Prevention & Wellness

Prevention & Wellness

About


Prevention & Wellness, a component of Campus Activities, promotes a culture of respect and inclusion through education designed to empower students to maintain healthy lifestyles and make informed decisions. Additionally, Prevention & Wellness oversees Gorilla Pantry. 

Until further notice, the Gorilla Pantry will have a limited amount of pre-bagged groceries  that can be picked up in Shirk Hall. If you have any questions please email gorillapantry@pittstate.edu

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The Gorilla Pantry is aimed at improving the lives of students and campus employees. By providing food to those in need, Gorilla Pantry is able to make a difference on our campus. 

The Gorilla pantry is located in 108 Overman Student Center and has open hours Tuesday-Friday from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm or by appointment. When utilizing the Gorilla Pantry, please bring your PSU ID. 


Schedule an appointment by emailing gorillapantry@pittstate.edu or calling the Campus Activities Office at 620-235-4795.

Donations can be made at Axe Library, the Student Recreation Center, College of Education (115 Hughes Hall), or online through our Amazon Wish List. Click here to view the Amazon Wish List. 

 

 

College Health Topics
  • Alcohol
  • Tobacco
  • Marijuana
  • Sexual Health
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
  • Stress Management

Alcohol is a depressant because it slows down the central nervous system, causing a decrease in motor coordination, reaction time and brain performance. Understanding the effects alcohol can have on your body and the risks associated with alcohol use can help you make informed decisions.

Standard Drink Sizes 

Standard Drink Size

Symptoms of Alcohol Poisoning

  • Person is passed out and cannot be awakened
  • Person has cold, clammy, or bluish skin color
  • Person has slow or irregular breaths:
    • less than 8 times per minutes
    • less than 10 seconds in between breaths
  • Person is vomiting and does not wake up

 

Reduce your risk of Alcohol Poisoning

  • Drink 1 standard sized drink per hour
  • Alternate between water or sports drink (Powerade/Gatorade) and alcoholic beverages 
  • Know your limit, set your limit, and do not go over your limit
  • Eat a full meal before drinking 
  • Do not mix alcohol with other substances of any form
    • some examples include: energy drinks, marijuana, Xanax, Adderall, etc.
  • Do not leave any beverage unattended, be mindful of your drink while being prepared, and do not accept drinks made from other people. You should make your own drinks.
  • Leave a situation you do not feel safe or in control. Have a system with friends and establish a safe word. This can help you leave the situation

Tobacco is an addictive substance because it contains the chemical nicotine. Like heroin or cocaine, nicotine changes the way your brain works and causes you to crave more and more nicotine. This addiction to nicotine is what makes it so difficult to quit smoking and other tobacco. 

How it can be used:

-Smoked (oral): Tobacco can be shredded and smoked in cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, and pipes.

-Vaping Devices (oral)- In many e-cigarettes, puffing activates the battery-powered heating device, which vaporizes the liquid in the cartridge. The person then inhales the resulting aerosol or vapor (called vaping). The liquid typically contains nicotine (though not always), flavorings, and other chemicals.

Vaping Devices

-Chewing tobacco (oral): Chewing tobacco is loose-leaf smokeless form of tobacco that is often coated with a flavoring licorice or molasses. The chewing tobacco is placed between the teeth and the gums in the form of a wad and then it is chewed in order to release the flavor and nicotine, which is then absorbed by the mouth.

-Dip (oral): Dip is a type of finely ground or shredded, moistened smokeless tobacco product. The dip is removed from the can, and put into the mouth between the gums and teeth where the nicotine can be absorbed by the mouth.

Dangers

Nicotine in any form is a highly addictive drug. Research suggests it can even prime the brain’s reward system, putting users at risk for addiction to other drugs.

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Smoking causes:

  • Cancer
  • Heart Disease
  • Stroke
  • Lung Diseases
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis.

 

E-cigarette use exposes the lungs to a variety of chemicals, including those added to e-liquids, and other chemicals produced during the heating/vaporizing process.

NIH 

Cessation

Quitting tobacco is a process. Whether you are thinking about quitting or not yet ready to quit, or have already quit, there are resources to help you with each step of the way.

 

On-Campus:

Prevention &Wellness

Taylor Panczer, MPH, CHES

Tobacco Treatment Specialist

109 Overman Student Center

tpanczer@pittstate.edu

 

Bryant Student Health Center

620-235-4452

 

Off-Campus:

KanQuit

Kansas Tobacco Quitline

1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669)

KSquit.org

Marijuana is the dried flowers, leaves and stems of the Cannabis sativa plant. The main active ingredient in marijuana is THC (delta 9 tetrhydrocannabinol).

Marijuana can range from 1% THC to 8%.

Hashish can be 7% to 14% THC

Hash oil is up to 50% THC.

THC is a fat-soluble substance and can remain in the lungs and brain tissue for up to 3 weeks.

Usage

  • Smoked via a pipe, a bong or by rolling a joint
  • Vaping devices
  • Blunts are cigars that are emptied of tobacco and refilled with marijuana, sometimes in combination with other drugs.
  • Edibles- baking it in brownies, cookies, lollipops, gummies, etc. Eating marijuana will delay the onset of the effects, but they will last longer. 

 

Dangers of Marijuana

  • Impaired short-term memory. There are long term effects on memory and learning as well.
  • Difficulty thinking and problem solving
  • Anxiety attacks or feelings of paranoia
  • Impaired muscle coordination and judgment
  • Increased susceptibility to infections
  • Dangerous impairment of driving skills. Studies show that it impairs braking time, attention to traffic signals and other driving behaviors. This impairment can last 12 to 24 hours due to accumulation of marijuana in fatty tissue.
  • Cardiac problems for people with heart disease or high blood pressure, because marijuana increases the heart rate

 

Synthetics

These chemicals are called cannabinoids because they act on the same brain cell receptors as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main active ingredient in marijuana. However, the hundreds of known synthetic cannabinoid chemicals and THC are different chemicals. In fact, synthetic cannabinoids may affect the brain in different and unpredictable ways compared to marijuana.

 

Synthetic cannabinoids are used in a variety of ways:

  • Sprayed onto plant material and smoked
  • Mixed into a liquid and vaped in electronic nicotine delivery devices (such as e-cigarettes)
  • Added to herbal tea or to food and swallowed

Synthetic cannabinoids can cause severe illness and death.
Synthetic cannabinoids can affect brain function. Signs and symptoms include:

  • Agitation and irritability
  • Confusion and concentration problems
  • Hallucinations, delusions, psychosis, suicidal thoughts, and violent behavior
  • Seizures
  • Sleepiness and dizziness
  • Breathing problems
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Heart attack, fast heart rate, high blood pressure, and stroke
  • Kidney failure
  • Muscle damage

CDC

Sexual health is a state of physical, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality. It requires a respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence.

Abstinence

Abstinence is most commonly understood to mean not having sexual intercourse, including vaginal, anal, and/or oral sex. However, abstinence means different things for different people. For some, abstinence means having no sexual contact at all with a partner. For others, abstinence means having no genital contact with a partner. 

Abstinence from vaginal, anal and oral sex is the most effective way to avoid pregnancy and STIs, but this method does require self-control and commitment.

 

Safer Sex

There are many points to consider as you and your partner discuss being sexually active like safer sex and contraceptive options. Condoms and dental dams are great safer sex options for college students, but you may try other options as well until you find what works best for you.

Consent

If you and your partner(s) are choosing to be sexually active, consent needs to be given. For more information on consent and sexual assault prevention, visit our Campus Victim Advocate page

 

Condoms

If used correctly and consistently every time, condoms greatly decrease the risk of receiving or transmitting many STIs including HIV. Condoms come in many different types and sizes. You can try out different kinds to see which feel best to you.

External Condoms 

Internal Condoms

Formerly known as female condoms, are polyurethane condoms you be used for vaginal or anal sex. Although they are often called female condoms, they can be used by people of any gender.

 Internal Condom

Dental Dams

Dental dams are used during oral sex on a vulva or anus to prevent the spread of STIs, including HIV. Dental dams are square pieces of stretchy latex or plastic placed between the mouth and the vulva or anus. They are used one time (they are not reversible) and thrown away.

 

*If you don't have a dental dam you can make your own! You could use a large piece of plastic wrap or cut a condom or glove into a flat rectangle and use it in the same way.

 

Lube

Lube is extremely important for penetrative (penis, fingers, toys) sex.  It is recommended to use lots of water or silicone-based lubricant can lower friction a lot and help keep a condom from breaking.

 

With latex condoms use only water or silicone-based lubes. Do not use oil-based lubricants like massage oils because they can break down the latex in the condom causing it to be ineffective at preventing STI transmission, including HIV or pregnancy.

 

FREE SAFER SEX SUPPLIES are available on campus

Prevention & Wellness Office- 109 Overman Student Center

Variety of external condoms including classic, glow in the dark, ultra thin, studded, magnum, and non-latex

Internal Condoms

Dental Dams

Lube, Water-Based and Silicone

Help yourself to envelope and make your own. 

 

 

Bryant Student Health Center

Classic external condoms. Ask for an envelope at the front desk. 

 

Masturbation

Masturbating is totally normal and completely healthy. Most people do not like to talk about it, but individuals of all gender identities and ages do it.

 

In most cases, masturbation is not harmful. Some people never masturbate and that’s okay. Some masturbate couple times a day, some only daily or weekly. Masturbating is a personal decision and only do it if you want to.

 

Masturbating is only a problem if it gets in the way of things such as: school, work, hanging out with friends and family, doing other activities you like.

 

Masturbation is not only for single people or people who are not having sex. Many individuals choose to masturbate regardless of their relationship status.

 

Planned Parenthood

 

Sex Toys

Sex toys can be fun, but only when used correctly and in a safe way. Some individuals choose to use them when they are alone, with their sexual partners, or on themselves while partners are present. Whatever your decision, it's important to understand how to clean the toys properly and how to protect yourself against STIs if you choose to share sex toys with others.

No matter what sex toy you choose to use or how you choose to use it, there are a few things to keep in mind to make the experience safe and help protect yourself from STIs.

  • Before using the toy check for any imperfections, including rough seams, tears, or cracks.
  • Using lubrication is a great way to help enhance the safety of sex toys. Water-based lubricant is most commonly used, but follow the instructions that come with the toy.
  • If sharing sex toys, use condoms and dental dams to help prevent the spread of STIs. If switching the toy to another person, make sure to use a different condom or dental dam. Remember, soap alone is not effective for removing STI bacteria or viruses from the toy.
  • If it hurts, stop! If you are using toys with a sexual partner, earn trust with one another. If you want to try again, relax and add extra lube if needed. 

Cleaning

Proper cleaning of sex toys is essential to avoid bacterial infection or transmission of STIs. If you want to prevent pregnancy, it is also important to remove sperm that may be on the sex toy before using it near or in the vagina. It's important to keep the instructions for cleaning the sex toy and to follow them carefully.

For basic toy care, remove any batteries. Never submerge electrical components in water. Use a damp, soapy washcloth to clean your electric toys, preferably with anti-bacterial soap. Keep toys stored in a container or pouch (to keep them clean) and in a cool, dry place.

More Information

Sexually Transmitted Infections are infections that are passed from one person to another through sexual contact. This includes oral, vaginal, and anal intercourse as well as genital touching.  

 

We use the terminology STI instead of STD now because not on all sexually transmitted infections do not always have symptoms or the infection does not develop into a disease. 

 

Pregnancy could still happen if ejaculatory fluid is near the opening of the vagina. STIs such as human papilloma virus (HPV) and herpes can be transmitted by skin-to-skin contact. Oral-genital contact comes with the risk of STIs including HPV, herpes, gonorrhea and hepatitis.

 

Abstinence from vaginal, anal and oral sex is the most effective way to avoid pregnancy and STIs, but this method does require self-control and commitment.

 

 

Categories of STIs 

Bacterial 

  • Gonorrhea 
  • Syphilis 
  • Chlamydia 

Treatment= Cured Antibiotics  

 

Viral- The 4 H’s:

  • HIV 
  • HPV (genital warts) 
  • Herpes 
  • Hepatitis 

Treatment= No cure, but their symptoms can be alleviated with treatment. 

 

Parasitic 

  • Trichomoniasis 
  • Crabs/pubic lice  
  • Scabies 

Treatment= Cured with antibiotics or topical creams/lotions 

CDC

 

Reduce your risk

It is important to know that only latex and polyurethane condoms are effective at preventing transmission of STIs, including HIV. Other condoms, such as lambskin condoms, do not prevent the transmission of STIs, including HIV.

Stress is our body’s way of responding to any kind of pressure or demand. Not all stress is bad. It depends a lot on the situation and how we handle or respond to it.

 

Our reaction to stress is necessary and can be beneficial when it’s in short or quick doses. It assists us in physical life-threatening situations by allowing us to run faster and fight harder.

 

What is Eustress?

Eustress is “good” stress. It is stress that arises from the demand of pleasant activities. 

Ex: vacation, weddings, promotions, running, etc. These things are all considered Eustress or good stress.

 

What is Distress?

Distress is “bad” stress or negative stress. It is the stress we experience in regard to “negative” demands to which we must adapt. It is when we experience stress for too much of the time. 

 Ex: cramming for finals all the time, too heavy of a workload (having a hard time saying no to things), troubled relationships, etc.

 

Self-Care

Self-Care is the practice of taking action to preserve or improve one’s own health. Self-Care is more than bubble baths and face masks. Self-Care is more holistic. It is a routine and eventually, it becomes a lifestyle.

Good self-care is taking care of yourself. That, in turn, will help maintain your physical, emotional, and mental reserves to prevent and manage stress. 

Good self - care looks like:

  • Regular sleep which is 7-9 hours a night for adults
  • Exercise 30 minutes of moderate (walking) or 15 minutes of vigorous (running, HIIT) activity each day
  • Relaxation- Positive coping methods like yoga, meditation, reading, etc.
  • Eating well- Good plan to follow for eating well is MyPlate

Peer Health


Why Peer Education?

It is our belief that peer education is an effective instrument in which one may deliver information to a target audience, since the messenger is more like them in lifestyle and circumstances.

What to Expect

Our programs and workshops are highly versatile and adaptive, giving us the opportunity to cater our message to our target audience.

Workshops


  • Responsible Decision Making (RDM)
  • Stress Management
  • Sleep
  • Body Image
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STI)
  • Alcohol Workshop
  • Drug Workshop
  • Hazing Bystander Intervention
This is an interactive workshop that covers general facts about alcohol, drugs, and safer sex practices. Additionally, there is a discussion on the consequences of high risk drinking and the available resources. This workshop takes approximately 45 minutes to facilitate.
This workshop will define terms, help identify stressors, and teach techniques that can help manage stress. This workshop takes approximately 40 minutes to facilitate.
This workshop addresses myths and facts of sleeping, sleep deprivation, sleep cycles, and provides tips to help improve sleeping habits. This workshop takes approximately 40 minutes to facilitate.
This workshop challenges a person’s perception on beauty and body image. It helps individuals examine societal, cultural and media factors, and their own beliefs that help contribute to body image and their behavior changes as result of those factors. This workshop takes approximately 30 minutes to facilitate.
This workshop addresses the difference between sexually transmitted disease and sexually transmitted infections, the risk associated with unprotected sex, and preventative measures that can be taken to decrease your risk of STIs. This workshop takes 20 minutes to facilitate
This workshop includes activities that cover the standard drink size, BAC, signs and symptoms of alcohol poisoning, and some risks associated with drinking. This workshop takes 30 minutes to facilitate.
This workshop covers opioid use, both illicit opioids and prescribed opioids, and how the impact these drugs can have on person’s life. This workshop takes 15-20 minutes to facilitate.
It's a 60 minute presentation on identifying hazing, how to be an active bystander in a hazing situation, and the resources to help.
  • Buses
  • Additional Help

SafeRide

On-Demand

SEK-CAP provides a van and a Kansas Department of Transportation trained and certified drive for the PSU SafeRide program from 8pm - 2:30am on the following days:

  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday 

Rides are provided in the Frontenac - Pittsburg area. Call 620-719-0135 to schedule a ride.

The Loop

The Loop bus operates from 8pm - 2:30am on the following nights:

  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday

Students along this route can expect the bus every 30 minutes.

Please note: the bus does not replace SafeRide service accessed by calling 620-719-0135 but the SafeRide driver may suggest you catch the bus if you're on, or near, the fixed route, as it is intended to free up the SafeRide van to provide rides to those not on the bus route.

 

Contact Us


Taylor Panczer

Taylor Panczer
Program Coordinator
Prevention & Wellness

Campus Activities
109 Overman Student Center

(620) 235-4795

Contact Taylor