The University of West Georgia continues to join forces with the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety to educate youth about alcohol abuse, including underage drinking and impaired driving. The UWG Department of Health Services has earned a GOHS grant award annually since 2004.
This year’s grant award of $12,000 is to be used for continued participation in the Georgia Young Adult Program. Designed for colleges and universities in the state, the Georgia Young Adult Program focuses on peer education in order to bring awareness to highway safety issues including alcohol education, alcohol abuse prevention, impaired and distracted driving, underage drinking, addiction, safety belts, speeding, risk reductions and other destructive decisions. The long-term goal of the program is to create safer, healthy campus environments.
Programming, provided through the collaborative efforts of many offices and coordinated by Ron King, health educator responsible for alcohol education, includes diverse classes and activities as well as the distribution educational incentives designed to establish positive, healthy lifestyles and traditions.
The development of a culture of responsibility, safety, and health for the students, faculty, staff, and alumni attending home football games in the UWG stadium and coliseum as well as at Greek Village, home to students in Greek-letter fraternities and sororities, are targeted areas. Trained peer educators provide safety incentives for those students who attend alcohol education classes as well as during the annual observance of Health and Safety Week, National Alcohol Awareness Week, and at presentations provided by nationally recognized speakers. King and the peer educators are also available to do presentations in local area high schools.
For further information contact Jill Hendricks, grant project manager at 678-839-0641 or Ron King, health educator at 678-839-4164 at UWG Health Services.