What We Offer

Health Education and Promotion is happy to provide our many games, workshops and interactive activities free of charge.  To book an interactive session please fill out the request form at least one week in advance in order to ensure that our teams are available at your preferred date and time.

Please note that even with advanced notice, we do not guarantee that we will be available for your first preferred date and time so please have an alternate in mind.

If you have any questions about your request please feel free to contact Steph Francis, the Health Education Coordinator at stephfra@yorku.ca or call at 416-736-2100 ext. 44176.

 


ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUGS

Health Ed discusses the facts around the use and effects of alcohol and other drugs to encourage students to make informed decisions. With a harm-reduction approach, we educate students on safety strategies and connect them with supportive resources on and off campus.

  1. Fatal Vision Goggles: When worn, the eyewear distorts vision to mimic the effects of alcohol or marijuana. This allows participants to learn about the effects of consuming these substances at various levels (blood alcohol) or at all, through experiencing visual impact. These goggles are used in conjunction with a task such as walking a short distance or drawing through a maze.
  2. Plan Your Night (collaborative with Sexual Health):
    Let's talk sex, drugs and rock and roll!  Through fun and lighthearted activities and scenarios, students will learn how to maximize fun and minimize potential risk if choosing to drink, use drugs or have sex! Students will also discuss how these strategies could be applied to their friends when going out as a group.

 


MENTAL HEALTH

Health Ed provides students with the opportunity to learn more about mental health and well-being through our interactive and educational programming. A few key objectives include, de-stigmatizing mental illness and highlighting strategies to cope with various stressors students commonly face. We look to support York University through connecting community members with on-campus resources and services at Keele and Glendon, as well as off-campus.

Programs Include:

  1. Mindful Jeopardy: This jeopardy-style activity offers facts about five categories; Stigma, Self-Care, Stress at York, Sleep, and Mental Health. This information is quick to deliver, easy to digest, and opens up the conversation around what we can do to improve our mental well-being and understanding of mental health issues alike.
  2. Ways of Well-being: The 5 ways of well-being (Connect, Get Active, Give, Keep Learning, and Take Notice) are presented with corresponding activities that exemplify some of the methods students can use to practice self-care. This encourages students to acknowledge the importance of caring for one’s mental health through various means.
  • Stressbusters: Stressbusters allow space for de-stressing which include materials such as board games, colouring pages, and a back massage chair. This can be requested to complement any other programs, but is not offered on its own.

 

Please note that there are a number of additional Mental Health workshops and training sessions available HERE

 


NUTRITION

Health Ed supports students in building a healthy relationship with food by providing information through fun, interactive programming. Eating with a budget on or off campus, nutrition label reading, and nutritional facts are a few things we look to educate students about. We also bring awareness to healthier meal options and best practices with food.

  1. Healthy Plate: This program provides students with tactical skills on how to create healthy and individualized meal plans. Canada’s Food Guide’s recommendation for a balanced meal is visually represented on a plate.

 


SEXUAL HEALTH

Health Ed offers a safe space to allow for non-judgemental discussions around sexual health and well-being. We educate students on healthy relationships, sexual communication, and reproductive health with an anti-oppressive approach. Information is provided to students regarding supportive on and off campus resources and services.

  1. Peer S.H.O.P.:
    Have a question about sex, sexuality or reproductive health? Want to check out our sex toys and free library of books and videos ranging from educational to erotic? Want to get your own sexy supplies at a discount? Wanna make your own kinky things with common household items? Our Sexual Health Peers host weekly drop-in sessions throughout the academic year where students can access all of this great information and more!
  1. Sex on the Couch (Keele)/Sex and Chocolate (Glendon):
    This session is all about “Questions from the Hat”. Everyone is welcome to come and discuss questions about sexual health, relationships, birth control, sexually transmitted infections, and other unknowns! A professional health educator will encourage participants to put their questions in a hat so they need not be embarrassed about getting the information they need!
  2. Plan Your Night:
    Let's talk sex, drugs and rock and roll!  Through fun and lighthearted activities and scenarios, students will learn how to maximize fun and minimize potential risk if choosing to drink, use drugs or have sex! Students will also discuss how these strategies could be applied to their friends when going out as a group.

General Health and Wellness

One-on-One Meeting with a Professional Health Educator
Duration: Dependent on concern
Have a health question or concern and not sure where to turn? Students can book a one-on-one meeting with one of our on-site staff health educators.  They  are more than happy to meet with you, offer an open and non-judgmental ear and link that student to any and all resources (on or off-campus) they feel would meet their needs. Professional Health Educators have expertise on substance use, mental health, nutrition, sexual health and smoking cessation.  Please note that our Professional Health Educators do not offer counselling services. If you are looking for Personal Counselling Services, CLICK HERE


Wellness Wednesdays

Join us every week to learn about health and win prizes! Different health topics are featured every week.

Keele Campus

  • Vari Hall
  • Wednesdays
  • 10am-2pm

Glendon Campus

  • Outside the Cafeteria