Health Education at Simmons College specializes in health education presentations, health and promotion campaigns, college-wide events, interactive classroom lectures and panel discussions, special programs and group educational sessions.
Our Health Education Programs:
Betsy's Friends/Sexual Assault
Betsy's Friends/Sexual Assault teaches students about healthy relationships, domestic violence, and sexual assault. Our group is named after Betsy McCandless, a Simmons alum, murdered by her abusive ex-husband. Our mission is to make sure no other Simmons woman has to go through what Betsy did. We teach programs, facilitate discussions, host the Clothesline Project every year, and refer and help students to appropriate resources.
We are the campaign for positive body image at Simmons. We teach programs, but our mission is mostly based on "changing the conversation" through programming, events, discussions, and visibility. Come to one of our meetings and help change the conversation! We also help students by referring and listening.
Drugs & Alcohol
The Alcohol and Drugs Health Education group discusses alcohol and drugs as it relates to college students. We educate ourselves about addiction and recreational use of alcohol and drugs. We learn information that we relay to students during our programs including myths and facts about alcohol and other drugs, what is a standard drink, what is a hangover, what is a blackout, statistics about college students drinking, drinking alcohol as it relates to sexual assault, how to help a friend with a drug or alcohol problem, and how to be safe while drinking and partying. We learn about popular prescription and over the counter medications and how they can be used recreationally.
EAT at Simmons's goal is to teach students about healthy eating and the importance of nutrition. The program aims to teach students how to eat healthy and give them the information they need to make healthy choices.
Sex at Simmons aims to provide peers with accurate information regarding sexual health and safety. This is done through hour long programs that cover anatomy, contraceptives, sexually transmitted infections, sex toys, pregnancy options, and the resources available on our Simmons campus. Programs are extremely interactive, and are done best in a comfortable environment for the participants."
Time & Stress
The Time and Stress Management Health Education group discusses organization tools, time management strategies, how to stop procrastinating, common stress coping skills including differentiating between positive and negative coping skills, meditations to relax the body and mind, and discussion about what stress is and how to reduce stress in our lives. We learn about the science of stress and the importance of sleep. We do campus wide campaigns about study skills and sleep, and do de-stressing activities like nature walks and trips to art museums.