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Peer Health Educators 2019-2020


The Peer Health Educators (PHE's) are undergraduate students who are highly trained in various health-related topics, especially those that are pertinent to college students at AU. They can provide your class, residence hall, organization, etc. with a variety of health education programs and workshops.

**Please give 2-3 weeks' notice when planning a workshop for your group.**

**All workshops below are one hour unless otherwise noted.**

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Alcohol and Other Drugs

Alcohol Abuse and Staying Safe

We know that more than three-quarters of AU students drink regularly. And while moderate alcohol consumption is safe, binge drinking is not. These workshops will address how drinking can be dangerous to your health and safety, strategies for safe drinking, and what to do if you think someone drank too much. 

Other Drugs 

Alcohol isn't the only drug used on college campuses. The use of marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy, and other drugs happens often, too, as well as the misuse of prescription drugs. These workshops will address the dangers of using drugs, mixing them together, and using them in conjunction with alcohol. Because there is a lot of information about each different type of drug, please specify which you'd like to focus on in your request. 

Become a Sex Wonk

Sex Jeopardy

How much do you really know about sex? This interactive workshop will explore several different sexual health topics, such as birth control, STIs, protection, sexual health in the LGBTQ community, alcohol and sex, and more. By the end of the game, you'll be a sexpert.

Contraceptive Workshop

Condoms, the pill, IUDs, the implant... These days, there are so many different forms of birth control. What's the deal with all of them? In this workshop, attendees will explore how each method works and will have a better idea of which one would be best for them.

Mental Health & Emotional Well-being


An integral component to stress management is self-care. This interactive workshop will address the importance of practicing regular self-care and will include activities that help students discover areas of their life that need more attention, negative parts to cut down on, and what type of self-care is best for them.

Stress Management

With all the pressures and time demands of being a college student-class, work, internships, student organizations, etc.-stress levels can increase rapidly. And too much stress is not a good thing. This workshop will focus on the detrimental health effects of consistently high stress as well as tips on how to manage and decrease it.

Body Image

This workshop will create the space to talk about body image issues and the detrimental effects of negative self-talk. By the end of this workshop, we hope attendees will feel empowered to love and accept their bodies. Because hating it is one of the most unhealthiest behaviors of all.


Sleep is absolutely crucial to overall wellness, but it is often overlooked as other activities are given higher priority. This workshop will adress just why sleep is so important and will help attendees achieve optimum sleep health.