Health Promotion and Wellness is now accepting applications for peer educators

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania – Health promotion and well-being (HPW), a unit of Penn State Student Affairs, is currently accepting applications for HealthWorks, an outreach and peer education program designed to promote healthy behaviors among University Park students. Applications for the 2020-21 academic year are currently being accepted until February 28.

HealthWorks offers two unique opportunities for students interested in health and wellness to get involved on campus. These opportunities include facilitating individual wellness services with peers and holding educational workshops and awareness events. During the application process, interested students will have the opportunity to prioritize the opportunity that interests them the most.

Participation in the program implies a commitment of three semesters (one semester of training and two semesters of service). For this reason, students who wish to apply should plan to graduate in fall 2021 or later.

Training for the program requires the completion of a three-credit course in bio-behavioral health, which is offered during the fall semester. Topics covered in the course include alcohol and other drugs, sexual health, nutrition, physical activity, sleep, stress, and other health topics relevant to the college population. There are no prerequisites to register for the course.

After successfully completing the training course, students complete 45 hours of service each semester. Students participate in one of two sets of service activities: 1) providing free wellness services on stress and time management, physical activity, nutrition, sleep, sexual health and healthy relationships; or 2) organizing educational workshops and other health promotion initiatives (e.g. Love Your Body Week), staffing awareness tables, participating in healthy cooking demonstrations, writing content for Healthy Penn State’s social media and providing advice on HIV testing.

“Being a part of HealthWorks has been one of the most rewarding experiences I have had here at Penn State,” said Christine Woods, a junior specializing in immunology and infectious diseases. “This unique opportunity allows me to connect with my colleagues and delve into the world of health and wellness. Beyond that, HealthWorks has taught me marketable skills in leadership, communication and holistic wellness that I am grateful and delighted to apply not only during my remaining time at Penn State, but later in my professional career. “

For more information on HealthWorks, including an application to apply, visit HPW’s HealthWorks Web Page.

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