Student health outreach program seeks new members

HealthWorks, a peer education outreach program in University Health Services (UHS), is accepting applications for the 2010-11 academic year. Applications are due March 15.

All students who are interested in health promotion, education, or advocacy are encouraged to apply.

"HealthWorks is an excellent opportunity for students who want to make a difference in the lives of their peers," said Linda LaSalle, associate director of educational services. "These students make Penn State a healthier institution."

HealthWorks educators sponsor University-wide outreach events and advocate for health both around campus and within the larger community for at least one year after completing a training course. Members develop social marketing techniques that help educate Penn State students about important wellness issues, such as nutrition, sexual health, sleep, stress, physical activity, and alcohol and other drugs.

Training includes a 3-credit biobehavioral health (BBH) class in the fall which addresses health behavior theory, health promotion strategies, and health issues relevant to the college population. Peer educators earn additional credits each semester they volunteer.

"HealthWorks has provided me with so many great experiences," said current peer educator Katie Jiunta, senior, BBH. "I have been able to meet new people with interests similar to mine, while learning skills for a future career in health promotion." She added, "I believe we are making a difference in the health of Penn State students."

To apply to be a HealthWorks Educator or for more information, visit http://www.sa.psu.edu/uhs/wellness/hw.cfm online, or stop by Promotion and Wellness, 201 Student Health Center, on Penn State's University Park campus.

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Last Updated April 28, 2010