SUU Health and Wellness Program

R.E.A.L. Peer Health Educator

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Real Education Affecting Life (R.E.A.L.) Peer Health Educators are professionally trained and disseminate evidence-based, up-to-date, accurate information through confidential one-on-one consultations, informational group presentations, and programs. 

The R.E.A.L. Peer Health Education program at Southern Utah University is designed to promote student leadership by utilizing students to provide health and wellness education to their peers.

Students involved in the program can choose from four specific areas of health.  Each member of the program has the opportunity to advance into a Team Leader position, and attend BACCHUS Initiative – NASPA conferences with other universities around the country.

Students wishing to become R.E.A.L. Peer Educators should enroll in UNIV 1020 - REAL Peer Training, which is held Mondays and Wednesdays at Noon during Fall and Spring Semesters.

If you are interested in joining one of our R.E.A.L. Peer Teams, please contact Nikki Gwin, Wellness Coordinator, at (435) 865-8435 or

To apply: Complete the Interest Application (Google Form)

Peer Health Education Teams

Sexual Health Peer Educators

The Sexual Health Peer Education Team offers an array of services such as presentations, open nonjudgmental consultations, as well as host events on topics covering sexual and relational health. They provide the SUU campus community with up-to-date information and programs that educate and inform students on birth control choice, relevant safe-sex practices, sexually transmitted infections (STIs). They can assist you in making healthy decisions about sex, dating, and relationships.

Mental Health Peer Educators

The Mental Health Peer Education Team focuses on promoting and nurturing the mental well-being of SUU students. They are a team of highly trained individuals that hold consultations with their SUU peers to address issues such as anxiety, depression, stress management, grief & loss, and suicidality. They serve as a bridge to SUU Counseling and Psychological Services. You might be surprised how much talking with a peer can help. Mental Health Peer Educators offer a non-judgmental space to talk. They are here to listen and desire to make a positive difference in the lives of SUU students.

Physical Health Peer Educators

The Physical Health Peer Education Team realized the importance of a healthy balanced life. They strive to educate SUU students on how to; eat healthy on a tight budget, the freshman 15: fact or myth, the importance of nutrition/fitness, good sleep hygiene, as well as eating disorders and healthy body image. Physical Health Peer Educators host health challenges, presentations, and hold consultations with students looking to improve their physical health and well-being. Please stop by our office for free information on healthy treat alternatives and recipes for seasonal fruits and vegetables.

ATOD (Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs) Peer Educators

The ATOD Peer Education Team advises SUU students on the potential harms related to alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use and misuse. They strive to promote a positive behavior change regarding drugs and alcohol based on scientific data and are here to talk about your college experience, listen to any concerns you may have, and provide a non-judgmental space for all SUU students. ATOD Peer Educators hold consultations, conduct presentations, and educational seminars to groups regarding various drugs and alcohol topics.