UCO Adds 18 New Peer Health Leaders to Promote Health and Wellness on Campus

May 30, 2014

Media Contact: Whitt Carter, Communications Specialist, Wellness Center, University of Central Oklahoma, 405-974-3127, wcarter1@uco.edu


The University of Central Oklahoma’s Wellness Center recently selected 18 students to serve as Peer Health Leaders for the 2014-15 academic year.

“Over the past three years, the Peer Health Leadership program has grown exponentially. We have increased the number of student leaders, created innovative health education programs and have helped create a culture of wellness on campus. The Peer Health Leaders directly serve the students of UCO by empowering their peers to engage in healthy lifestyle practices in all areas of wellness,” said Brittney Criswell, coordinator of health promotion.

As Peer Health Leaders, Central students help their peers discover and adopt healthy lifestyles through educational programs and campaigns like grocery store tours, Campus Cook, dorm room workouts and “Dog-Gone Stress.”

Peer Health Leaders gain skills in program planning, public speaking and personal communication as they increase their knowledge of health and wellness.

Peer Health Leaders are selected through an application and interview process. Each one receives a partial tuition waiver and volunteers 25 hours each semester to promote health to Central students.

The new Peer Health Leaders, including major and hometown, are:

  • Christopher Ahrens, kinesiology, Tulsa;
  • Raquel Doman, nursing, Edmond;
  • Chelsey Dumas, kinesiology, Guthrie;
  • Kylee George, English, Edmond;
  • Aamr Hasanjee, biomedical engineering, Edmond;
  • Marina Hernandez, community/public health, Oklahoma City,
  • Ryan Lincoln, Nutrition, dietetics/food management, Kansas City, Missouri;
  • Sidra Mesiya, chemistry health sciences, Oklahoma City;
  • Rachael Owens, organizational communication, Las Vegas, Nevada;  
  • Glenda Parker, nutrition/dietetics/food management, Lawton;
  • Ashely Sells, kinesiology, Fort Gibson;
  • Samantha Siharat, community/public health, Enid;
  • Jacquelynn Skocik, nutrition/dietetics/food management, Tulsa;
  • Alyssa Stewart, biology major, Moore;
  • Jennifer Swan, graduate student in political science, Oklahoma City;
  • Brittany Wilson, community/public health, Moore;
  • Micala Wood, sociology, Yukon; and
  • Jordan Young, graduate student in wellness management, Cushing.

Peer Health Leadership is a program of UCO Healthy Campus in partnership with Mercy Clinic at UCO – a team of students, faculty, staff, university departments and community agencies working together to create a more healthy campus at Central. Additional Healthy Campus programs include Exercise is Medicine, healthy vending machines on campus, CALL SAM (Student Assistance by Mercy), and many more programs and activities. Central’s partnership with Mercy began in 2009 with the launch of Mercy Clinic at UCO, a full service clinic that provides the Edmond community access to quality health care services.           

For more information about the Peer Health Leaders and health education at Central, visit www.ucowellnesscenter.com or contact Criswell at 405-974-2320 or bcriswell@uco.edu.