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Health Education & Promotion

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Welcome to Health Education & Promotion! Our Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and Certified Peer Health Educators (CPE) offer programs and resources for your academic and co-curricular needs.

We are dedicated to providing integrative and holistic opportunities at Longwood University that engage seven dimensions of wellness: emotional, environmental, intellectual, occupational, physical, social, and spiritual.  Through the practice of professional and ethical care, quality interventions, facilities and programming, our function is promoting wellness lifestyles in an environment that supports learning, self-care, and the development of citizen leaders. Our programs and resources address topics such as alcohol and other drugs, sexual misconduct and gender violence, sexual health, disease prevention, stress management, fitness & nutrition.

 

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A bit about us...

Mission

The Office of Health Education & Promotion (HEP) within the Student Health & Wellness Center at Longwood University is dedicated to the development of citizen leaders who live a wellness lifestyle. We advocate a holistic wellness perspective by providing informative, integrative, and option-rich opportunities that engage emotional, environmental, intellectual, occupational, physical, social, and spiritual dimensions.

Vision

The Office of Health Education & Promotion (HEP) is a component of the Student Health & Wellness Center. The office is designed to assist students in achieving their goals by assuming responsibility for their lives and to help them make informed, self-determined, and healthy choices. We envision and strive for an environment that supports learning, self-care, and the development of citizen leaders. Through the practice of professional and ethical care, quality interventions and facilities, we offer health education and promotion programs and resources. Our Certified Health Education Specialists and Certified Peer Health Educators provide academic and co-curricular activities, assist the residential experience, and implement student-facilitated educational programs. Our programs and resources address topics such as alcohol and other drugs, sexual misconduct and gender violence, human sexuality, disease prevention, stress management, fitness & nutrition. HEP also works collaboratively with other on and off campus agencies, departments, and organizations to achieve this vision. We believe that healthy choices equal successful students and successful students help create a better community. "Healthy Choices, Healthy Lives!"

Philosophy

The Office of Health Education & Promotion (HEP) aligns itself with the holistic philosophy of wellness.  We serve from a point of view that the human body is a conglomerate of emotional, environmental, intellectual, occupational, physical, social, and spiritual dimensions. These dimensions are interdependent and interact to create a sense of who we are and what we can become. Equal importance is placed on each dimension, with an emphasis on maintaining and balancing healthy behaviors throughout the lifecycle. At Longwood, wellness focuses on expanding not only the length of your life, but even more important the quality of your life.