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Peer Health Educators

Peer Health Educators are a group of students from a variety of backgrounds with a common interest in promoting health and wellness.

What Do Peer Health Educators Do?

peer health educatorsEach week the students meet to discuss relevant health issues on campus and plan programs to address these issues. Students are required to participate in 30 hours of outreach activities each semester. Topics for outreach range from stress management, sexual health, nutrition, alcohol and other drugs, and physical activity to name a few.


Peer Health Educator Programs

Signature Initiatives

Health Hut
Find the Peer Health Educators (PHEs) in the Library Café on a weekly basis promoting health and wellness on a variety of topics, where students can engage with the PHEs, ask questions, and learn about the topic of the week. Some topics include healthy sleeping behaviors, health benefits of journaling, safer spring break, and many other topics.

Free Barrier Friday
The PHEs promote safer sex by providing free access to barrier methods in Frank on Fridays during lunchtime, such as outer condoms, inner condoms, dental dams, and lube.

Weekly Health Tip
The PHEs put together health tips that focus on small, simple behaviors that can make large impacts on health and well-being, which are posted weekly outside of Shaw. Some of these include "Healthy Snack Ideas," "7 Ways to Reduce Stress," and "Surviving Spring Allergies."

 Other Initiatives


The benefits of journaling Anxiety Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) Using your 5 senses to fall asleep Eating Disorder Awareness
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The Benefits of Journaling

From the Huffington Post:
Just a few minutes a day to...
  1. Stretch your IQ
  2. Help achieve your goals.
  3. Improve your emotional intelligence
  4. Strengthen your self-discipline
  5. Improve your communication skills
  6. Help heal
  7. Spark your creativity
  8. Improve self-confidence


Anxiety affects 18.1% of adults in the United States, which is approximately 40 million people between ages 18 and 54 (NIMH). You are not alone!

Ways to help:
  • Take deep breaths
  • Limit caffeine and alcohol intake
  • Exercise
  • Surround yourself with a positive support system
  • There are many resources on campus to help you!
    • Deans office hours (M–F, 1p.m.–4p.m.)
    • Residential life: Community leaders and residential fellows
    • Shaw Wellness Institute: 315-228-6403
    • If anxiety persists and consistently disrupts daily functioning, contact the Counseling Center.

Seasonal Affective Disorder

What is it? A type of winter depression that occurs during the same season each year, usually due to lack of sunlight. Sometimes called winter depression or seasonal depression.

Treatments: Rent a "happy" light from Shaw Wellness (under 113 Broad St.), the counseling center, or the Office of International Student Services. Exercise. Eat a healthy diet high in antioxidants and vitamin D.

Use Your Five Senses to Fall Asleep

  • Sight: Turn off lights and any distracting screens and/or try an eye mask.
  • Hearing: Use a white noise machine to block out external noises, or try ear plugs.
  • Taste: Try warm chamomile tea or milk before bed.
  • Touch: Use soft sheets and a comfortable pillow.
  • Smell: Lavender may help to promote sleep.

Eating Disorder Awareness

The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders estimates that clinical eating disorders affect 10–20% of female-identified and 4–10% of male-identified university students.

According to a semi-annual survey conducted by the American College Health Association, 44% of college women are dieting to lose weight, and 27% of college men are dieting to lose weight.

Fight the stigma. Reach out for help. Support one another.

Coping with an eating disorder:
  • Establish a support system of friends and family.
  • Know your limits. Allow yourself to be involved without being stretched too thinly.
  • Practice healthy ways of coping, such as journaling or taking a walk.
  • Identify safer spaces on campus, e.g. the counseling center, health services, academic support and disability services, and the registered dietitian and dining services.

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Peer Health Educators take a one credit hour PE course within a year of joining the group. The course covers a variety of topics that are relevant to college student health and wellness. Meeting twice a week, students participate in lively discussions on health topics while learning how to create fun, interesting, and meaningful health promoting programs.

Throughout the year students are able to participate in a variety of trainings including CPR, Safe Zone, QPR, and many others.

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