Presentation and Workshops

In addition to one-on-one services, there are many other ways enrolled students and other UF affiliates can interact with GatorWell. Request a GatorWell staff member to present on a health topic for a student organization, class, or other student event.

*Note: GatorWell presentations are only available for persons affiliated with the University of Florida. Presentation sponsors are responsible for ensuring attendance (no less than 10 attendees), advertising, room reservation, set-up and refreshments.

In an effort to prevent low or no attendance to requested presentations, all requestors must agree to the following:

1. Requests should be submitted at least two (2) weeks in advance of your desired program date.

2 Approved requests are limited to certain days and times that maximize student attendance, up to the discretion of GatorWell.

3. Prior to the presentation date, GatorWell staff will communicate with the requestor by email and/or phone to confirm details and discuss a process to ensure adequate attendance.

4. Upon arriving to the presentation, GatorWell staff will wait for 15 minutes after the agreed upon start time and will then leave if there aren’t at least 10 student participants present and/or if the requestor is not prepared for the presentation to start on time.

5. Resident Advisors are strongly encouraged to team up with other Resident Advisors and their Area Residence Life Government to put on a larger event to increase attendance between floors and halls.

6. For residence hall and student organization requests, the requestor must provide GatorWell with a sign-up sheet at least 2 days before the actual presentation date confirming that at least 10 – 20 students will be attending the presentation.

Presentation Topics

Alcohol and Other Drugs

Alcohol 101
GatorWell’s basic overview of alcohol use on the college campus. Basic alcohol education, including: standard drinks, high-risk drinking definitions, alcohol and the body, consequences from alcohol use, risk reduction strategies, and debunking common myths around drinking.

  • Define common standard alcoholic drink sizes
  • Identify at least 3 risk reduction strategies to use if drinking
  • Identify at least 1 way alcohol affects the human body

Content Customizations: Can adjust talking points by request as long as learning outcomes are met.
Time: General presentation will need 45-60 minutes; time depends on student participation. Time can be shortened by request as long as learning outcomes are met.

Substance Use, Misuse, and Abuse

This presentation is a general overview of substances and addiction. Participants will learn about what addiction looks like, what the recovery/treatment process can entail, and common substances misused in the UF community.

  • Identify signs and risk factors of Substance Use Disorders
  • Explain the components of addiction treatment/recovery
  • Explain effects of commonly misused substances on UF’s campus
  • Develop a risk reduction strategy regarding substance use

Smokes, Tokes and Edibles
Using relevant research and statistics, this workshop will walk through the legal, physical, and social implications of tobacco and cannabis use. Group discussions and interactive activities will be used to guide conversation between students and the GatorWell presenter.
Content Customizations: Can focus on cannabis or tobacco by request. General workshop will cover both.

  • Discuss common reasons and motivations for tobacco and cannabis use
  • Compare health effects of different tobacco and cannabis products
  • Discuss perceived and actual consequences of tobacco and cannabis use
  • Explain campus, state, and federal policies regarding tobacco and cannabis use
  • Identify 3 strategies to reduce, prevent, or stop tobacco and/or cannabis use

Time: General workshop will need 60 minutes; Customizations may make workshop shorter.

General Health

Healthy Decision Making

This presentation will discuss the various aspects of wellness that are impacted by a students’ decision making. Through the introduction of SAMHSA’s 8 Dimensions of Wellness Model, students will learn to identify the dimensions of Emotional, Environmental, Financial, Intellectual, Occupational, Physical, Social, and Spiritual Wellness. Participants will discuss and practice the decision making and goal setting process. Campus resources to assist students in improving their health and wellness will also be discussed.

Objectives:

  • Identify SAMHSA’s 8 Dimensions of Wellness Model.
  • Describe the decision making and goal setting process
  • List campus health resources available to students.

The Eight Dimensions of Wellness

Wellness or a lack of wellness can have a significant impact on the academic success of students. This presentation will introduce participants to SAMHSA’s 8 Dimensions of Wellness model. After briefly learning about the model, participants will have an opportunity to participate in an interactive activity around wellness. Students will identify a dimension of wellness that they are doing well in, an area in which they would like to improve, and they will set an action step to work on improving their wellness.  Additionally, the presentation will review available resources on campus to assist students in improving their wellness.

Objectives:

  • Identify SAMHSA’s 8 Dimensions of Wellness Model.
  • Describe how the 8 Dimensions connect to everyday life.
  • Formulate an action step to improve their wellness.
  • Identify various health resources on campus that are available to them.

Healthy Eating

Healthy Eating on a College Budget

This presentation provides students with the information needed to healthy eating related decisions as a college student.

Objectives:

  • Articulate how healthy eating impacts academic performance and overall health
  • Discuss prioritizing healthy eating
  • Learn how to eat well on a college budget
  • Learn tips to stay motivated

Sexual Health

Contraception 101

This presentation provides a general overview of current contraceptive methods available and how they prevent unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Objectives:

  • Compare current contraceptive options
  • Identify factors to consider when choosing a contraceptive method
  • Demonstrate correct condom use
  • Learn ways to talk with a partner about using contraception

Let’s Talk About Sex (Sexual Responsibility & Self-Awareness)

If you’re looking for a presentation that provides a general overview of some sexual health highlights, than this is the presentation for you! Students also get the chance to explore what their sexual values are and how to effectively express them.

Objectives:

  • Identify ways your environment (e.g. campus, media, peers, etc.) has contributed to your ideals and values
  • Strengthen your sexual self-confidence
  • Explore ones sexual identity & freedoms, as well as sexual health preventative tips/risk reduction strategies
  • Learn to communicate these ideas to a partner

Sex, Lies, and Chocolate

This is one of our most popular presentations! Our “Sexpert” will provide the answers to most frequently asked questions regarding sexual health. Participants receive a chocolate treat* for every question they ask or help the “Sexpert” answer. (*Chocolate treats are provided by the presentation requestor).

Objectives:

  • Provide an opportunity for students to have their sexual health questions answered in a fun, relaxed, and non-threatening environment
  • Clarify myths and stereotypes regarding sexual related material
  • Identify campus resources available to meet the sexual health needs

Sexually Transmitted Infections 101

This presentation provides a general overview of a variety of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including signs & symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

Objectives:

  • Learn about the most common STI’s that affect college students
  • Identify risk reduction strategies
  • Provide tips for talking with partner(s) about safer sex

Interpersonal Violence Prevention

Interpersonal Violence Overview

Interpersonal Violence is a topic with many layers, this presentation is meant to be an intro to the topic of Interpersonal Violence. Some of the topics covered in this presentation are Consent, Title IX, Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, and Dating/Intimate Partner Violence.

Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to identify different types of interpersonal violence.
  • Participants will be able to describe actions they can take to prevent interpersonal violence.
  • Participants will be able to describe how interpersonal violence can affect a community.

Consent. Yes! Yes! Yes!

This presentation is focused specifically on the topic of consent and how it relates to interpersonal violence. During this presentation we will define consent and discuss the role of consent in sexual assault prevention, skills to recognize when consent can and cannot be given, and how to ask for consent.

Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to distinguish situations in which consent is and is not given
  • Participants will be able to describe different ways to ask for consent
  • Participants will be able to discuss the role of consent in sexual assault prevention

Changing Rape Culture

This presentation is focused specifically on the topic of rape culture and how it relates to interpersonal violence. During this presentation we discuss rape myths, how rape culture manifests and evolves, examples of rape culture in the media and pop culture, as well as on college campuses, and skills to identify and challenge rape culture.

Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to identify social norms that contribute to rape culture.
  • Participants will be able to recognize behaviors that contribute to rape culture.
  • Participants will be able to identify actions they can take to prevent a rape-supportive culture.

Love Shouldn’t Hurt: Intimate Partner/Dating Violence

This presentation is focused specifically on the topic of Intimate Partner/Dating Violence and how it relates to interpersonal violence. During this presentation we will define intimate partner/dating violence. We will also discuss the continuum of abuse, signs of a healthy relationship vs. an unhealthy relationship

Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to identify signs/indicators of intimate partner/dating violence.
  • Participants will be able to describe characteristics of a healthy relationship.
  • Participants will be able to describe actions they can take to prevent intimate partner/dating violence.

Bystander Intervention

This presentation is focused specifically on the topic of Bystander Intervention and how it relates to interpersonal violence. During this presentation we will discuss how to recognize signs of a potentially risky situation, techniques to intervene in these situations, barriers to intervening as well as ways to overcome them.

Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to identify factors that contribute to violence.
  • Participants will be able to describe cues to intervening in situations of potential harm.
  • Participants will be able to describe barriers to intervening in situations of potential harm.

Stress Management

Relax and Unwind

This presentation focuses on relaxation strategies that can help students manage their stress for a positive impact on their overall wellness. During this presentation, students will focus on and be introduced to stress management through relaxation techniques including but not limited to guided imagery, meditation, guided breathing, and progressive muscle relaxation. Students will be provided examples of resources as well as invited to participate in practice. Students will understand how stress management and relaxation benefits personal and academic success and will be able to use these techniques anytime and anywhere.

Objectives:

  • Identify personal stressors
  • Recognize the benefits of relaxation in relation to academic and personal success
  • Explore relaxation techniques you can do on your own
  • Practice breathing techniques, progressive muscle relaxation, and guided imagery
  • Create a stress management plan

Stress Management 101

The National College Health Assessment (NCHA) consistently shows that stress is the number one academic impediment for college students. Although some stress can be motivating, a buildup of stress can have significant academic impacts as well as short and long term health impacts. This presentation focuses on causes of stress, signs of stress that students experience and effective stress management strategies. During the presentation students will discover stress management strategies they can do daily and also have an opportunity to practice relaxation methods.

Objectives:

  • Examine personal causes of stress
  • Identify personal signs of stress
  • Discuss effective strategies to manage stress
  • Practice relaxation techniques for managing stress

Stress Reduction Before Finals

With assignment deadlines, final exams, and everything else that has to be wrapped-up, the end of the semester can be very stressful. Feeling overwhelmed by all that students have to do during the end of the semester can lead to decreased productivity, increased stress levels, and may impact academic success. Students will learn tips and strategies to employ before students become too overwhelmed by end of semester assignments and finals. During this presentation students will explore ways to reduce test anxiety, prepare adequately for finals, and implement self-care to reduce stress and perform well academically.

Objectives:

  • Identify personal signs of stress.
  • Examine skills related to final exam preparation.
  • Discuss self-care and stress management techniques.
  • Practice stress reduction techniques that can be used anytime and anywhere.

Time Management

Manage Your Time, Maximize Your Potential

Many college students have very busy schedules, so being able to organize and manage time is essential to academic and personal success. Students not only have coursework to complete, but they also are involved in extracurricular activities, employment, and additional activities promoting social interaction. In this workshop, students will assess their current time management practices, learn about effective tools to improve their time management, create prioritized plans, and discuss strategies to prevent procrastination.

Objectives:

  • Assess current time use
  • Practice prioritizing tasks
  • Create plans and organized schedules based on prioritized tasks
  • Discuss strategies to overcome procrastination

Sleep Management

Sleeping in the Swamp

Many UF students report that it is challenging to get enough sleep, and less than half of students report feeling rested four or more days a week. This presentation focuses on sleep strategies that can help students improve the quantity and quality of their sleep, leading to positive impacts on their health and academics.

Objectives:

  • Understand the benefits of sleep in relationship to academic and personal success.
  • Identify strategies to improve the quantity and consistency of their sleep.
  • Identify strategies to improve the quality of their sleep.
  • Create a plan for improving sleep.

Sleep. Dream. Thrive.

Sleep is imperative for physical and mental health as well as student academic success.  However, according to recent GatorWell survey results, 65.7% of UF students are feeling rested upon awakening from sleep 4 days or less each week.

This presentation is a programmatic component of GatorWell’s Sleep.Dream.Thrive Campaign for students living on campus.  The goal of this campaign is to increase the quantity and quality of sleep that UF students get on a nightly basis.

Objectives:

  • Increase awareness of the benefits of a good night’s sleep to health and academic success.
  • Discuss sleep hygiene strategies to help improve their quantity, consistency, and quality of sleep.
  • Practice effectively communicating with others about sleep preferences.
  • Create a plan for improving sleep.

This presentation is for residence hall and comes with Sleep.Dream.Thrive. campaign materials.  Resident Advisors, Graduate Hall Directors, Area Coordinators, and IRHA representatives can request this presentation.   The minimum length of time for this presentation is 60 minutes.