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ATTENTION ACTIVITY PLANNERS!

Need to organize an 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 U.Va.’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 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
  • Challenge myths and misperceptions
  • Receive factual, up-to-date health information and resources in the community presented by comprehensively trained paraprofessionals hosted at your facility

Current Outreach Topics Include…

Apples to Apples: Addresses healthy eating guidelines and active living.

The presentation includes: 1) tools 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; 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: Addresses alcohol, illicit drugs, misuse of prescription drugs, OTC drugs, and tobacco product use.

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 about how to help an intoxicated friend.

Sexfest: Addresses sexual health concerns STIs, contraception, and consent.

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.

Outreach includes: 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; 5) how to achieve a healthy night’s sleep; 6) facts about 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 - 60 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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