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The Health Promotion and Education Program, under the direction of Health and Wellness Services, is pleased to launch the fourth year of operation for the POWER (Promoting Otter Wellness through Education and Resources) Peer Education program, which utilizes a peer-based harm reduction approach to promote healthy living among CSUMB students. The mission of the program is to train students to provide primary prevention education and health promotion to foster academic success.

POWER Peer Educators present dynamic, interactive workshops to their CSUMB peers and conduct health outreach activities that encourage responsible lifestyle choices. As friends, educators, activist, role models, and team members, POWER Peer Educators strive to make a difference at CSUMB and within surrounding communities.

Workshops offered include: alcohol education, suicide prevention and awareness, and sexual assault education and prevention. This semester, we are also excited to announce the launch of the "Don't Cancel That Class" program, whereby instructors called away from from campus due to business, illness, or other obligations are encouraged to contact the Health Promotion and Education Program staff to arrange for class coverage with a Peer Education or other health promotion workshop.

Through the Department of Health, Human Services and Public Policy, students serving as Peer Educators are able to earn course credit for completion of the Peer Education training course (offered each Spring) and ongoing service to the CSUMB community.

More information about the POWER Peer Education and/or "Don't Cancel that Class" programs can be found online at: http://health.csumb.edu/power-peer-education, or by calling (831) 582-4437.