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Organization gives POWER to health education

By Marisa Long

POWER (Promoting Ohio University Wellness Education and Responsibility) is a volunteer student organization comprised of nationally certified peer health educators who inform college students about health related issues.

The members present weekly programs, talk to organizations, residence halls and classes and distribute health-related information. According to POWER member Andrew Razzano, a junior pre-medical major, the goal of the organization is to give students information and allow them to make their own choices.

"POWER facilitates conversation and gives good information without making judgments," he said. "We don't tell people what to do. We just give them the facts."

The group holds weekly POWER Hours at Ping Recreation Center throughout the year. The programs for fall quarter take place at 7 p.m. every Tuesday in the center's rooms A and B. The events are free and open to the public. They cover the following health issues:

  • 9/16 ? Body Image
  • 9/23 ? Sexual Assault Continuum
  • 9/30 ? Latexology
  • 10/07 ? Men Only/Women Only
  • 10/14 ? Total Relaxation Live
  • 10/21 ? Beer, Booze, Busted
  • 10/28 ? Less Trick, More Treat
  • 11/04 ? Breaking Away from the Pack

The organization also promotes awareness weeks each month that cover specific topics. Sept. 22-26 is Sexual Assault Awareness Week. These events are free and open to the public.

Monday, Sept. 22

  • A lecture by Katie Koestner entitled No Visible Bruises Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium 7 p.m.
  • Howard Hall Site Visual Display Monday (8 a.m.)-Wednesday (6 p.m.)
Wednesday, Sept. 24
  • Sexual Assault Investigations presented by the OUPD
    1804 Lounge, Baker University Center
    7 p.m.
  • Sexual Assault Rally
    West Portico
    12-1 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 25
  • OU True Stories ? Sexual Assault Doesn't Discriminate presented by Ashley Randall
    1804 Lounge, Baker University Center
    7 p.m.

Sexual assault information tables will also be set up Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Students can ask questions and take literature.

"The information presented by POWER is meant to open students' eyes to different health issues," said Melisa Bushong, graduate student and POWER adviser. "POWER is a great organization that consists of educated, passionate students who really care."

POWER is the student branch of the Department of Health and Education Wellness and is located on the second floor of Hudson Health Center. To schedule a POWER program call 593-4742 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information on how to join POWER visit their Web site at www.ohiou.edu/healthwell/power.htm.

Marisa Long is a student writer with University Communications and Marketing.

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