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March 29th, 2009
Peer education conference at Texas State


Texas State held this year’s Boosting Alcohol Consciousness Concerning the Health on University Students (BACCHUS) Network Area Six and Peer Education Regional Spring Conference on March 27-28, in the LBJ Student Center.

The conference’s theme, “Journey to Success,” highlighted mental health issues and college students.

“We’re holding the regional conference at Texas State because we have two very active peer education programs on our campus: The Network and Men Against Violence (MAV),” said Julie Eckert, advisor to The Network and MAV. Both groups deliver approximately 150 health and wellness presentations to 8,000 Texas State students each year.”

Texas State is expecting approximately 125 peer educators, and their advisors, from throughout the five state region (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.) Programs were to be delivered on nutrition, stress, sexual health, violence prevention, alcohol, body image and eating disorders. Training began on March 27, with the conference starting the following day.

BACCHUS is a network of student leaders and advisors who promote student leadership regarding high risk behaviors, such as safe lifestyle choices, unhealthy sexual practices and alcohol, tobacco and illegal drug use.

For more information, contact the Texas State Alcohol and Drug Resource Center at (512) 245-3601.

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