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Wellness Education and Promotion

Classroom Workshops

The Wellness Education and Promotion Program provides classroom workshops on a variety of health-related topics that are relevant to the lives of college students. Our workshops topics include Condom Use and Safer Sex, Understanding Unhealthy Relationships and Building Healthy Relationships, and Breast and Testicular Cancers and Self-Examinations. If you know of a specific date you will not be available to teach a class, call the Wellness Education and Promotion Program to schedule a classroom workshop during that time. Learn more about our workshops below, and if you would like to schedule a workshop for your class or club, contact us.

Condom use and Sex

This interactive workshop includes a discussion about the common barriers to condom use, and the advantages and perceived disadvantages of using condoms. Participants learn about the effectiveness of condoms, types of lubricant, the different types of condoms available, and about female condoms and dental dams. The workshop includes an activity that allows students to practice correctly putting condoms onto condom demonstration models, and when time permits a follow-up activity during which students are divided into groups and provided with scenarios dealing with condom negotiation skills in relationships, and are asked to determine how they would handle various situations. This workshop includes an anonymous pre-and-post-test evaluation for students to complete.

HIV/AIDS: Dispelling Myths and Misconceptions

In this workshop students will be able to clarify misconceptions about the HIV/AIDS virus, identify HIV/AIDS routes of transmission, and learn preventive methods to reduce the risks of getting or transmitting the HIV/AIDS virus This workshop will also teach students the importance of knowing their status and provide resources on HIV/AIDS testing sites in the city. 

Self-Care: Breat and Testicular Self Exam

Breast cancer is beginning to affect women younger and younger, and 1 in 7 women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. Testicular cancer affects men, most often, between the ages of 15 and 35. Early detection is key, and abnormal masses are often detected during self-examinations. During this workshop, students will learn how to perform a monthly breast and testicular self-examination using breast and testicular demonstration models. Each small group within the class will have a chance to practice this important skill on a model. Students will also learn about annual gynecological visits, during which females are given a clinical breast exam by a physician or nurse practitioner, and the importance of men having regular check ups with a general practitioner, which also includes a clinical testicular exam. This workshop includes an anonymous pre-and-post-test evaluation for students to complete. 

Nutrition 101

People often confuse the word “diet” as a change in eating behavior when in fact “diet” is what we eat at any given point in time. In this workshop, students will be asked for a 24-hour recall of what they have had to eat. The responses will be grouped into the different parts of the Healthy Food Plate and will be evaluated on its healthiness and how to make it healthier. The six essential nutrients will be discussed, highlighting the benefits of eating a well-balanced diet. Students will also be given tips on how to eat healthily on and off campus, offering different options that are within a half-mile radius. This workshop includes an anonymous pre-and-post-test evaluation for students to complete.

Health at Every Size: Health and Nutrition Series

The Health at Every Size Is a peer reviewed curriculum developed to educate others on adopting a weight neutral approach towards health, thereby filling a void in health curriculum at colleges, universities, and professional training programs. This curriculum is designed to teach the following Health At Every Size (HAES®) principles:

  • Accepting and respecting the diversity of body shapes and sizes.
  • Recognizing that health and well-being are multi-dimensional and that they include physical, social, spiritual, occupational, emotional, and intellectual aspects.
  • Promoting all aspects of health and well-being for people of all sizes.
  • Promoting eating in a manner which balances individual nutritional needs, hunger, satiety, appetite, and pleasure.
  • Promoting individually appropriate, enjoyable, life-enhancing physical activity, rather than exercise that is focused on a goal of weight loss.

* These can be requested individually or as an entire series.

HEAS PT 1- What does Health at Every Size Mean?

Overview of the Health At Every Size Paradigm

  • Participants will be able to describe the drawbacks of a weight-centered approach to health.
  • Participants will be able to recognize the multi-dimensionality of health and the limited role of diet and exercise on health outcomes.
  • Participants will be able to define the Health At Every Size paradigm.
  • Participants will be able to explain the differences between a diet and a non-diet approach to wellness.
  • Participants will be able to examine the scientific research that supports non-diet approaches.

HEAS PT 2- Developing a Healthy Relationship with Food and Exercise

  • Participants will be able to describe the differences between internal and external cues to eating.
  • Participants will be able to utilize the hunger and fullness scale to guide eating timing and amounts.
  • Participants will be able to describe the benefits of mindful eating.
  • Participants will be able to apply strategies to eat more mindfully.
  • Participants will be able to explain the differences between extrinsic and intrinsic motivators for physical activity.

HEAS PT 3- Size Acceptance

  • Participants will be able to define body image.
  • Participants will be able to describe characteristics of negative and positive body image.
  • Participants will be able to identify the influences of body image.
  • Participants will be able to provide examples of size discrimination.
  • Participants will be able to list strategies to fight against size discrimination and advocate for size acceptance.

Understanding Healthy and Unhealthy Relationships

During this workshop on healthy and unhealthy relationships, students learn about the elements that make relationships healthy and unhealthy. We discuss how to build healthy relationships and healthy behaviors within a relationship, such as maintaining separate identities, effective communication, trust, honesty, and mutual respect. We discuss ways in which unhealthy elements within a relationship may be improved with healthy communication. The discussion also includes how modern technology such as facebook, text messaging, e-mail and twitter affect relationships, and can lead to unhealthy situations within relationships. Students are divided into small groups and provided with relationship scenarios. They are asked to determine how they would advise a friend to handle each situation. The class discusses each situation as well as possible solutions within each scenario. The class also provides an overview of the different forms of intimate partner abuse and violence-- physical, psychological, verbal, emotional, financial, and sexual abuse, and signs of an unhealthy or abusive relationship.