Husker Health Hub peer educator raises awareness for college stressors

The Nebraska Medicine University Health Center peer educators host weekly educational tables on how to live a healthy lifestyle. 

This weeks topic is about stress management.

Coloring books and Play-Doh mixed with essential oils were provided to students in order to help relieve stress and anxiety.

“We want to promote and target college stressors such as stress,” Cadence Giazzon, junior peer educator, said. “It’s also important for us to make the student body aware of all the health services the university has to offer.”

Past events included topics such as drugs, alcohol, nutrition and sexual health. 

Sometimes the topics are set each week, other times each peer educator group gets to pick the topic they want to promote to students on campus.  

Peer educators strive to support the mission of Nebraska Medicine – University Health Center. They are chosen undergraduate students at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Often, they are comprised of students from varying academic majors, backgrounds, perspectives and life experiences, according to the University Health Center website. 

“I wanted to be a peer educator because I’m passionate about public health and this gives me great experience in that field,” Brady Caverzagie, senior peer educator, said. 

Events take place at the Massengale Residential Center on Tuesdays from 6 to 8 p.m and Selleck and Abel/Sandoz Dining Hall on Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. Also, Thursday and the Village Residential Hall from 6 to 8 p.m. and the College of Business from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 

This weekly event has varying locations, times and days in order for students to have easy access to learn and talk about certain issues, but the same peer educators are at the same location each week. 

“Having the same people at the same location each week allows us to build connections with our peers and also allows other students to see familiar faces each week,” Giazzon said. 

The peer educators are also reaching out on social media such as Twitter and the campus Snapchat to promote events and increase student involvement during the year. 

“Usually this is the first time students are on their own and it can be kind of intimidating making and going to doctors appointments by yourself at first,” Caverzagie said. “We want to make students aware of what the health center offers and are comfortable going if needed.”

 

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