Wellness Education Programs
*NOTE: During the Spring 2013 semester, the P.A.W.S will not be available for programming on Tuesday evenings until 9pm.*
Pride’s P.A.W.S. is available to deliver fun and interactive health and wellness programs and workshops in the residence halls, classrooms, or anywhere on campus.
Please fill out the online program request form and your submission will be forwarded to the Health Educator. The Health Educator will respond with the status of your request within 5 business days.
All requests MUST be made 2 weeks in advance. Request made without 2 weeks’ notice will be asked to reschedule. You can request programs here.
Below is a list of programs provided by Pride’s P.A.W.S.:
AA: Alcohol Awareness: This program looks at different types of alcohol and the impact it has on the body. Common myths about alcohol will be dispelled through interactive games and educational activities using the Fatal Vision Goggles. Participants also learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of alcohol poisoning and how to help.
City Limits: A dynamic and interactive look at how stereotyping and hurtful language can negatively impact the appreciation of diversity. This program is designed to be a fun and competitive game where participants get a first-hand look at the different challenges in today’s society regarding diversity.
Cosmo Girl: This highly interactive program looks at how body image is impacted by the media, peers, and society. Participants play fun games that reveal the truth about body image issues and promote healthy body image and esteem. Though this program is designed with female participants in mind, it can be modified for co-ed or male audiences.
Did You Ask?: This program educates participants on the realities of sexual assault through an open and interactive discussion and activities. Participants learn what constitutes consent, dispel myths regarding sexual assault, and how to help a friend.
Dip & Dont's: An interactive program on dip and tobacco use which teaches participants about cessation techniques, statistics, and addiction. Participants move through the program in smaller groups to play games that increase the fun and educational experience.
Eat This, Not That: This program educates participants on the importance of eating a healthy and balanced diet. Participants will learn the MyPlate guidelines, appropriate portion sizes for both food and drinks through a series of interactive events.
Fake it Til You Break It: This program is to inform the student body of the policies and risks associated with illegal consumption, purchasing, and distribution of alcohol and possession of a false identification through a series of interactive, fun activities. Participants will move through scenarios in their residence hall room, the Townhouses, off campus, downtown Springfield, and the Respite Center.
Girls Night Out: This workshop addresses being a buddy to each other, making smart decisions about which actions to take to avoid dangerous situations, understanding limits and following limits, and planning ahead for designated drivers.
Good Vibrations: This presentation creates a safe and appropriate space for participants to discuss alternative forms of sexual expression, abstinence, and various safety concerns regarding the use of sex toys. The program includes activities which discuss the importance of communication, lack of awareness in safety concerns, educational exploration of the toys regarding appropriate use and safety concerns, and finally participants will evaluate marketing and packaging for toys geared towards males vs. females and discuss gender norms. This program is limited to residence halls with students classified as Junior and Seniors only.
Healthy Relationships: Through role playing, quizzes, and other games participants learn the foundation for a healthy relationship, whether it be with a friend, family member, or romantic partner. Participants will also be able to define some of the symptoms of an unhealthy relationship through these exercises.
Hula Hooping: A fun and energetic program that lets you feel like a kid again! Using specially weighted adult hoops, participants will work their core, exercise their cardiovascular system, stretch, and even learn a few hooping tricks. Hula Hooping is a great way to incorporate physical activity into your day in a fun, interactive way. This program can accommodate up to 14 participants.
Let’s Talk About Sex: This educational and entertaining program takes participants through different game stations to evaluate their personal values and experiences regarding sexual behavior. Participants will be able to make educated decisions about sexual activity as they explore contraceptives, sexually transmitted diseases and infections, and correct ways to use barriers such as condoms.
Man Cave: There are many ways to define and examine what it means to be a man on this campus and in society today. This workshop set out to educate students on masculinity, language used against women, and how to keep your masculinity and still stand for what you believe is right.
Safer Sex: This program introduces the idea of safer sex to reinforce that there are physical and emotional risk associated with all intimate acts. Participants learn the difference between “unsafe sex,” “safer sex,” and “abstinence” in this frank and interactive program that is designed for upperclass students. Methods of protection, options for those practicing abstinence, and sexually transmitted disease and infection information are provided.
Stressed Out!: This program addresses something all college students feel – stress! – and teaches them how to manage it in a healthy way. Participants will examine what really stresses them out, learn techniques to manage their stress levels, find healthy ways to de-stress, and tips for time management. Stressed Out! leads participants from stressed to de-stressed in a funny, frank, and interactive manner.
Wash Your Hands!: This program sets out to educate participants on proper hand washing techniques and how to reduce their risk for exposure to germs. Participants learn the difference between bacteria and viruses and the proper way to use alcohol-based hand sanitizers with fun demonstrations.
Weekend Wipeout: Through interactive small group stations, participants learn the realities of alcohol and drinking. Participants are challenged to understand the standard size of various drinks, experience the visual impairment of alcohol with the Fatal Vision Goggles, and debunk the myths while better understanding the facts about alcohol in the body.
Yoga & Meditation: This program expands the idea of “yoga for everyone.” Yoga has stigma attached to it and this program aims to dismiss this from the group’s heads and instill upon them a respect and intrigue into the world of Yoga. This program involves basic yoga along with a meditation exercise.