Amherst College Student Health Educators

Amherst College Student Health Educators The Student Health Educators are a group of Amherst College students that are interested in actively addressing health issues on campus.

The Student Health Educators are a group of Amherst Students that are interested in and actively address health issues on campus. We deal with a wide range of topics: sexual and reproductive health, mental health, body image/eating disorders, alcohol/drugs, both women’s and men’s health as well as many other general health topics. Find us on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/ACSHEs

Mission: We are here to listen, advise and educate on a broad range of health topics. Feel free to contact any of us individually. The Student Health Educators are: Isabella Berkley '19 Seyoung Jeon '20 Madison Carbone '17 Will Cohen '19 Tess Frenzel '17 Genevieve Lucas-Narcisse '19 Tucker Meijer '19 Beni Dieujuste '20 Allison Ogawa '18 Will Dunne '20 Jeremy Paula '17 Greg Roder '18 Daria Taubin '20

Swipe to find out why the SHEs put our lights on for SAAMherst. Commemorate Sexual Assault Awareness Month with us by po...
05/01/2020

Swipe to find out why the SHEs put our lights on for SAAMherst.

Commemorate Sexual Assault Awareness Month with us by posting a picture to your story of a lit candle & the reasons why you support survivors!

Check out this article from The New York Times on sex and COVID-19! Also, the SHEs are happy to answer any additional he...
04/28/2020
Sex and the Coronavirus: Reader Questions, Answered

Check out this article from The New York Times on sex and COVID-19!

Also, the SHEs are happy to answer any additional health-related questions that folks may have. Shoot us an email at [email protected]. 😃

Will there be a baby boom in nine months? Is this a bad time to get pregnant? Could PrEP protect me? And should high-risk people abstain altogether?

News outlets have reported that in Walled Lake, Michigan and San Francisco, California, cannabis use has steadily increa...
04/17/2020
Smoking weed and coronavirus: Even occasional use raises risk of Covid-19 complications

News outlets have reported that in Walled Lake, Michigan and San Francisco, California, cannabis use has steadily increased since the beginning of self-isolation due to COVID-19. Some users have linked increased cannabis use to the anxieties caused by this pandemic and people have also reported that users are stocking up in case dispensaries are deemed "non-essential services." At this time, it is important that we are cognizant of the effects of cannabis on the body and brain, and specifically how it can put people at a higher risk of COVID-19 complications.

Take a look at these three articles to get a perspective on how COVID-19 is affecting cannabis use. It is important to understand that smoking and cannabis use increases the risk of complications due to COVID-19. As Dr. Mitchell Glass, a pulmonologist and spokesperson for the American Lung Association, said, "Covid-19 is a pulmonary disease. Do you really want to have a confounding variable if you need to see a doctor or a healthcare worker by saying, 'Oh, and by the way, I'm not a regular user of cannabis, but I decided to use cannabis to calm myself down.' You don't want to do anything that's going to confound the ability of healthcare workers to make a rapid, accurate assessment of what's going on with you." (Sandee LaMotte, CNN, link below)

It's also important that we create and facilitate other coping strategies during this uncertain and anxiety-producing time. Head over to our Instagram @ac_she to check out some healthy strategies to manage anxiety during this time!

https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/It-calms-me-Bay-Area-people-turn-to-15191109.php

https://www.voicenews.com/news/coronavirus/marijuana-alcohol-use-way-up-during-covid-19-outbreak/article_acd67bf2-89c7-55c9-8032-fd58983e64dc.html

https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/10/health/smoking-weed-coronavirus-wellness/index.html

You may think that an occasional hit of weed during the coronavirus pandemic isn't an issue, but even that could make it more difficult for doctors to diagnose you with Covid-19. And more frequent use puts you at risk for severe complications.

We hope this post finds y'all well! Finding exercise and self-care tips may be a bit sporadic so here a few we found!The...
04/15/2020

We hope this post finds y'all well! Finding exercise and self-care tips may be a bit sporadic so here a few we found!

These tips are from NYT’s Anna Goldfarb’s recent article! The link is below!
https://bit.ly/Take-Care-Q

Check out the SHEs guide to safe sex in quarantine, adapted from the NYC Health Department’s guide published in March. S...
04/12/2020

Check out the SHEs guide to safe sex in quarantine, adapted from the NYC Health Department’s guide published in March. Swipe to read!

Feeling snacky when you work on that paper or problem set? Try a healthy study snack! The best part is that this can be ...
04/10/2020

Feeling snacky when you work on that paper or problem set? Try a healthy study snack! The best part is that this can be customised so you can make it with the ingredients you have on hand.

04/08/2020
www.cdc.gov

While we should all continue to do our part to limit the spread of COVID-19 through social distancing, washing our hands, and staying at home whenever possible, here are some tips from the CDC on how to manage the virus if you or someone you know ends up contracting it:

It is always important in a time like this to have a contingency plan if you or a family member gets sick!

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/sick-with-2019-ncov-fact-sheet.pdf

Back to one of our favourite topics — sleep! Getting proper rest will boost your immune system, increase energy, and can...
04/03/2020

Back to one of our favourite topics — sleep! Getting proper rest will boost your immune system, increase energy, and can improve stress management. Here are a few tips to maintaining proper sleep hygiene.

(Graphic from https://healthcenter.ucsc.edu/wellness/sleep.html)

Check out our very own Dr. Catherine Sanderson discuss key elements of how to maintain happiness in a period of chaos, s...
04/02/2020
Rich Bracken — Episode #106 - Happiness During Chaos with Dr. Catherine Sanderson

Check out our very own Dr. Catherine Sanderson discuss key elements of how to maintain happiness in a period of chaos, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. These tactics will allow you to turn the tide on your anxiety and maintain a stronger level of positivity.
https://richbracken.com/podcast/106?fbclid=IwAR2EumjiQgBvK5-yqiJRC-s3hbr-LYCUETyqP0CW8AyZtkyaFkQf7XCiq9U

In this episode, I discuss key elements of how to maintain happiness in a period of chaos, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, with renowned expert, Dr. Catherine Sanderson. These tactics will allow you to turn the tide on your anxiety and maintain a stronger level of positivity.

Muncie OUTreach
04/01/2020

Muncie OUTreach

03/17/2020
In the Footsteps of Thich Nhat Hanh Online Summit

Have you been interested in learning more about mindfulness and self compassion? If your feeling anxious about this time this is a free opportunity that is worth checking out! “Cultivate joy and transform suffering with wisdom from leading teachers in the Plum Village tradition of mindfulness, compassion, and peace.”

A free online event, March 25-29, 2020

We will be tabling this week in both Keefe and Val regarding travel safety for Spring Break! Be sure to register your tr...
03/09/2020

We will be tabling this week in both Keefe and Val regarding travel safety for Spring Break! Be sure to register your travel plans with the school, and keep up with regular COVID-19 updates from the president’s office.

We’ll be tabling this upcoming week in both Keefe and Val regarding travel safety for Spring Break! Be sure to register your travel plans with the school, and keep up with regular COVID-19 updates from the president’s office.

Here are some simple things you can do to help prevent illnesses! Wash your hands frequently (and use hand sanitizer in ...
03/09/2020

Here are some simple things you can do to help prevent illnesses! Wash your hands frequently (and use hand sanitizer in a pinch), cover your cough (in your elbow or with a tissue), and don’t share water bottles, cups, or personal hygiene items.
Contact the health center if you’re feeling sick!

Simple things you can do to prevent illness! Make sure to wash your hands frequently (and use hand sanitizer in a pinch), cover your cough (in your elbow or with a tissue), don’t share water bottles, cups, or personal hygiene items, and contact the health center if you’re feeling sick!

Come show your support for our community! This spring, the PAs are hosting the Third Annual Community Promise and they a...
02/19/2020
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Come show your support for our community! This spring, the PAs are hosting the Third Annual Community Promise and they are looking for readers to help present a poem in the Friedmann room on Thursday, February 27th at 7:30pm. We hope that this event leaves you with a feeling of empowerment after hearing the voices of the many different allies on campus.

If you would like to be a reader at our upcoming Community Promise event, please fill out this form by Friday, February 21st at the latest: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSed5tbL9qZt2kEVjclI5cRYpalpS5Jy0_3ZV0g_mbjngs2oxg/viewform

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"By 1957 Kenner had saved enough money to her first ever patent: a belt for sanitary napkins. It was long before the adv...
02/03/2020
The Forgotten Black Woman Inventor Who Revolutionized Menstrual Pads

"By 1957 Kenner had saved enough money to her first ever patent: a belt for sanitary napkins. It was long before the advent of disposable pads, and women were still using cloth pads and rags during their period. Kenner proposed an adjustable belt with an inbuilt, moisture-proof napkin pocket, making it less likely that menstrual blood could leak and stain clothes."

Remember free menstrual products are available in Frost Library bathrooms.

Mary Beatrice Davidson Kenner was a self-taught inventor who created the sanitary belt and filed five patents in her lifetime.

02/03/2020
Need a vacay to focus on self and your spiritual practices?The Nourish Interfaith Retreat is a two day getaway to a retr...
01/28/2020

Need a vacay to focus on self and your spiritual practices?

The Nourish Interfaith Retreat is a two day getaway to a retreat center in the woods 1 hour from campus. This overnight retreat cultivates connection to self and other through reflective activities and spiritual practices, with plenty of downtime for rest, walks in the woods, and hanging out.

Applications can be found through the QR Code. The deadline is January 30th!

Want to discuss faith and down a plate?Well, the Office of Religion and Spiritual life is holding anInaugural Interfaith...
01/28/2020

Want to discuss faith and down a plate?

Well, the Office of Religion and Spiritual life is holding an
Inaugural Interfaith Banquet Tuesday Feb 4, 6-7:15pm in Lewis Sebring. Amidst brief remarks, the creation of a community altar, and a playlist of sacred music compiled by attendees, the main focus will be table conversations about faith and worldview among students, faculty, and staff

If you are interested in this event, scan the QR code below and RSVP by January 30th!

The 2020 Wellness Challenge runs from Feb 3-Mar 3. The deadline to sign up is Jan 31 at noon!The Challenge is open to st...
01/28/2020

The 2020 Wellness Challenge runs from Feb 3-Mar 3. The deadline to sign up is Jan 31 at noon!

The Challenge is open to students, staff, and faculty, and in past years participation for a little as 15 minutes a week significantly reduced stress, anxiety and depression, and improved well-being and satisfaction with the College.

Participants choose from a weekly menu of activities in areas of: mini-goals, health, social connection, emotional skills, meaning, and self-talk. In past years participation for a little as 15 minutes a week significantly reduced stress, anxiety and depression, and improved well-being.

Click the link to sign up!: https://amherst.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0MrVKfPnQzvdrQV

Update!! A big thank you to everyone who took the survey.  We are 75 students away from having a sample we can use to he...
11/24/2019

Update!! A big thank you to everyone who took the survey. We are 75 students away from having a sample we can use to help improve health and wellbeing across our campus. Please take the survey and encourage your fellow Mammoths to take it too! Thank you!!! YOUR VOICE MATTERS! Your voice matters and we need your participation to help us determine the needs of our community! Check your email for your link and take the survey!

Make your Voice Heard! Take the National College Health Assessment!  Help us improve our programming to meet your needs!
11/15/2019

Make your Voice Heard! Take the National College Health Assessment! Help us improve our programming to meet your needs!

“Quetelet’s work didn’t just lay the groundwork for racism — it actively argued for it.”
10/17/2019
The Bizarre and Racist History of the BMI

“Quetelet’s work didn’t just lay the groundwork for racism — it actively argued for it.”

The Body Mass Index has been used in recent decades as a referendum on individual health. But it was never meant to be used this way.

This Saturday, October 19th, is the first-ever #NationalPeriodDay.Period. Inc. is hosting rallies in all 50 states to de...
10/16/2019

This Saturday, October 19th, is the first-ever #NationalPeriodDay.
Period. Inc. is hosting rallies in all 50 states to demand menstrual equity and an end to the tampon tax.
Find your local rally at NationalPeriodDay.com!

IMAGE DESCRIPTION: square with a light gray background and black font says 35 states tax tampons as luxury items. Viagra is tax exempt and is considered a medical necessity. Let’s change that. Right below is a thick red line and the logo for National Period Day October 19.

This Saturday, October 19th, is the first-ever #NationalPeriodDay.

Period. Inc. is hosting rallies in all 50 states to demand menstrual equity and an end to the tampon tax.

Find your local rally at NationalPeriodDay.com!

IMAGE DESCRIPTION: square with a light gray background and black font says 35 states tax tampons as luxury items. Viagra is tax exempt and is considered a medical necessity. Let’s change that. Right below is a thick red line and the logo for National Period Day October 19.

Thanks to everyone who came to the Wellness Fair! We hope you had a great time!
10/04/2019

Thanks to everyone who came to the Wellness Fair! We hope you had a great time!

Where is the counseling center? A lot of other students have had the same question! The Wellness team has put together a...
09/24/2019
About Us | Our Location | Amherst College

Where is the counseling center? A lot of other students have had the same question! The Wellness team has put together a short video on how to find it, which you can view here: shorturl.at/qMZ89.
The link also has a map of campus and some more info about the resources available at the counseling center.

Where is the Counseling Center? December 5, 2016 The Wellness Team sees if Amherst students know where the Counseling Center is...

Mental Health Awareness Week starts tomorrow! The SHEs are working with a number of student groups and resource centers ...
09/22/2019

Mental Health Awareness Week starts tomorrow! The SHEs are working with a number of student groups and resource centers around campus to raise awareness about this topic. A full list of events can be found here: shorturl.at/gFILP

Hope to see you there!

Planned Parenthood
06/23/2019

Planned Parenthood

Breaking: A federal court just ruled that the dangerous, unethical gag rule can go into effect, threatening birth control and other essential health care for 4 million people who obtain care through Title X.

We’re doing everything we can to undo the Title X gag rule and minimize its harm for millions of patients across the country. The Title X gag rule cannot — and will not — stand.

Learn more about the fight to #ProtectX: https://p.ppfa.org/2MZBrVy

Throwback to our treat yo’ self party! Remember to treat yo’ self in these last few weeks of school![Image description: ...
04/26/2019

Throwback to our treat yo’ self party! Remember to treat yo’ self in these last few weeks of school!

[Image description: People dancing in the powerhouse]

#throwbackthursday

Thank you to the Peer Advocates of Sexual Respect for nominating us to participate in the #SAAMherst2019 Challenge! We b...
04/16/2019

Thank you to the Peer Advocates of Sexual Respect for nominating us to participate in the #SAAMherst2019 Challenge!

We believe and support survivors because they deserve to be believed and supported. Listening to their stories and giving the support they want and need is necessary and something that we should all strive to do. The #1Thing we promise to do is to, within all of the communities to which we belong, make efforts both big and small to ensure survivors feel safe, supported, included, and heard.

We nominate two of our own SHEs Ilyssa Forman and Genevieve Narcisse to participate in the #SAAMherst2019 Challenge!

Throwback to our nutrition event with dining services and the farm! Make sure to check out their next cooking opportunit...
04/12/2019

Throwback to our nutrition event with dining services and the farm! Make sure to check out their next cooking opportunity Thursday April 18th at 6pm

[Image Description: Two students stirring food in a pan while making faces at the camera]

#throwbackthursday

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Hey everyone! My class is conducting a survey about sexual health disclosure (i.e., Do you tell/ask your sexual partners about STDs?). Please take our survey! It'll take about 10-15 minutes. It's really important to write in the boxes –those are the answers we care about the most. If you’d like to take our survey, please use this link:
Hey everyone! My class is conducting a survey about sexual health disclosure (i.e., Do you tell/ask your sexual partners about STDs?). Please take our survey! It'll take about 10-15 minutes. It's really important to write in the boxes –those are the answers we care about the most. If you’d like to take our survey, please use this link:
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