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Healthy Hokie Workshops

Healthy Hokie Workshops

Healthy Hokie Workshops

Hokie Wellness offers many workshops that are always open to the general student body.

The workshops in this section also satisfy academic credit for PHS1514, UNIV1004, and HD2314.

Hey ladies, do you want to stop hating your body but have no idea how? If you just answered “yes,” you are not alone. Let us help you bring the phrase “self-confidence is the best outfit, rock it and own it,” to life with the Body Project Workshop Series (BPWS).

By age 6, girls start to express concerns about their own weight or shape. 40-60% of elementary school girls ages 6-12 are concerned about their weight or about becoming too fat. This concern endures through college and decades into adult life. We can teach you how to break that cycle.

If you are like many women, you have survived years of being taught that your body is not good enough, thin enough, strong enough, pretty enough, sexy enough. Basically, your body image doesn’t meet the body ideal that "society" demands. Feeling bad, resentful, and disappointed about your body harms your self-esteem, attitude, confidence, your body, and mental health.

Hokie Wellness has taught the BPWS for 5 years. Hundreds of women have changed how they think about themselves. For many, it is the first time they have talked about their bodies. Our participants come from every aspect of campus and community life. Common forms of feedback include “this program is amazing,” “it was a great program, more girls should do this,” and “the facilitators were so nice and created a comfortable environment!”

This workshop series is entirely interactive and you'll have many opportunities to contribute. The participants themselves generate almost all of the content and discussions. Our Body Project Facilitators just lead participants there. You'll get to talk, share, listen, and discover with other women. Most participants are surprised at just how much they enjoyed the workshop and say that the 4 hours flew by. For many, it's the beginning of a whole new way of thinking.

Having seen the results of the BPWS we believe that every woman should attend. In addition to gaining personally, you will learn techniques that can help you speak to other women, your sisters, and perhaps even your future children in body positive ways.

Why not enroll right now? We offer BPWS workshops for several different groups of women. Many include incentives and freebies too.

BPWS Options:

Disclaimer: The Body Project is not a treatment for anorexia or bulimia. Please do not enroll in these workshops if you may think there is a possibility that you may have some degree of anorexia or bulimia, OR have been diagnosed or treated for either in the past and are still struggling. Instead, please contact lfritsch@vt.edu for information about services for eating disorders or look into HEART (Healthy Eating Assessment & Referral Team)

  1. Any woman who is a VT student and/or those in PHS can sign up.
  2. Sorority Women can take a sorority BPWS
  3. VT faculty and staff can email lfritsch@vt.edu for information on upcoming BPWS for VT employees

NOTE: This workshop can NOT be used for HD 2314 Human Sexuality credit. See below for more credit info.

“Do It Safer” is an interesting and interactive workshop about all of the ways you can reduce your risk of getting STDs/STIs.

We are not going to bombard you with a biology style lecture of STD images and long medical explanations about viral infections. Instead you'll get to focus on the things that reduce YOUR chances of getting or transmitting an STD/STI in a non-judgmental and inclusive space.

Along with several fun activities, we will explore STD/STI prevalence rates, treatment, and prevention options specific to Virginia Tech.

We think everybody should take this workshop - whether you are sexually active now or thinking you may be in the future. Regardless of who you are and how you love, you'll walk away with a new understanding of risk and ways to make sexual activity safer while at Virginia Tech and beyond.

And yes, HEAT will give out freebies for those that want them.

Running time is about 1hr+15minutes

CREDIT INFO: If you are in HD 2314, do NOT take this workshop. Instead take the workshop called Combo: "Do It Safer & Contraception”

IMPORTANT: See below about who can get academic credit for attending this workshop.

Wondering about contraception options at Virginia Tech? Nervous about STDs and challenging conversations? Looking for testing resources? Come to our "combo" class to learn everything from abstinence to emergency contraception to symptoms of an STD.

The Combo workshop is a complete “Do It Safer” workshop with “Contraception” section added to it.

Like all of our sexuality workshops, the Combo Workshop is interactive, fun, and you will get some free condoms at the end!

Running time is about 1.5 hours.

CREDIT INFO:This workshop is the only workshop that satisfies the requirements for HD 2314 Human Sexuality. Students in other classes (PHS 1514, UNIV 1004, etc) may get academic credit for taking a combo workshop, but won’t get more credit if he/she also takes a separate "Do It Safer” workshop.

Are you concerned about a friend or family member who is struggling and wish you knew what to do and say to help them?

Hokie Wellness knows this is a tough situation, so we developed a wonderful workshop called Helping Friends in Distress (HFID). In the workshop, you will learn how to recognize the symptoms of sadness and depression, how to engage with a person you care about, and discuss ways to get them further help. HFID programs are interactive and you will get to practice techniques.

During your lifetime, you will have friends and family members that experience loss, sadness, or depression. An HFID workshop can help you understand and intervene in those situations, even though it is not designed to teach you how to treat the persons loss or sadness.

The body needs fuel to succeed academically, emotionally, and physically. In this workshop, we don't focus on fad diets, facebook food crazes, restrictions, monthly cleanses, or the like. We talk about the food your body and mind need to be successful; how to choose it; how much; and where to get it. We encourage balance and variety. You won't hear us talking about good-vs-bad foods. You'll learn about resources that help you navigate food choices on campus and in life.

Nutrition 101 covers the fundamentals of healthy eating, including how to choose the right foods and the appropriate quantity, and where to access it. Learn how to understand confusing food labels, take advantage of resources, and navigate choices on campus and in daily life.

How is your sleep? Do you wish you got more? Are you satisfied with the quality of your sleep? Do you wake up tired/fall asleep during the day?

Everybody at one point or another will have to deal with sleep problems like these:

  • sleep deprivation
  • sleeplessness
  • sleep disturbances

In this workshop we’ll cover what happens cognitively and physically when you sleep. We’ll do sleep assessments so you can learn to change your sleep habits now and start reaping the benefits of great sleep

Do you have a love-hate relationship with your phone? Are you constantly “checking” social media but also craving time without it? You are not alone!

Come to Unwind Offline to:

  • Understand why it’s so hard for everyone to put their phone down
  • Discuss positive and negative ways our device use impacts health and wellbeing
  • Get tips on how to maximize the pros and minimize the cons of your device

Join us for this exploration of the 10 most important facts about vaping and what you can do about them. We designed this program for everyone. People who vape regularly or occasionally; people who are thinking about vaping; and even those who never plan to vape at all.

Schedule a workshop for your group

Please click below to schedule a workshop for your organization or class. You will be redirected to a form that will help you submit your request and a Hokie Wellness representative will get back with you quickly.

NOTE: This is NOT to sign up as an individual (see above)