Peer Health Educator Topic Teams
Healthy Cooking Club
The Healthy Cooking Club hosts interactive cooking sessions where students are able to participate in preparing a meal (appetizers, main course, and dessert) and enjoy social time with other club members. All students are welcome, regardless of your skill level in the kitchen!
The sessions are held Wednesday nights from 5:30-7:30pm. Most meals are $10. Students are not required to attend every session. Each week’s meals feature a different theme. Examples of past themes include Mediterranean, comfort food with a healthy twist, a multicultural holiday feast, sushi, and a Thanksgiving session for students unable to return home for the holiday.
The Healthy Eating team helps to promote the importance of healthy eating and shares information on strategies and recipes that are both delicious and affordable.The team has coordinated the #QueensFoodChallenge, handed out healthy granola during Healthy Heart Week, and has collaborated with the AMS Food Bank to prepare healthy recipes with items available at the centre.
Leave the Pack Behind
Leave The Pack Behind (LTPB) is a tobacco control program that offers young adults smoking and quitting information, personalized support, and quitting resources – all for free! The topic team is not unique to Queen’s but is offered on post-secondary campus across Ontario.
The LTPB team at Queen’s holds weekly booths throughout the school year, which provides information for both tobacco users looking to quit as well as those looking to support a friend who is looking to quit. Check back this September for a schedule of the booths for the Fall 2016 term.The team is responsible for running several contests throughout the year which offer prizes to students who have reduced their tobacco use or quit completely, as well as for non-smokers.
Mental Health and Stress
Student life can be stressful, and the Mental Health and Stress team helps provide tips and activities for students to help them manage their stress. They hold events on campus that help students learn stress management techniques and participate in stress reducing activities.Many students on campus participated in the “Pop Your Stress Away” event that the team planned. Students were able to visit the team’s booth to learn about managing stress during midterms and resourced that are available on campus to help. They were also able to write what was stressing them out on a balloon, and then pop it as a stress-busting activity.
The Physical Activity team helps promote the importance of physical activity and organizes events for students to have fun while being active. In collaboration with Residence Life, the team organized free Zumba classes which were open to all students living in Residence. They also hosted a Sculpt and Tone Class at the ARC for Healthy Heart Week.
Run Club is open to all students of all skill levels and experience. The club meets every Monday and Wednesday evening for runs on and around the Queen’s campus. Runs vary in length and difficulty, and are tailored to meet different skill levels. Membership is $10.00 per year. Run Club also hosts special events and guest speakers so students can increase their knowledge on proper running techniques and how to train properly.
The sexual health team organizes events and educational campaigns to provide students with accurate information on sexual health and sexuality.The team created a poster campaign for Movember to increase awareness of men’s sexual health. You may have also seen them around campus during one of their condom-candy giveaways.
Sleep is the newest topic team and outreach will begin in the 2015-2016 school year. Stay tuned for more information!
This team is responsible for ensuring that the program’s events and updates are widely shared on social media so students are kept up to date on what we’re doing on campus.They help support any social media challenges organized by other topic teams, and also help to support and promote Movember.