Meet a New SWAT Member

Meet Brooke!

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Brooke Boegli

 

Brooke is a freshman  Marketing Major from Brodhead, Wisconsin. Brooke’s main project with SWAT is social media. Her favorite healthy snack is a  banana with peanut butter. Her favorite way to exercise is the BUTTS AND GUTS! cardio class. If Brooke were a crayon she would be Pixie Powder, and an interesting fact about her is that she has two middle names.

 

What is S.W.A.T?

The Student Wellness Advocacy Team (SWAT) is a group of peer health educators who educate the campus on health and wellness topics such as stress management, sexual health, nutrition, and more.  We are interactive, fun, and can tailor our materials to your group’s needs.  We also do health advocacy work on campus in an effort to make UW-Eau Claire’s campus a healthier place for learning and living.

 

How did you learn about the job opportunity?

I learned about the job opportunity through the online campus job board. I had no idea what a “Peer Health Educator” was so I clicked on it to learn more.  After reading the job description, I thought, “Hey, I could do this.” So I applied and did not regret it!

  What made you want to be a part of the SWAT Team?

I am the odd ball of the group in that my major is not in the health field. As a Marketing Major, I was drawn to the job as an opportunity learn and do something new. I really did not know anything about the topics that they covered, but I was willing to learn.

 What does the SWAT team even do?

  The SWAT Team promotes health and wellness on our campus through different programs and events. We are known for playing Condom Bingo in the dorms; it is a great way to learn about sexual health and have some fun at the same time! We also facilitate the classes for those found in violation of the alcohol policy in the dorms. Additionally, we present on different health topics such as “Balanced Life” or “Nutrition 101” and many more. 

What are the hours like?

One of the best parts about being on the SWAT Team is that the hours are super flexible! You have two office hours once a week, and then programs scattered throughout the week. You get to pick and choose when you want to work based on your schedule for that week.

 What is the work environment like?

The other members of the team are awesome, they are so open and welcoming. We have all become good friends and hangout outside of the office. If I have a question on anything I know that I can ask them without judgement. We can deal with some serious stuff, and we handle it in a professional manner, but we also have a lot of fun when it is appropriate.

  What is your favorite part about being a part of the SWAT Team? 

My favorite part about SWAT other than working with amazing people and learning new things is that I have been able to become involved with the social media and marketing aspect. It allows me to do something related to my major that I really enjoy, while helping promote SWAT at the same time.

Don’t be afraid to apply even if your major is not health related, everyone can find something that they are interested in!

 

 

Considering applying to be a part of the SWAT Team or just want to learn more? Check out our page:

https://www.uwec.edu/SHS/SWAT/about.htm

 

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Meet a New SWAT Member

Meet Ashlea!

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Ashlea Orth

Ashlea is a junior from Farmington, Minnesota studying Women’s Studies with an LGBTQ certificate. Ashlea loves doing Condom Bingo with SWAT, and is currently learning the other programs we offer! Her favorite healthy snack is fruit parfaits and she loves going to group fitness classes on campus to exercise. If Ashlea were a crayon she would be Mountain Meadow, and an interesting fact about her is that she has traveled to 34 states!

 

What is S.W.A.T?

The Student Wellness Advocacy Team (SWAT) is a group of peer health educators who educate the campus on health and wellness topics such as stress management, sexual health, nutrition, and more.  We are interactive, fun, and can tailor our materials to your group’s needs.  We also do health advocacy work on campus in an effort to make UW-Eau Claire’s campus a healthier place for learning and living.

How did you learn about the job opportunity?

I learned about working for SWAT from the online student job board. I applied last fall but it didn’t work well with my class schedule, so when I saw they had another position open for this spring I made sure to reapply.

 What made you want to be a part of the SWAT Team?

During the first few weeks of the school year this past fall I remember going to an event outside of Schofield that featured SWAT and what it was about. I remember looking at all of the information and thinking “This office is right up my alley!” I love all of the health aspects we focus on in our office and that really drew me in because I can see myself choosing a similar career path after I graduate in two years.

What does the SWAT team even do?

We do your typical Condom Bingo and Sex Trivia, but we also teach both of the alcohol classes, called CHOICES and PHD, and we do programs on nutrition, mental health, and just overall health in general. My favorite kinds of programs are sexual health programs!

 What are the hours like?

The hours are really great because it’s super flexible with my class schedule. If I know I’m going to have a heavy homework load one week, I just pass on teaching programs and let my coworkers take it if it works for them.

 What is the work environment like?

The work environment is kind of interesting because we give programs upon request. So some weeks you may have a lot of requests for the same program and other weeks it might be more spread out, and sometimes there are weeks that we barely have any requests! It really just depends on what programs are in popular demand, so it’s always a surprise when we come to our weekly staff meetings. (So if you are interested in a program we give, or are curious about what programs we offer, make sure to get in contact with the SWAT office and request!)

My coworkers are really awesome and I think we all work great together. Everyone is understanding of me being a newbie and learning the ropes, and they’re wonderful at giving pointers or helping me learn the programs.

 What is your favorite part about being a part of the SWAT Team?

My favorite part is being able to teach these programs to my peers. I think I’m able to connect with them more and engage them in the material better than a professor or an adult who isn’t currently a student because I’m coming from a place where I can relate to a lot of people in the room. We’re all on the same level and that makes it easy to connect with them, which makes the programs a lot more fun. I’m also a big fan of all of the content we cover in our various programs because it means I’m helping out my peers in whatever ways they need.

 

Considering applying to be a part of the SWAT Team or just want to learn more? Check out our page:

https://www.uwec.edu/SHS/SWAT/about.htm

 

 

Like us on Facebook!

https://www.facebook.com/UWECSHS/

Follow us on Twitter! 

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Events This Week

Last week, you may have noticed a smiling bunch of SWAT members in Davies while you were enjoying your lunch. They were there as a part of our second annual Sex Positivity Week, a week with events dedicated to safe, healthy, GOOD sex. Sex is something we can be a little shy talking about, but it’s a huge part of a lot of our lives. Sex is a vital piece of health and wellness, so part of the Student WELLNESS Advocacy Team at Student HEALTH Services, we like to talk about it, kind of a lot.

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On Monday, our table in Davies focused on services provided by Student Health Services relevant to sexual health. If you didn’t know, SHS is in Crest Wellness Center on upper campus. They provide contraception including the pill, Depo Provera, and condoms. If you do not have health insurance, the lovely staff at SHS can help you sign up for the Family Planning Waiver through Badger Care, and you can get your birth control FOR FREE. They also have emergency contraception for only $25, and it’s usually $50 at drugstores. To schedule an appointment for any of SHS’s great services and to learn more, visit their website at www.uwec.edu/shs. Tuesday, our table focused on sexually transmitted infections. Did you know, according to the CDC, one in EVERY TWO sexually active college students have an STI and most don’t even know it? You can get tested for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and HIV at SHS for practically nothing, and knowing the status of you and your partner is a critical part of safe sex! Read more about STIs and prevention in our blog post here. Finally, on Wednesday, we had a table dedicated to an awesome organization called Bedsider. Bedsider provides us with a ton of fun goodies you see us handing out, like t-shirts and those silly stickers, but they also have a lot of really great information on their website and a lot of cool, helpful ways for you to stay safe. Check out more at www.bedsider.org!

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PS for an excellent video about consent, check this out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQbei5JGiT8

Sad you missed out on our exciting, sex positive tables? No fear, there are two great events being put on by the Women’s and LGBTQ Resource Center next week as a part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Although SHS promotes safe consensual sex, it’s also important to discuss the fact that on college campuses, not all the sex that’s had is consensual. On Tuesday, April 19 at 3 and 7pm in the Woodland Theater, there will be showings of the film The Hunting Grounds, which brings to light how universities in the United States are sweeping sexual assaults on their campuses under the rug. While the film is troubling, it brings to light the problems we have with victim blaming and rape culture in our society and how sexual assault is a huge problem in college. Each screening will be followed by a discussion facilitated by Counseling Services at 3 and Amanda Leikness from the Center for Awareness of Sexual Assault (CASA) at 7. See the trailer for Hunting Grounds here.

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Slut shaming, not cool.

Additionally, part of being sex positive is allowing people to partake in safe, consensual sex without shame. There will also be a showing of the film Unslut on Thursday, April 21 at 7pm in Schofield auditorium. The documentary combats the word “slut” and how problematic it is that we use that word to describe women. The Unslut project aims to fight against sexual bullying and promote sex positivity. Like I said earlier, sex is a big part of our lives, and even if you aren’t having it, we constantly see it on TV, online, and pretty much everywhere we look. All women are affected by the word slut, including those who aren’t sexually active or in monogamous relationships. SWAT loves to say, you can do whatever you want as long as it’s safe and consensual, and part of that is using sex-positive language. Unslut is part of the NightOUT film series, meaning there will be free popcorn, candy, and soda (if you didn’t already have enough reason to go). See the trailer and learn more about The Unslut Project here.

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Who wants free condoms?!

Finally, now that the weather is nice and warm, keep your eyes peeled for the Love Wagon! In case you’ve never seen it, SWAT members love to pull around a red, sequin wagon filled with condoms and other sex-positive goodies. We’re so excited for the warm weather and our wagon that if you’re one of the first 5 people to tweet @uwecshs with #lovewagon you’ll get a free Bedsider t-shirt! Stay safe and consensual friends!

Earth Day 2016

 

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Earth Day 2016

By: Ashlea Orth


 

Hey Blugolds!

Earth Day 2016 is on Friday April 22nd and what better way to get involved than on our own campus! The environment you live in and your everyday surroundings can affect your overall health and well-being on various levels. There are things we can do in our lives to make healthy changes that help not only the environment, but ourselves too.

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On campus, we have single-stream recycling which means you can put aluminum products, glass, paper, and plastics into any slot on the recycling bins. This makes recycling super easy because you don’t have to do any sorting! When recycling plastic materials, look on the container for the numbers 1-7 inside of a triangle, as these are the numbers that we can recycle here. Lids and caps can also be recycled, but please make sure that all containers are emptied of their previous contents before recycling. Things that cannot be recycled include aerosol cans (think hair spray or air freshener), ceramics (think coffee cup or a planter), dryer sheets, Keurig K-cups, light bulbs, mirrors, paper towels, tissues, Styrofoam, wax-coated juice or milk cartons, and most importantly pizza boxes. Corrugated cardboard can be taken to designated cardboard recycling stations throughout campus.

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There are also designated recycling stations for bread bags, case wrap (think snack/beverage case plastic), grocery bags, plastic packing pillows, sandwich bags, and other stretchy #4 plastic, as well as stations to recycle batteries, CFL lightbulbs, and printer cartridges typically found throughout residence hall lobbies. Looking to get rid of broken or outdated appliances/electronics? Call the Housing Sustainability Office and they will properly recycle your items for you. Getting rid of recyclable clutter in your room or house can clean up physical space as well as help you relieve stress as you get organized. You also might feel a sense of giving back or helping your community as you go green.

 

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Along with stations in Davies Center, the city of Eau Claire offers compost options for homes wanting to “recycle” their decomposable material. The compost container itself is made out of 100% recycled material. You can compost virtually any organic material, but there are tricks and tips for making the break down process faster (http://organicgardening.about.com/od/howtocompost/a/50-Things-You-Can-Compost.htm). Composting is a great solution to the growing (quite literally) landfill issues we face today, as well as give these organic materials straight back to Mother Nature typically by using them in gardens and agriculture.

Taking care of our environment is important for tons of reasons, but most importantly because this is the only home we have. Having a “go green” approach towards caring for the environment can in turn contribute to our physical, spiritual, intellectual, social, and emotional wellness.

 

Stay green, my friends!