Tips for Healthy Programming
Why? Because healthy
students are happy students.
the spice of life. So next time you offer food, think of an alternative to
- Try a sandwich platter
or check out other catering options like Evos, the healthy fast food
around town. You could also try Med Deli, Weaver Street Market, or other
- Help students get their
fruits and vegetables throughout the day by offering fruit and veggie
- Check out nutrition
programming ideas in the Health Programming Guide – Nutrition.
- Just need some light
snacks? Use cereal or popcorn instead of chips.
- Consider offering water
and fruit juice as an alternative to cokes and sweet tea.
- Check out the Program
Food Ideas page for more suggestions, or contact a nutrition staff at Campus Health Services at email@example.com.
what programs to offer? TALK TO
- Find out what their
interests and needs are. Do they have topics that they want to learn more
about? Are there safety, health, or academic issues that need to be
discussed? Do they need help with budgeting or time management? Have you
talked about social justice, attitude, self-esteem, conflict resolution,
assertiveness, or volunteering?
- Browse through the Health Programming
Guide to see what programs are available for you to present and
contact Wellness if there is a topic you would like more information about or
if you would like Wellness to conduct a workshop with your residents.
- How will you make it
interactive and engaging?
- When presenting,
acknowledge and respect community norms.
- When designing programs
with sensitive subject matter, make sure to avoid scare tactics. Inflicting an emotional response is not
the way to sustain behavior change.
- After you complete a
program, get feedback on what students thought about the content,
messaging, and resources offered in the program. Looking for an
evaluation template? Check out our evaluation on Student Voice.
easy being green… or is it?
of a healthy lifestyle includes actively pursuing sustainability efforts with
our environment. Here are some ideas for promoting this effort. We also
encourage you to think of your own!
- Ask students
to bring their own utensils, plates and cups to events with food.
plastic bottles and paper products - and try to limit them by using reusable
containers, like pitchers, to hold drinks.
creating an electronic presentation and emailing it to students. If you must
create a handout, make it double sided.
- Promote the
benefits of biking and walking to places nearby. Taking a bus is another great
option for transportation.
students to think before they print when doing a reading assignment.
just talk about being active - do it! Have
a dance party. Set up a trail walk/run. Have a pogo stick contest or limbo! Do
something fun to get people up and moving!
kickball or an intramural
sport as a hall. Rumor has it that inner tube water polo is awesome!
an active lifestyle for your residents. If they see you being active, it may
encourage them to think about being more active too.
out more information about staying active from http://campusrec.unc.edu.
about sex (baby).
you choose to provide a program on sexual health education, wellness can help. Check out our sexual health portion of the Programming Guide.
- We have
condoms, lube, dental dams, and informational handouts. Want some for your
program? Fill out the online request form with details
about what you’d like.
you do choose to provide the program yourself, great! Here are some tips:
- Explain the
content of the talk/presentation so all participants know what to expect.
your assumptions. Are you assuming everyone is sexually active? Not practicing
safer sex? Holding a certain sexual orientation?
handouts and giveaways to everyone, not just individuals.
heterosexism with your language and materials.
- Talk about
abstinence. Define it and include it as a viable option.
Contact a CHECS counselor at Wellness at CHECS@unc.edu.
- We also have great
games and activities, including those on the Health Resource Guide – Sexual Health and more.
- If you don’t feel
comfortable doing the program on your own, partner with another
floor! If you still don’t feel
comfortable, our CHECS counselors will come speak to your group. Request our assistance using our outreach request form.
and your residents some R&R with information about stress reduction,
sleep, and relaxation.
- Take residents to a
yoga class or do some deep relaxation exercises in your hall.
- Promote healthy
sleeping habits, and try to get as much sleep as you can too!
- Use the Health Programming Guide – Stress for activities and a presentation.
- Consider a discussion
about what influences students’ drinking habits and discuss alternatives
to this behavior. The Health Programming Guide – Alcohol and Other Drugs offers activities
and a ready-to-go presentation!
- Playing drinking games
with non-alcoholic beverages reinforces playing those same games with
alcoholic beverages – binge drinking of any sort is not healthy!
- Avoid making statements
that make it seem like everyone drinks. In fact, nearly 30% of Carolina students
choose not to drink.
- Have questions? Contact
an Alcohol and Other Drugs Intervention Specialist counselor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
students know who to call for help and resources.
appropriate promote Wellness Services. Wellness offers services
that Wellness is here for you. We encourage you contact us if you need ideas
for programs or more healthy tips. You can acquire answers to your questions
and access our resources by calling us at 919-966-3658 or sending us an email