Educational Programs

The Office of Health Advancement's goal is to educate, empower, and energize students to thrive through a balanced lifestyle. One way this idea is promoted is through educational programming. We offer a broad range of interactive and educational programs for students that are available throughout the year. We can schedule a time to present our programs in dorm halls, classrooms, clubs, teams, and fraternities or sororities. If you would like us to create a more personalized or specific program, we are more than willing to work with you. If you would like to schedule a presentation, we ask that you contact the Office of Health Advancement at 994-4380

Sleep

For many students, balancing school, work, and extracurricular activities can often result in sleep being put on the back-burner. This program allows students to discuss and learn about sleep patterns, why sleep is important, and how to ensure they are getting their best night's rest. Students will be able to participate in active discussion as well as activities such as mapping out their sleep schedule, practicing relaxation techniques, and talking about common barriers to getting a good night's sleep. 

Nutrition & Eating out: Staying Healthy On-The-Go

This program focuses on how students can eat healthfully while in college. Topics include, healthy snacks on the go; eating out at restaurants, fast food chains, and in the dining halls (healthier options, key words to look for on menus, healthy indulgences, etc.); and nutrition resources available for FREE on campus. Activities incorporated into this program include group discussions, making a healthy snack, build a burger, fast food menu swaps, and a word scramble. This program is sure to be useful, fun, and educational for MSU students.

General Wellness

General wellness can be a very broad topic, ranging from physical health, to mental health, to occupational and spiritual wellness. During this workshop, students learn about and explore the seven aspects that encompass general health, and learn what areas of their life they are excelling in and what areas could use more attention. Students will have the opportunity to learn from staff members through discussions, hands-on activities, and self-reflection activities. 

Alcohol

Some students may be experiencing alcohol for the first time once they get to college. Our goal is to prepare students to have the necessary knowledge and skills to feel comfortable refusing alcohol if they choose not to drink, or ways to stay safe if they do choose to drink. Students will learn about alcohol's effects on the mind and body, consequences that can come from excessive drinking, as well as ways to maintain a safe BAC. Students will have the opportunity to wear drunk goggles and perform standard DUI tests, practice performing the Bacchus maneuver, and many other engaging and entertaining activities. 

Body Project: You Are Enough

Body image has been a hot topic in the media lately, with people around the world speaking out against unrealistic ideals that are broadcast through television, music, movies, magazines, and other media outlets. The Body Project brings that dialogue to Montana State University through a peer-led workshop for women. The workshops consist of two separate meetings, and creates a safe space to discuss personal struggles with body image, why the thin-ideal is unrealistic, and how we can empower ourselves and other women to love our bodies. 

Mental Illness Awareness

Millions of people around the world live with a mental illness, including anxiety, depression, substance abuse and eating disorders. College is a stressful time for everyone and some of the first symptoms of mental illness are seen around age 18-25. This program aids in the education of mental illness, how to overcome the stigmas surrounding mental illness, recognizing warning signs and provides resources that are available to someone suffering with a mental illness. Students will have the opportunity to role play through difficult conversations and situations that may arise when talking about mental illness, as well as discuss the stigma behind mental illness.

Sexual Health: Hook-up Culture Perceptions and Relationships

This program explores the fluid perception of the hook-up culture on college campuses. As a group, students will define what "hooking-up" means to them, explore how it is advertised in the media and discuss the effect that it can have on their emotional state. Students will also examine the dynamics of healthy relationships and have the chance to practice reacting to a diverse range of relationship scenarios incorporating concepts such as peer pressure, communication, and bystander intervention. 

Stress

Stress is a part of everyone's lives, especially college students. During the stress program, students will learn the difference between positive stressors and negative ones, how the body reacts to stress, how to tell if they are experiencing too much stress, and how to cope with it. Students will be able to take away many relaxation techniques and time management strategies to help them keep their stress to a minimum.

Condom Bingo

Condom Bingo is an exciting and educational program that teaches students about sexually transmitted infections, birth control methods, healthy relationships, and many other sexual education facts. Students play along with a bingo card, while program coordinators read a definition or fact. Students will be given an opportunity to share what they think the answer is, and then have the answer given to them. Multiple rounds are played, and the bingo winners will receive prizes. Everyone who participates has the opportunity to take free condoms, as well as sexual health educational materials and resources.

 

Student Health Advisory Committee

The Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) is a small group of students who are committed to improving health resources for students on the MSU campus. Membership is by application only, making this a small, dedicated group of people who care about the health of our fellow students. We work closely with the Student Health Service to provide health information for students, including sexual health, tobacco, alcohol and other drugs, mental health, nutrition, and other preventative healthcare. In the past, SHAC has participated in campus health fairs and has worked on many activities in conjunction with the Office of Health Advancement, including the Relaxation Room and the Condom Fashion Show. SHAC also conducts a survey every semester in order to gather student input on the quality of healthcare being provided by different departments within the Student Health Service. For more information, or to apply to be a member of SHAC, please send us an email at msu.shac@gmail.com.