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HEAT - Health Education and Awareness Team

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The Health Education & Awareness Team (HEAT) is a group of students trained by the health educators at Schiffert Health Center to deliver fun, interactive, and educational health and wellness programs to student groups and residential halls throughout the campus community.

HEAT’s mission is to develop an effective peer network within the campus environment that promotes, supports, and encourages healthy living for all students. The program seeks to make students more aware of the consequences of unhealthy behaviors by providing educational life-skills training with the most up-to-date information about healthy life-style choices.

HEAT Programs

HEAT members do public health outreach events and workshops about safer sexual behaviors, contraception, healthy eating choices, sleep, skin cancer prevention, tobacco-use prevention, cold and flu awareness, among others. All of our events address issues that will make the campus community healthier, safer, and more enjoyable. We also sponsor events like the Tobacco-Free Hokies T-Shirt Campaign and Wrap that Package Week.

HEAT is a student development program sponsored by Schiffert Health Center and is registered through the Leadership and Student Organization Program as a University Student Life Program.

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How to schedule a HEAT program

HEAT offers over 35 workshops each semester. All workshops are taught in McComas Hall. More information about the Healthy Hokie Wellness Workshops

Why be a HEAT Member?

Students in the HEAT program gain life skills in leadership, responsibility, organization, and networking. HEAT members are motivated by personal experience and the desire to improve lifestyles for themselves and their peers. They become more knowledgeable about public health issues and develop self-confidence, public speaking skills, group facilitation, and communication skills. HEAT members also learn and practice effective problem solving, decision making, and program planning skills. They learn the importance of sharing ideas and learning from others.  Although HEAT members are not paid, they receive valuable training and experience from participation.

Here are some things that past HEAT members have said about being in the program:

  • “You can influence others in positive ways!"
  • "It's a great way to meet friends on campus!"
  • "Being a part of the group places you in a group of people with common purpose and ideals."
  • "You will have the opportunity to gain leadership skills such as how to run an effective meeting, delegation, team building, and motivation."
  • "As a peer educator, you will learn to be a better listener, a caring helper, communicate better, and gain confidence in confronting people."
  • "This leadership experience can help build your resume for future education or a career."
  • "As a student, you may have the opportunity to attend area conferences for greater education and leadership."
  • "You will feel good about yourself and your efforts to improve the lives of those around you!"
How to become a HEAT member

HEAT is a wonderful opportunity for students who are looking to get teaching, public speaking, and leadership experience.  The weekly time commitment for Health Education and Awareness Team members is at least 2-3 hours with significant (and mandatory) training and attendance requirements. There is also a minimum two-semester commitment. Extensive training is required for all HEAT members (provided at no charge). The application process for these volunteer positions is competitive. The next application process will take place in the Spring of 2015 semester to select new HEAT members for the 2015-2016 academic year. 

  • Information will be posted here in February of 2015 regarding the application process.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Information updated on 03/30/2013. VT Health Education is a branch of the Schiffert Health Center in the Division of Student Affairs.