April 03, 2009

Presentations to focus on alcohol marketing, stress

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- A pair of upcoming presentations at the Southern Illinois University Carbondale Student Health Center will focus on timely issues and anyone is welcome to attend.

“Alcohol Marketing: Stories and Myths” is set for 3 p.m. April 9 at the Student Health Center Auditorium. It’s a look at the world of alcohol marketing. Christopher Julian-Fralish, alcohol and other drug education coordinator, is the presenter and he’ll also examine how college students are major targets for alcohol marketing.

“Stress, Studying and Success” is at 4 p.m. April 27 at the Student Health Center Auditorium. Barbara Grace Elam, interim assistant director of the Wellness Center, will present this timely program, coming near the end of the semester when students are at times feeling overwhelmed preparing for final exams and more.

Elam notes that American College Health Association national college student studies indicate that stress is the top health reason students cite as negatively impacting their academic performance. She also said additional research has shown that utilizing stress management techniques can improve concentration, reduce anxiety and even positively impact grades.

The presentation will highlight simple ways of dealing with stress and relaxing naturally, helping students and others to focus more effectively. Elam and Regina Paul, medical education assistant professor, have been researching student performance using stress management interventions and Elam will share what they’ve found.

Although students may be the primary focus of both presentations, staff, faculty and community members are welcome to attend both free presentations. For more information, contact the Wellness Center at 618/536-4441.