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Health Education Office

Whether it is a program request or needing information on Alcohol and the body, you can find it when you visit us at www.healthedu4unk.org and explore all that the UNK Health Education Office has to offer.

The Health Education Office was established in 2002 and commissioned with the task to Engage, Educate, and Empower students on how to make wise choices when it comes to alcohol & tobacco use, healthy relationships & eating. Our vision is to see the University of Nebraska Kearney become the healthiest campus in the state. Through grant funding, the UNK Health Education Office is able to provide FUN alternative late night activities, educational presentations, and a number of programs to the UNK student body, helping to make this happen. Consider joining our student organization and apply today and become a part of our team.

Peer Health Education

Peer Health Education is an official UNK student organization under the direction of the Health Education Office. It is advised by the Multimedia Specialist of CHC and a team of student volunteers who are excited about making a difference on campus.

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Peer Health Educators
Peer Health Educators are UNK students who have dedicated time and resources to our ongoing educational efforts on campus. The number of students actively involved with our program varies from semester to semester, typically ranging from, but not limited to 3-6 students per semester.

Engaging Students
Today's students are anything but conventional; they belong to the largest generation in American history, known as Millennials. What truly defines this generation is their shared experience with the rapid increase in technological advances. With tools like iPods, social networking, and text messaging, a new kind of student has arrived on campus. Millennials spend almost 15 hours a day interacting with various media and communications technologies, and are efficient at multitasking, consuming 11 hours of media in a six hour span. In addition to their love for technology they have strong desires to stay connected to friends and family while on campus. Much of what we do at PHE is unconventional as compared to other student organizations in order to reach this ”new kind of student.”

Students involved in PHE benefit greatly from our hands on practical approach to educating students on how to make wise choices. Finding areas that are of interest to them and relevant to their field of study provides students the experience they need to persist at UNK. This allows us to contextualize our messages to a mass audience while still maintaining a level of authenticity. This is evident in our students learning skills that range from public speaking to website development. Students are also encouraged to take part in the development programs as no message is disseminated without the students’approval. This ensures that it is relevant, effective and non-threatening to the student body.

Using current trends and technologies to stay connected, our program meets students where they are at, making it easier to educate and encourage them on wise decision making. In 2011 at the Nebraska Collegiate Consortium held in Lincoln, NE, guest speaker Peter Lake reaffirmed our approach when he stated,

Students are disengaged and poor planners, so how do we engage them? We need to craft a master plan that provides students with anexperience which gives them purpose. We need to connect their values with things they can do on campus.