USC Peer Health Educators: Making Changes for the New Semester

Lauren Pelo-2015 Viterbi Life 0 Comments

Happy hour? At the health center? Count me in! This may not be your typical “happy hour,” but I can promise you it is a ton of fun (and free)! This week, the Peer Health Educators and The Office of Wellness and Health Promotion launched their first happy hour event of the year.

Rather than focusing on mainly sexual health, the Peer Health Educators have decided that this year we will focus on mental and physical health as well. We are still performing anonymous HIV tests and volunteering in the Office of Wellness and Health Promotion to answer any questions, but now we’re holding weekly “happy hours” to reach an even larger crowd than previous years.

 

The Office of Wellness and Health Promotion (OWHP).

The Office of Wellness and Health Promotion (OWHP).

The happy hours each week are mini workshops… Definitely not your typical restaurant happy hour! This week, we had a workshop on making healthy snacks followed by Vinyasa Yoga. Of course, after making the healthy snacks, we got to eat them. Food is always enough to sell me to come! We made hummus from scratch, mini wraps, and put together pretty fruit and veggie plates. We also made chocolate covered strawberries, and strawberries are fruits… so they’re healthy, right??

 

We are planning to have these Tuesday Happy Hours every week. They will differ in focus from week to week, but we will always have yoga following the workshop because one of the Professional Health Educators, my advisor, is licensed in teaching yoga. These workshops will mainly focus on stress management, adapting to college and living on your own, healthful living, and anything else along the line of living a stress-free and happy life.

 

One of the new Peer Health Educator shirts for this year!

One of the new Peer Health Educator shirts for this year!

 

I am really excited for this year in Peer Health Educators because I think that we are offering a lot more to students than we did last year. Even if someone doesn’t want to attend the workshop, who wouldn’t want a free snack or meal while they’re waiting for a prescription on a Tuesday night at the Student Health Center? I hope that these happy hours continue the good showing that we had this week! Anyone is welcome to stop in for as little or as much time as they would like. For me, this is going to be my perfect Tuesday night study break!

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