Eastern Illinois University's Health Education Resource Center recently received two grants that will bolster its efforts to educate students about tobacco and alcohol.
The first grant, $15,000 in continued funding from Live Free Tobacco Free, will allow the HERC to create an even stronger impact in its health education and promotion efforts concerning tobacco use and cessation.
The second grant, $7,500 from the Illinois Higher Education Center, will be used to enhance alcohol-education efforts, including the creation of a First-Year Health Guide for incoming students and a Student Leader Guide to Alcohol and Other Drugs.
"This will allow students to become empowered with knowledge as well as begin preparing them to assist their peers in key decisions concerning health and safety," said Rachel Z. Fisher of EIU's HERC.
The center's mission is "to prevent and reduce preventable health risks and illnesses that interfere with academic performance, learning, student retention, and personal growth opportunities."
The center works throughout the academic year to educate students on a variety of topics, including alcohol education, tobacco cessation, stress management, financial health, cold and flu prevention, nutrition and sexual health.