Louisiana State University Uses MyStudentBody to Educate Students About High-Risk Behaviors
Louisiana State University (LSU), founded in 1860 in
Baton Rouge, enrolls over 26,000 students, with 3,500 students involved in
Greek life through fraternities and sororities. LSU’s urban setting supports a
large athletic program with many standout programs such as baseball,
basketball, gymnastics, and a well-publicized football team.
LSU is known among students as a “party school” due to its close proximity to
New Orleans. In fact, students are given a sanctioned day off to experience
Mardi Gras celebrations. In May 2003, with a large population on campus and the
public eye watching events at LSU, there was a clear need for alcohol education
to teach college students about the dangers and risks associated with drinking.
LSU began using MyStudentBody in July 2004 as a way to make alcohol education
more interactive and teach students about the dangers of alcohol in a new way.
LSU’s Wellness Education Coordinator, Hope McPhatter, MA, CHES, explained that
prior to using MyStudentBody, LSU health educators organized events such as
wellness classes, Alcohol Awareness Week, and activities for their Greek population.
LSU began using MyStudentBody with the support of the vice chancellor,
registrar’s office, and dean of students, because the program reached a larger
population than the existing wellness activities.
Today, MyStudentBody continues to be a requirement for
all incoming students, including first year and transfer students. The judicial
system also uses the program as a sanctioning tool for students. For example:
if a student commits a drug infraction, he or she is required to take the
LSU Resident Advisors and student ambassadors speak about
MyStudentBody in a positive way, which motivates students to educate themselves
through the program. McPhatter feels strongly that there is an increased level
of wellness education knowledge on campus due to MyStudentBody. The increase in
education has helped students identify alcohol poisoning and other serious
alcohol-related emergencies on campus.
“Students are more aware of the dangers of alcohol; they
have more knowledge about alcohol because of the education through
MyStudentBody,” says McPhatter about the changes that have occurred in the
students after the implementation of MyStudentBody.
While MyStudentBody is not the only health education
program available, LSU believes the program to be the most interactive and
interesting to students. Administrators have enjoyed the customer support that
MyStudentBody provides. LSU continues to educate their students on alcohol and
other wellness topics through MyStudentBody.
MyStudentBody has exceeded LSU’s expectations due to the
“support from the MyStudentBody team. Anytime we make a suggestion,” says
McPhatter, “the MyStudentBody team listens, and more often than not, the
MyStudentBody team uses these suggestions to enhance their program.”
Hope McPhatter, like many wellness educators, is working
to teach college students about healthier lifestyles. “MyStudentBody is my
choice for a primary prevention program that reaches my entire campus and
educates LSU students about their daily choices.”Back To Case Studies