University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Student Wellness Advocacy Team, or SWAT, has a passion for improving the health of the university's student body through health and wellness education. Their interactive programs span a wide range of topics, from hosting a sex positivity week to coordinating the "Step It Up" fitness and nutrition challenge.
One of SWAT's most recent endeavors has been working to make UW-Eau Claire a tobacco-free institution, and the group has been awarded a Spark grant from the American Lung Association to help them reach their goals.
Allison Arvey, a peer health educator with SWAT said that the grant has provided their team with additional resources to educate students on the health risks of tobacco products to which they would otherwise have little or no access.
"In partnership with Spark, our goal is to provide education and cessation resources to promote a healthier, greener environment for the campus community," Arvey said.
As a SWAT team member, Arvey feels a responsibility for advocating in support of the health of her fellow student peers.
SWAT hopes to encourage UW-Eau Claire students to leave behind a legacy of healthy campus culture by showing their support for a tobacco-free campus. Eighteen Wisconsin universities are already operating as tobacco-free institutions.
Photo caption: UW-Eau Claire students and SWAT team members, from left: Summer Underwood, Allison Arvey, Maya Anderson and Allie Hable.