The health education team provides services in the clinic and on campus. In the clinic, we provide nutrition counseling, sexual health education and counseling and tobacco cessation.
On campus, we provide a number of education and awareness events, workshops, and presentations in residence halls, Greek houses, classrooms and for student organizations. We also have student peer educators who amplify our health education efforts and provide their peers with
information and connect them to campus resources.
Good eating habits and a healthy diet have many physical benefits, but can also help improve your mental and emotional health, too. Meet one-on-one with our registered dietitian to learn how making simple, healthy choices can help you.
You can also receive advice and information on the following topics: weight management, eating disorders, heart-healthy eating, celiac disease, diabetes, general nutrition, vegetarian diets and more.
Meet with our health and wellness nurse or sexual health educator to ask questions and get peace of mind. We offer birth control counseling, STI testing and counseling, pregnancy testing and counseling and an educational session for women who are having their first annual well woman
We can connect you to a number of resources for honest, accurate sexual health information. We also provide free condoms and other safer sex supplies to students who need them.
Did you know UK is a tobacco-free campus? If you are a tobacco user thinking about quitting tobacco, we have resources to help you be successful.
Our tobacco treatment specialists will work with you as you get ready to quit, develop a plan for quitting, and support you along your journey of becoming tobacco-free. Through our iQuit program, you will receive a QuitKit with items to help you through the quitting process. You may also receive free nicotine replacement
products and can enroll in our email-based support program.
You can enroll in the iQuit program through
Our health education team hosts a variety of events that students look forward to every year, including:
Free HIV testing
Spring Break Week
Love Your Body Week
PAWS for Stress Relief
Safer Sex Week
Kick Butts Day
We also give a variety of presentations in residence halls, Greek houses, classrooms and for student organizations. If you’d like to bring one of our presentations to your group, please email the contact person for that presentation.
Presentations by health education staff
Eat This Not That (30-50 minutes)
The purpose of this workshop is to help students understand that food is not about someone telling you what you can and cannot eat, but beginning to understand that it is up to the individual to listen to their own body and make conscious, mindful choices that will nourish them in mind, body and spirit. Contact Emily Waits at
Emily.Waits@uky.edu for this program.
Healthy Living in College (50 minutes)
This interactive session focuses on staying healthy in college. University Health Service believes in prevention as well as early detection and treatment of health problems. Good health enables students to study effectively, maintain regular class attendance, and reach life goals. At the end of this session, students should be able to identify lifestyle behaviors that promote health (e.g., nutrition, exercise, sleep, stress management, immunizations, and hygiene) and make healthy choices about common issues faced by students (e.g., alcohol, tobacco, drugs, and sex). To schedule this session, contact Fadyia Lowe via email at email@example.com.
Put Down the Spoon! (50 minutes)
How often have you reached for something to eat not because you were hungry but because you were stressed? 42% of UK students have reported that within the last 12 months their level of stress was more than average. This session focuses on the health impact of stress, how to effectively manage stressful times instead of reaching for food, and healthy eating recommendations to ensure your body is prepared to cope with stress. To schedule this session, contact Fadyia Lowe via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking in the Mirror (50 minutes)
A negative body image can affect overall health, sense of well-being, and academic performance. This presentation will focus on positive body image, educating about disordered eating and eating disorders. Students will learn how to identify an eating disorder, the signs and symptoms, societal issues, how to help a friend and the resources available on campus. To schedule this session, contact Fadyia Lowe via email at email@example.com.
Sexual Health Jeopardy (1 hour)
In this Sexual Health Jeopardy game, students learn about contraception, STIs and safer sex in a fun, interactive way. Ideal for groups of 8 to 50, this presentation requires the ability to view a PowerPoint presentation (computer, projector, etc.). Contact Fadyia Lowe at
Fadyia.Lowe@uky.edu for this program.
Safer Sex 101 (40 minutes)
This interactive class will cover the basics of sexual health, with the goal of empowering students to take control of their bodies and sexual well-being as the navigate college life. Topics covered include consent, making informed decisions, preventing sexually transmitted infections (including HIV), getting tested, and campus/community resources. Each session will end with an anonymous Q&A where students can get honest answers to questions that they have been reluctant to ask. To schedule this session, contact Fadyia Lowe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Smart and Sexy (45-60 minutes)
This presentation takes a comprehensive look at sex and sexuality and helps students identify their values that will guide them in making decisions about their sexual health. Birth control options, sexually transmitted infections, safer sex and sexual orientation/identity/expression are discussed in this presentation. Contact Fadyia Lowe at
Fadyia.Lowe@uky.edu for this program.
Presentations by Peer Health Educators
Stress Management (30-50 minutes)
Through this interactive presentation, students learn about causes, consequences and management of stress. Special emphasis is placed on how to decrease or manage daily stress. Students will have the opportunity to assess their own stress level and develop a brief plan to better manage their life. Contact Fadyia Lowe at
Fadyia.Lowe@uky.edu for this program.
Less Stress More Success (45-60 minutes)
Through this interactive program, students learn about causes and consequences of stress and how to manage it. Students will have the opportunity to assess their own stress level and develop a brief plan to manage or reduce the daily stressors in their life. Contact Fadyia Lowe at fadyia.Lowe@uky.edu for this program.
Love Your Selfie (45-60 minutes)
Negative body image can affect overall health, sense of well-being, and
academic performance. This program will
focus on the importance of positive self-image and societal pressures regarding
appearance. Contact Fadyia Lowe at fadyia.Lowe@uky.edu for
Know Your Sweet Spots (45-60 minutes)
One of the major components to having a healthy, safe, and pleasurable sexual experience is knowing our bodies. This program covers basic sexual/reproductive anatomy and physiology through a fun trivia game. Contact The Sexperts at UKSexperts@gmail.com for this program.
What’s Your (Safer) Sexpertise (45-60 minutes)
In this engaging trivia game, participants learn about the state of sexual health on campus and the basics of having a healthy sex life as a college student. Contact The Sexperts at UKSexperts@gmail.com for this program.
Pillow Talking (45-60 minutes)
official Bedsider.org representatives, The Sexperts cover the basics of the
most common birth control methods and provide resources to empower participants
to take control of their bodies and to choose when pregnancy is right for them. Contact The Sexperts at UKSexperts@gmail.com for
Peaches and Eggplants (45-60 minutes)
This program uses fun and engaging activities to teach participants about the importance of safety and communication when using dating apps. The Sexperts discuss the language used to talk about sex and how this affects our perceptions and expectations. Contact The Sexperts at UKSexperts@gmail.com for this program.