February 04, 2010

Workshops will address variety of health topics

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The Wellness Center at Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Student Health Center will provide straight answers on a variety of health issues and topics during a series of spring semester workshops.

The workshops will offer accurate information on everything from condoms to marijuana, prescription drugs to stress management and much more. All presentations are free and open to the public. They all take place at the Student Health Center.

Here’s the full schedule for the spring workshop series:

• Condom Sense, 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, Room 111/112. Find out how, when and why you should use condoms and other protective barriers, discover the importance of sexual communication and find out the most common user errors.

• EveryBody’s Perfect, 4 p.m., Feb. 24, Room 111/112. This workshop explores the influence of media, culture and peers on our body image and why so many students have unrealistic expectations of their bodes and dissatisfaction with their appearance.

• Mari Wanna?, 5 p.m., March 2, Room 111/112. It’s a discussion of the facts and myths about marijuana use.

• Ask a Question, Save a Life, 4 p.m., March 18, Room 111/112. Depression is more common than most people realize, particularly among college students. This workshop identifies signs of depression and ideas on how to respond. Suicide is preventable and you’ll learn how talking about it helps, as well as what resources exist on campus to help.

• FitNut U, 3 p.m., March 22, Auditorium. Many college students begin leading sedentary lives and eating convenient but not necessarily healthy fast foods. Find out about the immediate and long-term consequences of how we live and eat as well as easy ways to eat better and fit activity into a busy life.

• Rx Effect, 4 p.m., April 7, Auditorium. Prescription drugs have their benefits but some can be addictive. Find out about medications and their effects at this workshop.

• Come on Over and Let’s Hook Up, 3 p.m., April 20, Auditorium. This is an interactive dialogue about the politics of consensual sex with students discussing perceptions, myths and facts about “hooking up” and the dangerous attitudes about “sexual entitlement.”

• Stress Management, 5 p.m., April 26, Auditorium. Simple, effective relaxation strategies to increase your focus, reduce anxiety and stay healthier in just a few minutes each day.

The Wellness Center also offers information and confidential counseling for stress management, substance abuse, sexual health, nutrition and relationship violence. For more information about any of these topics or the spring workshops, call 618/536-4441 or visit the Web site at www.shc.siuc.edu.