The Illinois College Peer Health Educators (PHEs) received a national award from The BACCHUS Network for an “Outstanding Personal Safety Program” for their Orientation Program titled “Think B4 You Act.” The program focused on providing first-year students with health and wellness information and encouraging them to think before they act in relation to decisions regarding classes, alcohol consumption and relationships. The PHEs conducted an online survey after the program and received positive feedback from numerous attendees about the information provided and the way in which the information was presented.
Three IC Peer Health Educators, Lanie Cooper, a junior and Sheila Grim and David Johnson, both sophomores, were present to receive the award on November 6, 2010 at the BACCHUS General Assembly in Indianapolis, Ind. David Johnson received a scholarship to attend the General Assembly after submitting an essay about being a PHE. While at the General Assembly, these students attended various breakout sessions and programs about multiple health and wellness topics throughout the three day conference and have come back to Illinois College with fresh ideas and enthusiasm to put what they learned into action.