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ATTENTION ACTIVITY PLANNERS!

Need to Organize a FOA for your Fraternity or Sorority?

Need to Fulfill the Health & Wellness Requirement for your Residents?

Need to Keep your CIO Updated with Important Health Knowledge?

Peer Health Educator (PHE) Outreach presentations are offered to any organization in the University community, though the majority of requests are generated from fraternities, sororities and resident advisors seeking to fulfill UVA’s FOA (Fraternal Organization Agreement) requirements and Health and Wellness requirements, respectively. Outreaches are designed and intended to provide general information and further resources on several health topics that are of particular importance to our college community.

The Benefits of Participating in a PHE Outreach:

  • Explore pertinent and current Health and Wellness issues facing members of your Community challenging myths and misperceptions
  • Receive factual, up-to-date information regarding services and Health & Wellness resources in the Community presented by comprehensively trained paraprofessionals hosted at your facility
  • Obtain current information and knowledge about relevant health resources available to your members on grounds

Current Outreach Topics Include…

Apples to Apples: An Outreach about healthy eating guidelines and decisions to promote overall Health & Wellness.

The Nutrition Outreach provides students with information and tools to foster healthy eating habits and an active lifestyle. The presentation includes: 1) providing tools for students to achieve a balanced diet, in spite of the limitations of the college lifestyle; 2) a fact/myth nutrition game; 3) an explanation of USDA's "My Plate” guidelines; and 4) activities discussing how to interpret a nutrition label; 5) how to choose healthy meals in dining halls or common Corner restaurants and 6) relevant resources available on grounds are also provided.

Buzzed: An Outreach pertaining to Alcohol, Illicit Drugs, Misuse of Prescription drugs, OTC drugs, and Tobacco product use.

The use and abuse of Alcohol, Drugs & Tobacco products’Outreach provides students with information that will equip them to avoid high-risk behaviors and misconceptions regarding these substances. The presentation includes: 1) a fact/myth card game; 2) a discussion on University policies and resources; 3) an explanation of the different classes of commonly abused drugs and their effects on behavioral responses; 4) an audience led activity on how to estimate drink size using the traditional solo cup; and 5) a skit that addresses how to help an intoxicated friend.

Sexfest: An Outreach concerning current Sexual Health concerns affecting our College community.

The Sexual Health Outreach provides students with information that will enable them to make safer & better Wellness choices about their sexual practices. The presentation includes: 1) a card game to acquaint the audience with sexually transmitted infections including the transmission, symptoms, and resources available for testing; 2) a discussion on various contraceptive options available; and 3) an audience led activity on correct condom use.

Trouble in the Bubble: An Outreach concerning Sleep and Stress Management and their impact on overall Health & Wellness.

The Stress Management Outreach discusses: 1) how to differentiate good stress from bad stress; 2) an activity followed by a discussion on techniques to cope with stress; 3) signs that indicate stress is approaching dangerous levels; 4) resources available on grounds for students impacted by a high stress lifestyle; 5) how to achieve a healthy night’s sleep; 6) factors presenting the importance of sleep; 7) and a fact/myth game regarding both sleep and stress.

How to Schedule a PHE Outreach Presentation:

Contact the current PHE Outreach Coordination Intern at uva.pheoutreaches@gmail.com. You will be asked to provide the name of your organization, desired date, time, location and the preferred Outreach topic.

Please be advised that a lead-time of two weeks is needed to schedule a presentation and that each Outreach presentation is designed to be approximately 45 minutes in duration.

What participants are saying from the 2013-2014 Outreaches…

Apples to Apples

“The PHE presenters did an excellent job of engaging the audience and creating a comfortable, conversational atmosphere.”

“I think the message of balance and moderation was very well articulated and a great point for our group.”

Buzzed

“Information was new and very useful in changing the beliefs we had based on common myths.”

“The red solo cup presentation for estimating drink sizes was great.”

Sexfest

“Every interactive part of the Outreach was engaging and effective.”

"The PHEs were very personable and created an open environment to ask questions"

Trouble in the Bubble

"This was a great FOA - useful and informative!"

“The entire Outreach was immensely helpful – about sleeping, healthy eating, and stress relieving techniques and options.”

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