farm typically yields approximately 1500 pounds of produce per year that is donated to the Stony Brook Medicine hospital food service, campus food pantry, and other local agencies.

Volunteers will also assist with kids “farm-to-table” cooking workshops during the summer season.

For more information, please email:
Annemarie Ng MS, RD (annemarie.ng@stonybrookmedicine.edu)
Cara Montesano MS, RD (Cara.Montesano@stonybrookmedicine.edu)

NUTRITION TAs Still Needed for Spring Semester

You can earn 400-level supporting course credit for serving as a TA (Teaching Assistant) for any nutrition course. Being a TA can also be a valuable learning experience for undergraduates and one that you can definitely include on your resume. By assisting with the grading of assignments, students will also get a better understanding of their chosen field and the nutritional value of foods. Additionally, helping run a course may broaden your perspective for those thinking about teaching as a career option, whether it be in the classroom or within a clinical setting.

NUTR 100Nutrition Applications for a Healthy Lifestyle (3 cr. GHW) is a newly-revised introductory nutrition course for students who are not majoring in HHD. Both sections needing TAs meet in Thomas 101. Course meeting times this spring are:

  • Sect 002 meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:05-4:20 a.m.
  • Sect 003 Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 3:35-4:25 p.m.

NUTR 251-Introductory Principles of Nutrition (3 cr.)
For students majoring in Nutrition, Kinesiology or other health sciences.

  • Section 002 meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
    from 2:30 – 3:2o in 112 Chambers.

Students who commit to being a NUTR TA will be asked to:

  • Attend course lectures and assist with in-class activities for large groups of students (requires 3 hours per week)
  • Grade 4-5 out-of-class assignments spread over the semester with at least 2 weeks between them (requires an additional 5-6 hours per assignment)

Student TAs must have completed NUTR 251 with a grade of B+ or better to TA for NUTR 100. If interested, please contact Dr. Adams (cca5153@psu.edu).

PRCC Social Justice Retreat 2020

The Paul Robeson Cultural Center Social Justice Retreat will take place January 31 – February 2, 2019 at an offsite location. Social justice includes a vision of society in which the distribution of resources is equitable and all members are physically and psychologically safe and secure. It also involves social actors who have a sense of their own agency as well as a sense of social responsibility toward and with others and the society as a whole.
At this retreat students will learn how to be change agents, advocates, and/or allies in their communities through a social justice lens. Details to come once the application closes! Application can be found at http://bit.ly/SJRPRCC

During this retreat we will be providing lodging (you will be sharing rooms with others) and food throughout the weekend. If you have any questions pertaining to the retreat or are experiencing any technical difficulties, please e-mail Ishbel J. Correa-Narvaez at ijc14@psu.edu.

Join the Student Nutrition Association (SNA) & Start Networking!

The Student Nutrition Association (SNA) will be holding its first meeting of the new academic year this Thursday, September 12th @ 7 p.m. in 10 Henderson Building. Meet other students majoring in nutrition and the new officers while you help plan for fun-packed Fall activities.

Professional Headshots will be available for $5….so be sure to wear a professional-looking top. The resulting photo will be very handy for creating professional social media sites.

Health & Wellness Coalition – Applications Due Sept. 27

Student Affairs’ Health Promotion and Wellness (HPW) is searching for students to participate in a new Health & Wellness Coalition for the 2019-2020 academic year. The deadline to apply is September 27th. Penn State students from all majors and minors are encouraged to apply.

The purpose of the Health & Wellness Coalition is to examine student health data and identify goals and strategies to improve the health and wellness of Penn State students.

As a member of the Health & Wellness Coalition, you will participate in several planning sessions/retreats, assist in campaigns across campus, assess data, and identify strategies. Students will work alongside health promotion staff. Being a member of the coalition is a great opportunity to contribute to creating a healthy campus culture, especially in helping reduce the impact of dangerous drinking.

If selected to be on this coalition, you must be able to commit to at least the fall and spring semester. Requirements include attending 3-4 monthly planning sessions in fall semester and 1-hour monthly meetings in spring semester.  Dates and times of all planning sessions and meetings will be determined based on student availability.

To apply, fill out the Health & Wellness Coalition form at  https://tinyurl.com/y3kotx5k or on the Student Affairs website by September 27th. If you have questions, stop by 001P Intramural (IM) Building, call 814-863-0461, or e-mail Linda LaSalle at lal5@psu.edu.

The Health and Wellness Coalition is funded by a grant from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.

Become an Ambassador for Healthy Penn State!

Apply by Friday, Sept. 6 at https://studentaffairs.psu.edu/healthypsu.
Healthy Penn State Ambassador

Join the Lion’s Pantry Team!

The Lion’s Pantry is looking for a Treasurer to join their student leadership team: the Treasurer oversees our ASA account and budget for the organization. They must record all financial transactions for the club. Potential candidates should be meticulous, organized, and detail-oriented. They must be responsible and honest. The attached flyer provides contact information for interested students.