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Wellness Presentations

Our trained staff and peer leaders are available to give presentations on a variety of health topics to help encourage a healthier campus community.

Your Request

We give presentations to groups of six people or more. Please submit your request at least two weeks in advance.

We'll contact you within two business days after you make your request.

Presentation List

Sexual Health Presentations
Sex in a Fishbowl

Interactive safer sex and relationship communication program with Q&A session in which students anonymously place questions into a bowl for the presenter to answer. This presentation creates a safe place for students to ask questions about sex, sexuality and other tough subjects without the fear of embarrassment.

Keep Cocky Covered: HIV, STD/Is and Protection 
An overview of transmission and prevention of HIV and STD/Is. We will discuss testing for the most common STD/I’s, dispel HIV myths and demonstrate protection techniques, including challenge and personal reflection activities.

Contraceptive Talk
Discussion of current birth control and emergency contraceptive options, how to access, their effectiveness, talking with a partner and how to choose one that’s right for you.

Nutrition Presentations

Nutrition University
This 40-minute interactive class focuses on developing lifelong healthy eating practices including the “what” and the “how” to healthy eating. Topics covered by your Campus Wellness Health Educator include basic nutrition, meal planning, mindful eating, body image and weight management.   

The Body Project
Do you want increased self-confidence to feel more comfortable in your body? The Body Project is a conversation about body image and the influences of cultural and social interactions. This small group is a two-part workshop led by the Changing Carolina Peer Leaders designed to encourage the spread of body positivity and allow women on campus to move toward self-confidence and self-fulfillment. Begin to make healthy choices because you love your body!

Note: The workshop consists of two-hour to two-and-a-half hour segments with a group size of eight to twelve students. The Body Project is currently a female-only program.

Cocky Cooking Classes Taught by a Registered Dietitian
Learn basic cooking skills and food safety while using healthy and budget friendly ingredients. Students will be able to prepare at least two demonstrated recipes after these events and will walk away with increased confidence in the kitchen as well as nutritious and delicious recipes. Requesting party will be responsible for adhering to the Campus Wellness Cooking Demonstration Guidelines. All classes/demonstrations are 90 minutes long.

Interpersonal Violence Prevention Training

Visit the Interpersonal Violence Support site for training presentations about preventing sexual assault and interpersonal violence.

Overall Wellness Presentations

Healthy Gamecocks 
This 50-minute presentation will cover three major areas related to a college student's health and wellbeing. The students will have a chance to move about the classroom as they discuss common dining options at the university. Students will have an opportunity to work in small groups to build their very own healthy plate based on the proper serving size for each major food group. Students will work independently to build their own personalized workout plan, and will have a chance to discuss the tobacco-tree USC policy.

Wellness Wheel Jeopardy 
This interactive presentation will test your students’ knowledge in various areas of their wellbeing. It will cover many dimensions of wellness including emotional, environmental, physical and intellectual wellness.  The gameshow-based workshop will have questions that cover on-campus services, definitions of the various dimensions of wellness and programs on campus for the students. 

 
Presentations

LGBTQ+ and IPV: Participants will explore the impact of interpersonal violence within the LGBTQ+ community. Beyond giving a foundational understanding of interpersonal violence, addressing sex vs gender identity, and the statistics surrounding IPV in this community, participants look at the intersectionality of identities and the barriers that prevent the LGBTQ+ community from accessing resources. This presentation is designed for students, faculty, and staff in “helping professions” such as social work, education, counseling, and medical fields; however the content is important for anyone who is interested, as best practices for helping professionals, continuing education, and developing relationships with community partners are addressed.

Healthy Masculinity Series: While designed as a four-part series, the presentations can be done individually or in combination pending the needs of the requestor. “What is Masculinity” builds a foundational understanding of what a masculine identity is and how it can impact the campus community; “Masculinity and Pop Culture” introduces participants to the impact of pop culture in the United States on the development of a healthy masculinity versus a toxic or hegemonic masculinity; “Healthy Relationships and Masculinity” addresses how masculinity plays into the development of healthy relationships, communication and consent; “Becoming an Ally” ties the others together to develop individual action plans to be an effective ally to marginalized communities, interpersonal violence survivors, and being an active bystander within the Carolina Community. These programs are also designed to be inclusive of anyone with a masculine identity, not just men.

Healthy Relationships, Communication, and Consent Made Easy: In addition to covering consent and healthy relationship characteristics, it also covers warning signs of unhealthy relationships, definitions of the three types of interpersonal violence (sexual assault, relationship/intimate partner violence, and stalking), the relationship between alcohol and sexual assault, and resources on campus for interpersonal violence survivors.

Length: Designed for U101 classes, it can last from 50 to 75 minutes. 

How to Support a Survivor: Participants will be taught the impact of interpersonal violence (this can include sexual assault, relationship/intimate partner violence, or stalking/harassment), how to implement strategies to support and assist survivors, and resources on and off-campus for survivors.

Length: 1 hour

Mindfulness 101: Mindfulness has been shown to have many positive effects on both physical and mental health. This presentation is designed for students, faculty, and staff who are new to meditation and would like to learn about the basics of mindfulness. Participants will learn what mindfulness is and what it is not, the thinking mind vs observing mind, and how to create an intention pause to respond rather than react to situations. Participants will also learn about the mediation space, C.A.L.M. Oasis, located in the Center for Health and Well-Being and the various meditation courses offered.

Thriving in the Healthcare System: An overview of preventative health guidelines, how to navigate the healthcare system and providers, and understand your health insurance. Bring along any questions you have about how to get the most out of healthcare in order to discuss taking care of yourself for life-long health.

Eustress, De-Stress, We All Stress: This presentation will allow students to reflect on how they currently manage their stress, and how they can improve upon it. Students will discuss in small groups and as a class, the common academic and personal life stressors they face here at the university, as well as discuss healthy and unhealthy ways of coping with their stress. Students will reflect on the various stigmas that prevent students from seeking help for mental health issues, and discuss ways to seek the help that they need.

Healthy Gamecocks: This presentation will cover 3 major areas related to a college student's health and wellbeing. The students will have a chance to move about the classroom as they discuss common dining options at the university. Students will have an opportunity to work in small groups to build their very own healthy plate based on the proper serving size for each major food group. Students will work independently to build their own personalized workout plan, and will have a chance to discuss the Tobacco-Free USC policy.

Birth Control 101: Discussion of current birth control and emergency contraceptive options, how to access, their effectiveness, talking with a partner and how to choose one that’s right for you.

HIV, STD/Is and Protection: An overview of transmission and prevention of HIV and STD/Is. We will discuss testing for the most common STD/I’s, dispel HIV myths and demonstrate protection techniques, including challenge and personal reflection activities.

Nutrition University: This interactive class focuses on developing lifelong healthy eating practices including the “what” and the “how” to healthy eating. Topics covered include basic nutrition, meal planning, mindful eating, body image, and weight management.   

Sex in a Fishbowl: Interactive safer sex and relationship communication program with Q&A session in which students anonymously place questions into a bowl for the presenter to answer. This presentation creates a safe place for students to ask questions about sex, sexuality, and other tough subjects without the fear of embarrassment.

Wellness Wheel Jeopardy: This interactive presentation will test your students’ knowledge in various areas of their wellbeing. It will cover many dimensions of wellness including emotional, environmental, physical and intellectual wellness.  The gameshow based workshop will have questions that cover on-campus services, definitions of the various dimensions of wellness and programs on campus for the students.

Take the Risky Out of Frisky: An interactive presentation facilitated by Changing Carolina Peer Leaders and Healthy Campus Initiatives. Through group dialogue and self-reflection, we provide students with medically-accurate information on sexual health, including methods of protection and contraception, STIs and HIV, getting tested and tips for relationship communication and risk reduction. Students will leave with knowledge of campus and surrounding community resources and information to set the stage for capacity building.

Trainings

Intimate Partner Violence Info Session: The Associate Director of SAVIP delivers this training which covers definitions of intimate partner violence (also known as “domestic violence” or “relationship/dating violence”), how to recognize and respond to the signs of an unhealthy relationship, risk factors for both survivors and abusers, and how to support and assist intimate partner violence survivors.

Length: 1.5 to 2 hours

Stand Up Carolina Bystander Intervention Training: Participants are presented with an array of intervention strategies to utilize in their everyday lives and will engage in a group discussion about overcoming personal and societal barriers to bystander intervention. Information about on and off-campus resources will be provided.

Length: Version 1- Designed for U101, other undergraduate classroom settings, and student organizations. This version is 50 to 60 minutes in length.  

Version 2: An extended-length presentation which lasts between 1.5 to 2 hours. This version includes a more in-depth discussion about sociocultural norms and is recommended for graduate level students, staff, and faculty

Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training (for department or student organization): Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training will: 1) Teach participants the warning signs of a suicidal person and early signs of depression 2) Assist participants in gaining confidence in how to respond  and 3) Educate participants about the resources available at the University of South Carolina 

Participants are not expected to be a mental health professional. This is the why we use the word “gatekeeper” because they are invaluable to assisting a struggling person in getting the help they need.

Length: 1.5-2 hours

Supporting a Survivor – Beginning to End: This course will cover how to support a survivor, both students and faculty/staff, from the moment they start to disclose through the end of the process the survivor chooses. The course will cover resources and options offered to survivors, best practices for how to handle a report including language use, and an overview of “what happens” if the student chooses Law Enforcement, Title IX/EOP, academic assistance, etc. Participants will leave with an understanding of how interpersonal violence impacts all types of people, how to use appropriate language with a survivor, and how to continue supporting a survivor after they disclose.

Length: 2 hours

Trauma 101: With the goal of creating a more trauma informed and responsive campus, experts from Student Health Services discuss the neurobiological underpinnings of trauma and introduce a new way to define the process of becoming flooded with overwhelming stress from a variety of causes. Presenters discuss factors that inhibit open discussion about trauma and offer concrete guidance on language to use and ways to engage with students in a supportive manner.

Request this presentation or check the UofSC Human Resources Training and Professional Development calendar for upcoming sessions.

Body Project: The Body Project is a conversation about body image and the influences of cultural and social interactions. This small group is a two-part workshop led by the Changing Carolina Peer Leaders that will encourage the spread of body positivity and allow women on campus to move towards self-confidence and self-fulfillment.

Length: 2 two-hour sessions

Faculty/Staff ONLY Presentations/Trainings
 

Beginning a Physical Activity Plan: You’re ready to commit to improving your physical fitness, but deciding where and how to start may seem overwhelming. This presentation will cover the basics of a physical activity plan and how to apply that to your daily life.

BLAST (Break time, Lunchtime, Anytime Strength Training): B.L.A.S.T. is designed to help you strengthen your muscles, improve muscular endurance, increase flexibility, and reduce stress through exercises that can be done just about anywhere, including your office! Using resistance bands, Gamecocks LiveWell staff will demonstrate exercises and help you practice proper form.

Gamecocks LiveWell Overview: This brief presentation, great for inclusion in departmental
meetings, highlights the programs and services available to all University of South Carolina faculty and staff offered by the Gamecocks LiveWell office.

Know Your Numbers: During this drop-in workshop, employees can have a blood pressure or body fat percentage check completed by a Gamecocks LiveWell staff member.  Participants will receive 1:1 explanation of their results, tips and access to resources available on campus for improvement.

Maximizing Your Health and Wellness Benefits: This presentation highlights all of the wellness benefits available to USC faculty/staff as a part of the State Health Plan and the Gamecocks LiveWell office. Learn about the benefits that you may not have been aware of and how to take advantage of many free resources.

Mental Health Liaisons: In this training, faculty will acquire the requisite knowledge, awareness, and skills to be able to identify students in distress, to communicate effectively with students in distress, to refer students in distress to appropriate mental health resources. Length: 1.5 – 2 hours

Nutrition 101: Healthy Eating Basics: During this interactive workshop, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the USDA Choose My Plate will be discussed. These resources will help participants assess their current nutrition and eating habits and make healthier choices. Healthy cooking techniques and healthy choices when dining out will be discussed. Resources will be provided to each participant.

Stress Management 101: Work-Life Balance: Treat your group to an hour of learning easy techniques for relaxing body and mind – indulge in learning basic techniques for guided imagery & visualization, deep breathing exercises and progressive muscle relaxation. You will walk away (on a cloud!) with stress management tips, ideas for relaxation and renewed energy that you can incorporate into your daily life.

Recognizing and Responding to Distress in College Students: This workshop is designed for faculty and staff members to recognize signs of psychological distress in students and how to effectively address your concerns with individuals and make effective referrals to university resources.