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). Students can apply starting Feb. 1. Membership applications will be accepted through March 4 for the 2016-17 academic year.
Current HealthWorks member Rebecca Skotek, a senior nutrition major, encourages students to apply. “HealthWorks is a wonderful opportunity for students to promote healthy behaviors amongst our peers throughout the Penn State community. By participating in the various campaigns around campus, HealthWorks members gain communication and leadership skills, as well as experience in marketing and health promotion. Because of the skills I’ve gained through HealthWorks, I will be more prepared for my future career in nutrition.”
HealthWorks is a three-semester commitment (one semester of training and two semesters of service). Training includes a three-credit class through the Department of Biobehavioral Health (BBH) 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. During spring semester, weekly meetings will be held and peer educators participate in programming and outreach activities.
HealthWorks activities include health education workshops, HIV test counseling, and health promotion campaigns to raise awareness about topics like stress reduction, sustainability, and body image. Ongoing projects include healthy cooking videos, The Body Monologues, Healthy Penn State blog posts, social media, the Fitness Challenge, and Safer Spring Break initiative.
Students can learn about and apply for HealthWorks by visiting http://studentaffairs.psu.edu/health/wellness/healthWorks.shtml.