“Healthy Gamecocks” is an interactive presentation that introduces the concept of balancing the seven dimensions of wellness (intellectual, physical, social, occupational, emotional, spiritual, and environmental) and emphasizes the physical dimension of wellness through healthy nutrition, physical activity, tobacco treatment, and disease prevention. Interactive activities and discussions help students recognize their own levels of risk for illness or disease, examine their own health-related behaviors, develop goals for improving health, and identify on-campus resources to help them lead healthier lifestyles.
The “Healthy Gamecocks” presentation supports University 101 learning outcomes:
II. Help Students Discover and Connect With the University of South Carolina
a. Identify appropriate campus resources and opportunities that contribute to their educational experience, goals, and campus engagement
The presentation helps the students identify appropriate campus resources and opportunities that contribute to their educational experiences, goals, and campus engagement because it provides an overview of many of the on-campus resources.
III. Prepare Students for Responsible Lives in a Diverse, Interconnected, and Changing World
d. Describe processes, strategies, and resources, and explain the implications of their decisions, related to their overall wellness
The presentation describes many processes, strategies, and resources, and explains the implications of them (i.e. one-on-one consults with dietitians, grocery store tours, fitness assessments, etc.). The presentation goes into detail on how these services related to their overall wellness.
As a result of attending this presentation students will:
- Identify behaviors or lifestyle choices of their own that put them at increased risk for poor health
- Create a healthy, balanced meal using foods available on and around campus
- Identify and define the five components of physical fitness
- Recognize the dangers associated with tobacco usage
- Identify on-campus resources and CW services (and locations) for help with healthy living including: physical activity and exercise, nutrition and healthy eating, and tobacco cessation
The “Healthy Gamecocks” presentation includes the following topics and activities:
- Nutrition Activity – Plate & Servings:
- Introduces the students to the Choose My Plate nutrition recommendations. Students will work in groups to create a balanced meal using pictures of foods that are available in the hot food line at the Russell House. This activity is designed to help students recognize how much each of the food groups should contribute to their overall meal. This section also includes ideas for other healthy eating options on campus.
- “Eat This, Not That” Nutrition Game:
- This game compares the nutrient content (mainly calories and fat) of food choices at popular fast food restaurants (Chick-fil-A, Taco Bell, Einstein’s Bagels, Moe’s, Starbucks, and Burger King). This activity is designed to help students recognize that what looks/sounds like it might be a healthy option, may not always be the case.
- Components of Fitness Activity:
- This activity will get the students up and moving to introduce the 5 components of physical fitness: cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength, muscular endurance, body composition and flexibility. Students will be lead through stationary cardiovascular, muscular endurance and flexibility exercises.
- Smoking Activity:
- This activity shows students the health consequences of smoking cigarettes and hookah.
The presenters of this presentation are undergraduate peer leaders of the Student Health Services program called Changing Carolina Peer Leaders (CCPL). For an opportunity to become a peer leader, all students must apply and be selected to be able to participate in the program. Once accepted, students must take a 3-credit academic course (HPEB301: Practicum in Health Education) and pass with a B average to be able to participate in the program and give presentations. The course content prepares the peer leaders in health and wellness topic areas as well as leadership development/skill builders.
IIn addition to the semester long course, each fall semester peer leaders must attend refresher training in each presentation with which they will be working. This training covers content in the presentation in addition to an overview of presentation and facilitation skills. Peer leaders also have weekly group meetings in which a skill builder is reviewed, as well as monthly continuing education meetings.