Peer Health Educators reach thousands of students

Submitted by gallagm7 on Thu, 07/25/2013 - 2:47pm

Western's Peer Health Educators, volunteers who lead public-health related programs on campus with the goal of enhancing the health of Western's community, contributed a total of 12,067 volunteer hours during the 2012-13 academic year. 

The volunteers made contact with 7,984 students and provided 460 classes or appointments with groups or individuals. 

Finally, the students provided 161 outreach events. 

Some of the classes, group sessions and outreach programs included: 

  • Alcohol Risk Reduction groups. 
  • One-on-one sexual health sessions withSTI and HIV information or female health information, typically done during women's first annual exams at the Student Health Center. 
  • Red Cross CPR/First Aid certification classes. 
  • Sexual health workshops: "What's Up with Hooking Up," and "Cookies and Condoms." 
  • Violence prevention and healthy relationship promotion workshops: "Women's Self Defense," "REALationships and Gender Mending," and "Night of Testimony" for survivors of sexual assault and their allies.
  • Activity promotion: "Fall Fun Fitness Fridays," and Yoga and Zumba events. 
  • Stress Management: "Take a Break and Reflect" activities during dead week. 
  • Collaborative activities: "Body Pride Week," "Western Women's Festival," and "Unbound," a popular event with a variety of students speaking on the topic of body image.
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