“When darkness is at its darkest, a star shines the brightest.” -Louise Philippe
Students Talking About Relationships & Sex (S.T.A.R.S.) is a peer education prevention program that utilizes interactive theater and dialogue to transform individual behaviors and create positive social change. STARS educates students on sexual assault, relationship abuse and bystander intervention, and empowers peer educators to become advocates for a safe, healthy, and inclusive CSUSM community. Through S.T.A.R.S the idea that sexual assault and intimate partner violence (aka Domestic Violence, relationship abuse) are private matters is challenged and students are bringing the issues to the forefront as societal problems that need to be addressed. Read the rest of this entry
Did you know almost half of all pregnancies in the United States are unplanned? Did you know approximately 50% of these unplanned pregnancies occur in women who say they were using some form of contraception? There are many birth control options available to women today.
Though the birth control pill is widely used and generally considered safe, many of our college students report difficulty remembering to take the pill at the same time every day. Some women don’t like the side effects of the birth control pill. Other women have certain medical conditions that make it unsafe to use hormone contraceptives. College women are asking for safe, reliable, hassle-free birth control options that are 99.9% effective. Read the rest of this entry
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!! Use your voice, make your choice to prevent drug abuse and excessive alcohol use and promote mental and emotional well-being.
With every healthy choice you make, YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!! Prevention of substance abuse and promotion of mental health starts with the choices that each of us makes in our own life. Through your personal healthy choices, you can set an example of health and wellness for other students. Your healthy behaviors help to prevent drug abuse and excessive alcohol use and promote mental and emotional well-being for those around you. Read the rest of this entry
Do You? With Summer just around the corner and finals coming to a close, students often find pleasurable ways to commemorate another semester accomplished and a job well done. Students at the ages of 21 or older tend to celebrate with the consumption of alcohol. Being able to enjoy a few drinks with friends is a privilege, and as such, it should be stressed that with this privilege comes a great amount of responsibility as well. Read the rest of this entry
According to the SAPAC 53% of victims of domestic violence were abused by a current or former boyfriend or girlfriend. Domestic violence affects more students than most people think. Take Back the Night is an event on campus’ that began 35 years ago and has spread through the nation that fights to break the silence about sexual assault and domestic violence. We come together as a community to raise our voice in the night to support one another and fight for a safer tomorrow! Read the rest of this entry
The San Diego County Public Health Department has been monitoring the increase in cases of Invasive Meningococcal Disease that has been confirmed in 18 individuals in Tijuana, Mexico since January 2013. There have been a number of deaths there. There have also been three (3) cases of Meningococcal Disease within San Diego County this year. Last year, there were eight (8) cases in San Diego County. Read the rest of this entry
Hey Cougars! With Spring Break just around the corner and students prepping for midterms, Summer is steadfast on its way for some rays and Vitamin D. During this time many college students plan ahead to get back into shape and lose all that holiday weight. Although it is a good thought to be concerned about appeal and presentation, are you aware of the benefits of physical activity and exercise? If not, sit tight, listen, and turn in those thoughts about 6-packs and muscular biceps, and learn more about the positive health effects about staying active. Read the rest of this entry