Peers Educating Peers: Healthy Living at PSU Cluster Project

Peers Educating Peers Showcase of Excellence 2019 Poster

Seven peer leaders (student health coaches) worked with eleven students to lead small groups of students using a health and wellness 8-week curriculum (HealthyCARE®). This HHE cluster project was a collaboration between on-campus partners, Healthy PSU, PSU Recreation Programs and Health Promotion & Education along with community partners Executive Health & Sports Center (who developed HealthyCARE®) and the American Heart Association both located in Manchester. This pilot project was used to increase student’s knowledge, awareness and implementation of health promotion skills and behaviors that reinforce the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. This pilot project engaged students weekly and individually, in a collaborative approach to deliver education on nutrition, fitness and total well-being practices to promote healthy behaviors in college students in an open and creative environment.  Final program outcomes and evaluations are still being conducted however, the peer leaders and student participants reported an increase in social support/connection, leadership skills and healthy behavior choices. Additionally, the student participants showed improvements in biometric measurements in weight, blood pressure and cholesterol over the 8-week program.  Peer health coaches supported like-minded students individually in realizing their own wellness goals through a positive, strengths-focused approach. This project is aligned with Healthy PSU’s overarching goal of becoming one of the healthiest campus in the nation by 2020.  The staff and faculty project leaders are working on plans to offer the 8-week program again in the first half of the Fall 2019 semester.

Peers Educating Peers: Healthy Living at PSU Cluster Project 2019