HealthWorks application deadline approaching

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State students who are interested in promoting health among their peers can apply to participate in HealthWorks, a student peer education and outreach program within University Health Services (UHS). Membership applications will be accepted through March 1 for the 2013-14 school year.

Community Health Educator Kimberly Liao oversees the program and encourages students to apply. “HealthWorks is a fantastic opportunity for students to develop communication and leadership skills.” She adds, “If you’re passionate about helping to create a healthier Penn State community, becoming a HealthWorks member is a great way to get involved.”

HealthWorks is a three semester commitment with one semester of training and two semesters of service. Training includes a three-credit class through the department of biobehavioral health (BB H) during the fall semester. Course topics include health promotion theories and strategies, and health issues including alcohol and other drugs, sexual health, nutrition, physical activity, sleep and stress. Weekly meetings and outreach activities continue during the spring semester.

HealthWorks activities include Safer Sex Parties, HIV test counseling and outreach activities to raise awareness about topics like flu prevention, sustainability and body image. Past projects have included campus walking maps (http://healthypennstate.psu.edu/downloads/walkingmaps/StudentHealthCenterMapFinal.pdf), healthy cooking tutorial videos (http://healthypennstate.psu.edu/nutrition_resources.shtml) and a healthy options cookbook featuring fresh produce (http://www.healthypennstate.psu.edu/downloads/healthworks_cookbook.pdf).

Students can learn more about HealthWorks and apply by visiting http://studentaffairs.psu.edu/health/wellness/healthWorks.shtml.

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Last Updated February 13, 2013