Thursday, September 22, 2016

Let's Talk About Consent

In our society today ‘consent’ is sometimes a scary word. Consent means a lot of different things to different people. It can mean awkwardness, a roll of the eye, scared, court, a sexy question, etc. A lot of times, consent is seen as the feeling we have towards the notion of consent. But here is what consent actually means a freely given, clear, unambiguous agreement between the participants to engage in sexual activity. This basically means, AGREEING to any form of sex at your own FREE WILL, saying a verbal “YES!’. It’s NOT coerced, physically or verbally. Consent is NOT the absence of ‘no’, which means, if someone doesn’t answer you it’s a ‘no’ because they are nervous or they aren’t conscious enough to give an answer. Which is another thing, for someone to give consent, they must be sober. So their judgement is not impaired in anyway and they can give you verbal agreement.  Now I get it, understanding consent can be tricky and hard to grasp at times so here is an example of consent that everyone might understand better.

Sex is like Pizza! Yes, I said it, PIZZA! When you want to order a pizza with a friend, roommate, significant other, or a stranger you ask, “Hey, what do you want on it?” or “What size of pizza do you want?” they usually give you a clear answer on what they want or say, “anything BUT (insert nasty pizza topping here).” They, FREELY, give you a CLEAR answer of what they want and what they don’t want. So, together, you come up with a pizza that you both agree on and ‘BAM!’ you both enjoy your pizza together because it was something you both wanted and agreed upon. So you may ask, “What if they are unsure on what they want or they don’t know if they even want pizza anymore?” Then you don’t get to order pizza and you don’t get to make the decision for them. They are allowed to be unsure or change their mind.

Consent looks similar to deciding on a pizza with someone. You ask what they want, what they like, what they don’t like, etc. Just like sex, you want to ask the other person, what they like, what they don’t like, if they want to have sex or if they don’t want to have sex. What makes sex so much fun and beautiful is that BOTH people are participating and wanting it. Some tips on how to gain consent are, ASK THEM. You know what is powerfully sexy? Someone who asks me if they can kiss me. That means they have respect, knowledge of common courtesy, and know what consent is and how to ask for it. So just ask and enjoy all the pizza in the world together!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Stress & Time Management: The Basics

Do you need help getting more value out of your time? Would you like to improve your quality of life? Time management is your answer! Time management is a set of principles, practices, skills, tools, and systems that work together to help you get more value out of your time with the aim of improving the quality of your life. By following a few simple guidelines, you can take control of your time and achieve your goals.

There are 60 seconds in a minute, 60 minutes in an hour, 24 hours in a day, and 168 hours in a week. However, it is not necessarily about how much we have, but rather the way in which we use it. It is important to note that time cannot be saved or stored. The bottom line is how well we use it.

  • Goal setting
  • Planning
  • Prioritizing
  • Decision making
  • Delegating
  • Scheduling

Plan Each Day
Planning your day can not only help you accomplish more, but also make you feel more in control of your life. Make a list of everything you need to accomplish for the day. Be sure to keep a schedule of your daily activities to minimize conflicts and last minute rushes.

Some questions to think about when you are planning your time are:
  • Do you need time to prepare for studying?
  • What time of the day do you study best?
  • Do you plan out what you are going to study first?
  • Do you stick to study priorities once you set them up?
Prioritize Your Tasks
Time consuming, but relatively unimportant tasks, can consume a lot of your day. When prioritizing your tasks, ensure that you spend your time and energy on those tasks that are truly important to you by numbering each of the components in order from most to least important.

Here are some questions to consider when prioritizing your tasks:
  • What items must be done today?
  • What items can be rescheduled?
  • What can be delegated?
  • Which tasks most closely match my priorities and goals?
  • Which items can be eliminated?
Delegate Your Tasks
Take a look at your to-do list and consider what you can pass on to someone else. Is there someone else who has (or can be given) the necessary information to complete the task? However, it is important to be conscious of your timelines/deadlines and your expectations or goals for the project when delegating a task.
Limit Distractions
Block out time on your calendar for big projects. During that time, close your door and turn off all electronics to avoid distractions from your friends, family, or work via texts, phone calls, e-mails, etc.

Some of the most common distractions people report are:
  • E-mail
  • Phone calls and/or text messages
  • Internet
  • Other people
  • Work environment
  • Tiredness
  • Noise
Get Plenty of Sleep, Have a Healthy Diet and Exercise Regularly
A healthy lifestyle can improve your focus and concentration, which will help improve your efficiency so that you can complete your work in less time. Eating a balanced diet, exercising at least 60 minutes per day, and sleeping 7 to 9 hours each night can really help!

Say No to Nonessential Tasks
Don’t take on more than you can handle. Be sure to consider your goals and daily schedule before agreeing to take on additional work.

Here are some statements that are beneficial when turning down a task, job, invitation, etc.:
  • “I appreciate that you thought of me, but I cannot do…”
  • “I respect the fact that you want me to attend; please respect the fact that I cannot.”
  • “I am touched that you invited me, but I must decline.”
  • “I would love to, but my schedule will not allow it.”
  • “Although that sounds great, I can’t give it 100%, so, I must pass.”
Poor time management skills are often a direct result of procrastination. A basic definition of procrastination is putting off the things that you should be doing now. Try to beat stress by living a more organized life!

Steps to curing procrastination:
  • Identify your goals--both short term and long term.
  • Reward yourself when you have completed a goal. For example, if you study for 2 hours, take a 30 minute walk outside.
  • Know when to ask for help from professors, friends in class, RA’s or other on-campus services such as the Counseling Center, Career Services, HERC, or the Student Success Center.
  • Handle big projects or papers in steps. No need to tackle it all in 1-2 days.
  • Carry and utilize a planner.
  • Start NOW!
The Health Education Resource Center wants to help you in reducing some of the stress of midterm week, exams, and college life! We will have stress balls, sleep kits, healthy recipes, and relaxation coloring sheets available for all students to use and take with them. See below for the dates and times!
  • October 10th: Bridge Lounge of the MLK Union from noon to 3 PM
  • October 11th: Lawson Hall lobby from noon to 3 PM
  • October 17th: Pavilion between Klehm & Lumpkin Hall from noon to 3 PM
  • October 18th: Thomas Hall lobby from noon to 3 PM 
Request a time management presentation today and the HERC staff will come to you! Whether it is for a residence hall, a Registered Student Organization, class, or other groups, the staff will provide tips, information, and interactive discussions about good time management habits. Visit and fill out the form under “Request Form.”

If you feel as though you need to speak to a counselor, please contact the Counseling Center at (217) 581-3413 or stop by the Human Services Building. If you would like to make an appointment to see a medical provider, please contact the Health Service at (217) 581-3013 or visit

Monday, September 12, 2016

Improving Your Sleep Environment

As adults, you would think that we would all have the whole sleep thing handled by now. But in reality, sleep is a major problem for many students. In the age of technology, there can be many different aspects that can distract us when we are trying to go to sleep.  Strolling through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and back to Facebook is a common nightly routine for many college students.
Being new on campus means that you are getting use to a different environment and new routines. One of the most important things about being back at school is adjusting to your sleep environment.  Talk to your roommate or the people you live with about the ideal sleep environment to ensure a good night's rest!

Below are some quick tips on how to create a better sleep environment! This improvement can make all the difference!

What can I change within my bedroom to create a better sleep environment?
  • Your bedroom should be a quiet, dark, and relaxing environment that is neither too hot nor too cold.
  • If sunlight is an issue for you, try room darkening curtains.
  • Remove all TVs, computers, and other “gadgets” from the bedroom.
  • Try turning your notifications off. The alert sounds may keep you awake longer.
  • Your bed should be comfortable and used only for sleeping and not for other activities, such as reading, watching TV, or listening to music
  • Refrain from late-night snacking in bed, or eating a large meal. Crackers and small amounts of water are recommended to have if you need a snack before bed.

If you would like more information about Sleep, you can attend one of our open sessions called Snoozing Like A Panther:

September 14th at 5:30  in the MLK Union: Greenup Room

October 17th at 6:30 in the MLK Union: Martinsville Room

You may also contact the HERC's Health Promotion Coordinator, Bree Rehor, at (217) 581-7786, or

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Peer Health Education: Helping, Educating, Advocating, & Learning Through Health

The Peer Health Education program provides an opportunity for students to promote positive lifestyle choices among fellow students as well as sharpen, practice, and develop professional skills.
What is a Peer Health Educator?
A peer educator is a BACCHUS certified student who facilitates the raising of awareness, the learning of knowledge, and change of behaviors concerning health and wellness. These actions often occur in individual, small group or large scale settings that involve a variety of instructional methods. Peer Educators are students just like you going through the same college experience!
What do Peer Health Educators do at EIU?
Peer Health Educators reduce high risk drinking, create awareness about the dangers involved with irresponsible drinking, educate on the legal and social consequences of drinking, supply hands-on and interactive demonstrations on the effects of intoxication, condom usage, and other risk management programs, provide knowledge and tools to make responsible decisions regarding wellness, facilitate behavioral meditation and help with self-defeating behaviors, instruct on protection methods regarding sexually transmitted infection and unplanned pregnancies, and conduct research for health programs utilizing the latest technology available.
Reasons to be a Peer Health Educator
·         To be happier and healthier
·         To boost your resume
·         To be a positive role model
·         To gain confidence
·         To gain presentation skills
·         To practice leadership & teamwork skills
·         To gain motivational interview experience
·         To be more involved here at EIU
Join today!
If you are interested in becoming a Peer Health Educator, come to the first meeting on Wednesday, August 31 at 7:30 PM in the Greenup Room of the MLK Union. You may also visit and fill out the application form under “Organizations.” If you have any questions, please contact the Health Promotion Coordinators via e-mail at or or call (217) 581-7786.


Monday, August 22, 2016

Health Service & HERC: What can we do for you?

First and foremost, welcome back, Panthers! We are so excited for another great year here at Eastern Illinois University. As you start classes, meet new friends, and experience campus life, be sure to keep your health and wellness in mind. Lucky for you, EIU Health Service offers convenient care right here on campus!

EIU Health Service

The Clinic is dedicated to providing student-oriented primary care and health education through medical services and a variety of programs. With 22 full-time professional staff, Health Service offers a wide variety of services including: acute and chronic care, women’s and men’s general and sexual health, prevention, free flu shots, sports medicine, travel consultations, mental health services, nutritional counseling, TB screenings and testing, educational programs, as well as public health interventions. Together, the Health Service strives to meet all of students’ medical needs on campus in a conveniently located, top notch facility!


Primary Care
EIU students are able to visit the Health Service for all of their primary care needs. Whether a sore throat, cough, cold, or many other illnesses, the student may see a provider free of charge! Health Service providers are dedicated to ensuring that all students are Healthy Panthers!

Women’s Health
The Health Service makes women’s health appointments easy and convenient. Licensed providers offer a wide range of services including, but not limited to: pap exams, breast exams, contraception consults, common vaginal infection testing, medication refills for established patients, as well as sexually transmitted infection testing, counseling, and treatment.

EIU Pharmacy
EIU Pharmacy provides students with medications prescribed by Health Service providers, private physicians, and dentists. The pharmacy also carries a variety of over-the-counter medications so students don’t have to leave campus! Aside from prescribed and over-the-counter medications, the pharmacy also offers other personal items. Some of those items include: emergency contraceptives, lip balm, condoms, first aid supplies and more! Students may pay via cash or bill the charges to their student account.

The Health Service also has a Radiology Department. This department offers digital x-rays with a radiologist’s interpretation, electrocardiograms and rhythm strips with a cardiologist’s interpretation, and digital x-ray images on CD.

There is a state certified lab located on campus, within the Health Service! All orders for lab tests must be written on a prescription pad printed with the physician’s name, address, phone number, as well as fax number. All orders must be signed by the ordering physician.

Health Education Resource Center (HERC)
The Health Education Resource Center serves as a resource for students, faculty, and staff by providing programs, campaigns, interventions, and one-on-one consultations regarding health related topics. The HERC offers health programming in the areas of alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention and education, flu and cold prevention and education, nutritional analysis and education, and sexual health education, in addition to many other health related topics.

Making an Appointment
Physicians and other medical professionals at the Health Service are seen through appointment only. Students may visit and make an appointment using the MyHealth Portal. Students may also call 217-581-3013 to make an appointment or go to the Health Service and speak with an Appointment Clerk.

Cost of Services
General medical visits, health assessments, special programs and educational resources are provided to students at no cost! The Health Service is funded through the student’s tuition/fees, which supplements funding for primary care visits to the Health Service and Health Education programs. This funding also helps keep additional service fees low!

Additional Service Fees
Charges apply to all specialty visits including: women’s and men’s health, nutritional/dietary, psychiatric, travel consults, and employment physicals. Charges and low service fees for lab, x-ray, immunizations, etc., including charges for pharmacy medications, may be billed to the student’s university account or paid by cash. A list of additional charges is available at the Health Service or online at

Student Insurance Coverage at Health Service:
Students who are covered by the Student Insurance Plan have coverage for most service charges at the Health Service. Students also benefit from reduced charges, without a deductible. The Student Insurance Plan also provides coverage for medical services off campus.

“98% of students tell us they had convenient appointments. Of those, 90% say they waited less than 10 minutes.”


The Health Education Resource Center (HERC)

As a branch of the Health Service, the HERC strives to prevent and reduce health risks and illnesses that interfere with academic performance, learning, student retention, & personal growth opportunities. The Health Education Resource Center serves as a resource for students, faculty, and staff by providing programs, campaigns, interventions, and one-on-one consultations regarding health-related topics. The HERC offers health programming in a wide variety of areas. The best part? Most of our services are FREE to students!
Alcohol & Substance Abuse
Alcohol prevention, intervention, and recovery work is completed through this office. The HERC offers a Collegiate Recovery Community, on campus, for EIU students. Please visit the website for additional information,
There are multiple programs that focus on risk factors and prevention associated with substance abuse. The programs educate students on the effects of alcohol and drugs, along with possible perceptions. Additionally the HERC implements and manages the required online training for all incoming and first time students, called AlcoholEdu.

EIU is a tobacco-free campus! The Health Education Resource Center provides education and intervention strategies on tobacco use. Freedom From Smoking clinics are available on campus to students, faculty, and staff at a low cost. To learn more or to sign up, visit Registration is required.

Schedule an appointment today to discuss your current sleep habits! The HERC staff can provide tips and information to enhance the quality and quantity of sleep. Also offered are presentations that focus on healthy sleep habits. Through these presentations, students learn about healthy behaviors to ensure proper sleep habits.

The HERC offers a three-part nutritional assessment conducted by the Nutrition Promotion Coordinator. Using current intake, general information is provided about your eating patterns to improve nutrition and overall lifestyle. There is also a Registered Dietitian on staff to work with students with nutrition-related health conditions as well as weight management concerns.

Sexual Health
Students can choose to meet one-on-one with the Sexual Health Educator to discuss ways to reduce risky sexual behaviors or complete the online sexual health assessment. All consultations are confidential and free to students.

Peer Health Education
Students have the opportunity to make a change on campus by becoming a Peer Health Educator. Through Peer Health Education, students are trained through the national BACCHUS network to educate the campus on health-related topics. These topics include, but are not limited to: alcohol, tobacco, cold and flu, sexual health, nutrition, stress, and sleep. Through Peer Health Educators, students gain leadership skills, teamwork building and have an opportunity to build their resumes. But most importantly, Peer Health Educators promote a healthy EIU! For more information or to get involved, e-mail or, or call 217-581-7786.
Some of the programs and presentations offered include:
  • What is Consent?
  • Snoozing Like a Panther
  • EIU StepsUp!
  • Kognito                                    
  • AlcoholEdu
  • Collegiate Recovery Community
  • Healthy Cooking 101
  • EIU Moves
  • Rubber Lovers
  • Freedom From Smoking
For more information, to schedule a consultation, or to register for a program, please call (217) 581-7786, email, or visit


Monday, August 1, 2016

EIU Health Service Laboratory

The laboratory at Eastern Illinois University’s Health Service is located on the first floor of the Human Services Building in the South Quad. The lab is staffed by full-time certified medical technologists and phlebotomists.
A wide variety of lab tests are performed at EIU Health Service Laboratory. Some specimens collected on-site at the lab are sent off-campus for testing. Physicians not employed by EIU Health Service may also order lab tests.
  • Blood glucose tests
  • Chlamydia tests
  • Complete blood counts
  • Drug tests
  • Flu tests A & B
  • GC tests
  • H. Pylori tests
  • Mono tests
  • Occult blood
  • Pregnancy tests
  • Rapid strep A screens
  • Sed rates
  • Sickle cell tests
  • Throat cultures
  • Urinalysis
  • Urine cultures
  • Yeast and BV
Most laboratory results are available in 24 hours. Students may view their in-house lab results by visiting the MyHealth tab in PAWS or by logging in to the online portal. All laboratory results for student patients of legal adult age are confidential. No one, including parents, may obtain test results without written consent from the patient.
Most in-house laboratory tests are performed at a minimal expense to students. Laboratory services are primarily supplemented by the Health Service student fee and most charges are covered by Student Insurance. Tests sent to the reference laboratory are not covered and the student will be charged. Students may pay for laboratory services not covered by the student fee via cash or billed to the student’s university account.
  1. Arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled appointment to check in at the front desk
  2. Follow all instructions given to you by the lab tech during testing
  3. Let the phlebotomist/lab tech know if you have a history of fainting during blood testing
  4. Let the phlebotomist/lab tech know if you are nauseous, dizzy, or feel faint the day of your test
  5. Let the phlebotomist/lab tech know if you have given blood within the last 2 weeks
  6. Do not use throat lozenges prior to a throat culture; it may alter the results
  7. Do not touch the lab techs while they are performing a procedure
  8. Do not urinate prior to an appointment requiring a urine specimen
  9. Do not hold your breath while having blood drawn
  10. Remain still during a phlebotomy; arm movement may cause the needle(s) to come out
The labs hours are Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM during the academic year. Summer hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 AM to 4:30 PM and Friday from 8 AM to noon.
For additional information or questions, please contact the Health Service at (217) 581-3013, e-mail, or visit

Monday, July 25, 2016

EIU Health Service Radiology Department

The Radiology Department at Eastern Illinois University Health Service is located on the first floor of the Human Services Building. It is staffed by one full-time registered Radiographer (X-Ray Technologist) and one part-time Radiographer. Both are licensed by the state of Illinois.
The Radiology Department of Health Service offers the following services: digital x-rays with a radiologist’s interpretation, electrocardiograms (ECG or EKG) and rhythm strips with a cardiologist’s interpretation, and digital x-ray images on a CD.
Special procedures ordered by an EIU Health Service provider will be scheduled with other health care providers. Please contact your insurance provider regarding payment coverage.
  • One full-time radiographer (X-Ray Technologist) is employed by the Radiology Department. This technologist is specifically trained in obtaining quality x-rays, monitoring equipment performance, and insuring patient safety.
  • Lead aprons (shields) are used to protect reproductive organs for most procedures, except in cases where shielding would interfere with the exam.
  • The radiographer will request a detailed medical history of the reason for an x-ray, before the x-ray procedure is performed. For females, this will include whether or not there is a chance of pregnancy, as x-rays may pose a risk to the unborn fetus.
  • The x-ray machine is designed to prevent leakage of radiation. Special cones are used to confine the area exposed to the x-ray beam and aluminum filters have been added to the machine to remove even more radiation.
  • The Illinois Emergency Management Agency-Division of Nuclear Safety inspects all x-ray equipment annually.

Students may pay via cash or they can be billed through their EIU student account. X-rays are $30 per exam when ordered by a staff physician. There is an additional charge of $5 per CD of digital x-ray images. Electrocardiograms (ECG or EKG) are $30 per visit.

May I come into the Health Service and ask for an x-ray without first seeing a doctor?
No. Only a medical doctor can order x-rays. When you come into the Health Service, the nurse will document your condition and make an appointment with a physician if necessary.

Why are my x-rays sent to a Radiologist?
All EIU x-rays are reviewed by a Radiologist, a physician who specializes in interpreting x-rays. Most Radiology reports are available within 2 business days.
What is the difference between a Radiographer and a Radiologist?
A Radiographer is a person trained in the use of x-ray equipment and the positioning of patients for x-ray procedures. A Radiologist is a physician who specializes in interpreting x-rays.
What happens to the x-rays after the technologist takes the picture?
X-rays taken at the Health Service are the property of Eastern Illinois University. X-rays are a permanent part of the patient’s electronic medical record.
Why do I need to remove body piercings?
The metal rings or posts may interfere with the x-ray procedure. This depends on the part of the body being examined, so please inform the technologist if you have any body piercings.
Why do I have to hold my breath during an x-ray?
When a person breathes, his or her body moves. Motion creates a blurry x-ray image. When a person holds their breath, the body doesn’t move, making it easier to obtain a clearer image.
Does the Health Service Radiology Department offer mammograms, ultrasounds, CT’s, or MRI’s?
No. The Health Service Radiology Department does not have the required equipment to perform these procedures. If a staff physician orders one of these tests, we will be glad to schedule it for you at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center or another health care facility. Please contact your insurance provider regarding payment coverage.

The Clinic’s hours are Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM during the academic year. Summer hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 AM to 4:30 PM and Friday from 8 AM to noon.

For additional information or questions, please call the Health Service at (217) 581-3013, e-mail, or visit