Health hut keeps students smart


Photo by Karissa Berg

Erika Ruppelius and Angela Birdsell give helpful information to Jenny Peterson.

For the remainder of fall quarter, there will be a little red kiosk stationed around Eastern’s campus on Tuesdays and Thursdays called the Health Hut. The kiosk is staffed entirely by Peer Health Educators (PHE) whose goal is to educate fellow students on a wide variety of topics in a fun, interactive way.

Each week the Health Hut has a different topic. Sept. 24-25 marked the first week with the topic “How to become a Peer Health Educator.” Sept. 29-Oct. 1 was “Cold & Flu,” which featured a game called Myth or Fact. For example, students would be presented with the statement “hand sanitizer works just as well as washing your hands with soap and water” and students had to determine whether it was a myth or a fact. Correct answers were rewarded with prizes such as frisbees. Kleenex and hand sanitizer were also handed out along with information pamphlets.

Oct. 6-8 features the topic marijuana. The Health Hut will be outside the URC on Oct. 8 from 5-7pm. The PHEs focus specifically on safety and the laws surrounding recreational marijuana use. Jamie Gladfter, PHE, said their goal is never to tell someone not to do something, but rather, “if you’re going to do something, do it safely.”

Student Tyler Cossey said the Health Hut “is a good resource to have on campus and the staff is super friendly.”

The topic for the week of Oct. 13-15 will be birth control and Oct. 20-22 will be alcohol education. PHE Erika Ruppelius said there will be several big events that week because it is Alcohol Awareness Collegiate week. There will be social media campaigns, Health Huts out around campus and one of the games will feature drunk goggles.

Upcoming topics also include Party smart, healthy eating on campus, stress, bystander intervention and sleep.

Check out the EWU Health and Wellness Facebook page or stop by their office at 201 University Recreation Center for further information.