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Newest ‘Healthy Wildcats’ to Bolster Campuswide Wellness Effort

'Healthy Wildcats' 14 members stronger
‘Healthy Wildcats’ 14 members stronger

Fourteen Penn College students were trained as “Healthy Wildcats” at the Morgan Valley Retreat Center in Nippenose Township on Saturday. During the all-day training retreat, the students learned vital information about what it means to be a peer health educator, strategies for promoting healthy behaviors among college students, listening skills, responding and referral skills, intervention skills, and programming and presentation skills. Each member also committed to attending organizational meetings and assisting with health-promotion activities on campus. The Healthy Wildcats’ first activity will be to join Students Making a Contribution at the “Out of the Darkness” Walk for Suicide Awareness and Prevention on Sunday at Indian Park in Montoursville. Healthy Wildcats are a group of Penn College students who promote health and wellness on campus through events and advocacy. For more information about the group, contact Kristi L. Hammaker, health and fitness specialist (who provided the photo) by email or at  ext. 7621. Students, their hometowns and majors are: back row, from left, Giovanni A. Calle, Shohola, manufacturing engineering technology; Abdulrhman K. Alrasheed and Mohammad A. Kanwi, Williamsport, both plastics and polymer engineering technology; Anders T. Felton, Armagh, welding fabrication and engineering technology; Seth D. Veneziano, Bellefonte, culinary arts technology; and Brandon R. Ginter, Abbottstown, construction management. Front row, from left, are Meagan E. McGeehan, Landisville, dental hygiene; Tara I. Butler, Milesburg, Alyssa P. Willover, West Chester, and Robert J. Rowse Jr., Milton, all nursing; Tyler Youngs, Media, physical fitness specialist; Kayla M. Jackson, Warren, pre-nursing; Stephanie L. Weidman, Westfield, human services; and Emily M. Yoder, Catawissa, dental hygiene: health policy and administration concentration.

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