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Office of Health Education and Outreach Programs

Health Education & Outreach Programs actively seeks to educate and empower students to make informed choices that positively impact personal wellness and the wellness of the greater community. Figuring out how to stay well in college can be a challenge. We’re here to help! Staff and peer educators from the Health Education & Outreach Programs help shape an environment that supports wellness by offering free events and workshops on topics students care about, hosting campus-wide campaigns to raise awareness about trending health topics, and making reputable health information accessible to students through our website. 

Peer Education Groups

There’s some stuff you’d rather talk about with your peers. We get it. There are five peer education groups affiliated with Health Education & Outreach Programs. Whether you want to become a peer health educator, or you’re just curious about what they do and how you could learn from them, find more information here. 

  • PAWS: Peers Advocating Wellness for Students
  • GEAR: Greek Educators, Advocates and Resources
  • Good Clean Fun: Promoters of substance-free fun on campus and in Indy
  • Red Cup Culture: High Risk Drinking Prevention Peer Educators
  • Stand Tall/Its On Us: Taking A Stand Against Sexual Violence and Dating Abuse

Online Resources for Personal Wellness

If you’re on the search for good information about things like stress management, sexual health, sexual assault prevention, alcohol and drugs, or body image we’ve put together a list of our favorite go-to websites and resources here.

Annual Campus-Wide Wellness Campaigns

Throughout the year, Health Education and Outreach Programs puts on a variety of wellness campaigns that the whole campus can be a part of.

Victim Advocate

The needs of someone who has been sexually assaulted vary from person to person and may vary over time. A trained professional staff member serves as a Victim Advocate and is available to respond to students who have experienced rape, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence or stalking. 

Hot Topics at BU

BU Be Well – The Butler University Wellness Model

We know that wellness is about more than cardio & broccoli, so we developed a wellness model to reflect seven key dimensions of wellness including Mind & Body, Social, Diversity & Inclusion, Community & Service, Career & Life Skills, Meaning & Purpose, Intellectual and Environmental. Learn more about the campus resources at Butler to support personal wellness. Check out our #BUBeWell content streaming to followers of the @ButlerHRC on Twitter. 

Sexual Health

Whether you’re thinking about it, doing it, or talking about it, we want to help promote healthy and informed personal choices around sex.  Check out our "Let's Talk About Sex" Pinterest board for some of our favorite resources. Since we know that latex condoms reduce the risk of STI transmission by providing a barrier against the source of the infection, condoms are available at no cost in the restrooms on the main level of the Health and Recreation Complex as well as in the waiting area of Health Services. Check out Wrap It Up: The Informed User’s Guide to Safer Sex

GYT Tuesday Free HIV and STD Testing

Did you know that the Butler University Office of Health Education & Outreach Programs has partnered with a local service provider, The Damien Center and The Bellflower Clinic, to offer free and private STD testing & consultations on the first Tuesday of every month in Butler University's Health Services in the Health & Recreation Complex (HRC)? Get more information about GYT Tuesdays. 

Sleep

To dream like a bulldog, you’ve got to sleep.  And, we know that can be easier than it sounds in college.  Our friends at the University of Michigan created a test for you to check your sleep habits, and provide some simple college-student-friendly recommendations for catching more zzzzz’s. For more tips to increase the calm in your life, check out our Relax & Unwind Pinterest board.

Sexual Assault Prevention

As part of Butler’s comprehensive approach to ending sexual violence on campus, some educational offerings are tailored to meet the needs of specific populations, and other offerings are shared with the entire campus. All incoming students are required to participate in the Think About It course.  During Welcome Week, new students participate in an interactive performance-based program called Sex Signals which examines our culture, sex, and the core issue of bystander intervention. Annual prevention discussions are delivered via trained peer educators to each fraternity and sorority chapter.  All campus residences offer prevention programming and in-hall exhibits of trending topics including healthy relationships, consent, and bystander intervention. Ongoing training is offered through the Office of Health Education & Outreach Programs, Counseling and Consultation Services and the Butler University Police Department to students, faculty, and staff by request. Find more information about the Butler University Victim Advocate Program.

Safer Drinking

As part of Butler’s comprehensive approach to reducing high-risk drinking, some educational offerings are tailored to meet the needs of specific populations, and other offerings are shared with the entire campus.  All incoming students are required to participate in the Think About It course prior to arriving to campus.  All new student-athletes are also required to complete drug and alcohol modules of MyPlaybook.  During the first week of the first semester, all new students participate in the peer-facilitated Red Cup Culture program.  Campus-wide campaigns are delivered around traditionally higher-risk events including Homecoming and Spring Break.  Ongoing training on high-risk drinking prevention and safer drinking is offered through the Office of Health Education & Outreach Programs, Counseling and Consultation Services and the Butler University Police Department to students, faculty, and staff by request.

Substance Free Fun

Because many Butler students want to have fun and don’t necessarily need or want alcohol to be a part of their plans, @BUGoodCleanFun features daily postings about campus and local events that are substance-free.  This student-run social media resource is a go-to for many Butler students seeking to make evening or weekend plans! Find them on Facebook or Twitter.  And, don’t forget that the Student Government Association has a committee dedicated to late-night events too!