Students organize health events

March 23, 2015
5K race

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — Approximately 22 University of Wisconsin-Platteville students will provide six health and human performance events for students, faculty, staff and community members throughout March, April and May.

The students are enrolled in the Seminar in Health Promotion course, taught by Lisa Emendorfer, senior lecturer, curriculum and community engagement, in the department of health and human performance at UW-Platteville. The course is an upper level course in the health and human performance/health promotion major that is designed to be student driven, with community health and outreach as focal points.

“All of the events were selected by students in the course to meet the needs of both our majors and the campus and community,” said Emendorfer. “Each spring semester, we try to host at least one nutrition event and several events that address physical and social health. In order to be career ready, our majors need experience hosting health-related events – from organizing to implementing to post-event assessment. Anytime we can collaborate with the campus community and/or the greater Platteville community, we are doing all entities a service. Our students gain valuable experience from t-shirt design to the city approval process to campus/community relations.”

“Prior to this class and experience in event planning, I was unaware of the amount of work that goes on, both before events and behind the scenes,” said Kayla Mountain, a senior health and human performance major with a health promotion emphasis, from Mankato, Minn. “After this experience, I feel I will be able to successfully plan, market and implement events on my own.”
Upcoming events include:

“Nutrition for Sport Performance”

Fridays through May 8, Platteville High School, 10:54-11:20 a.m. (Pride Time)
The event is free and open to any high school student who is interested in improving her or his performance by using nutritional best practices. 

“Nutrition for All Ages”

Tuesdays through May 5, High Vibe Fitness, Platteville, 3:45-4:15 p.m.
The event is free and open to all community members who are interested in improving personal or family nutrition, with topics ranging from label reading to meal planning and all things in between. No registration is necessary.

“5K Run/Walk”

Saturday, April 11, Ralph E. Davis Pioneer Stadium, UW-Platteville, 9 a.m.
Sponsored by the department of health and human performance in partnership with the university’s Counseling Services, the event is designed to raise awareness about mental health and suicide. The run/walk will start and finish at the university’s Ralph E. Davis Pioneer Stadium. Proceeds will be split between the Health and Human Performance Club and Family Advocates, a nonprofit organization in Platteville that provides services for victims of sexual assault and family/partner abuse. For more information and to register for the event, go to:

“Health and Human Performance Beanbag Tournament”

Thursday, April 16, Williams Fieldhouse outdoor track, UW-Platteville, 5:30 p.m.
This event is open to all beanbag enthusiasts. Prizes for first place will be awarded. Register for the event at the health and human performance office in Williams Fieldhouse.

“Health and Human Performance Wiffleball Tournament”

Friday, April 17 through Saturday, April 18, Valley View Park, Platteville, 4 p.m.
Sponsored by the department of health and human performance in partnership with Platteville Parks and Recreation, this event is open to all UW-Platteville students, faculty and staff as well as community members. Tournament champions will be awarded event T-shirts. Registration is now available in the health and human performance office in Williams Fieldhouse or email for the registration form.

“Kan Jam Tournament”

Wednesday, April 29, Miner’s Field, Platteville, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Kan Jam is a Frisbee game that allows people of all ages and skill levels to become more active. The event is sponsored by the department of health and human performance seminar students and the Health and Human Performance Club and is open to all ages. Proceeds will go to the Health and Human Performance Club.

Emendorfer said that occasionally, students in the course have an opportunity to work with alumni who are still in the community. This semester, the students are working with Jessica Redfearn, the owner of and fitness instructor at High Vibe Fitness, with their nutrition seminar. Emendorfer said Redfearn is providing them with a venue to reach out to those who are interested in improving their nutrition or the nutrition of their family members and they hope to help her grow her business.

“Our campus collaborations are equally valuable, as we get to do some ‘real world’ collaborative work, such as spotlighting some areas of health education that can be tough to address and/or deal with at this age,” said Emendorfer. “It allows the students in the seminar class to meet people who are both experienced in teaching these health topics, such as Counseling Services, and those who have had to live these health topics. It also provides an opportunity for a community service element in that, oftentimes, we share event proceeds with our community partners or a charity of mutual choice. For example, this year, the 5K proceeds will be split with Family Advocates and the Wiffleball tournament with the Everybody Plays Foundation.”

As UW-Platteville pursues its vision of being recognized as the leading student-focused university for its success in achieving excellence, creating opportunities and empowering each individual, it is guided by four strategic planning priorities. The Seminar in Health Promotion events align with three of the priorities, including providing an outstanding education, fostering a community of achievement and respect and enriching the tri-state region. 

Written by: Laurie Hamer, College of Liberal Arts and Education, 608-342-6191,


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