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
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 www.eiu.edu/herc and fill out the application form under “Organizations.” If you have any questions, please contact the Health Promotion Coordinators via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or call (217) 581-7786.