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Campus members experience a continuum of healthy to unhealthy relationships with food, alcohol and other substances. Like sex and other feel-good things in life, food and psychoactive substances change the way people feel. And, they can affect the way people relate to each other.
On college campuses today, the intersection of food and substance use is an important part of the positive interactions and community-building that takes place. But this intersection is also associated with increased risks to health and social wellbeing.
This webinar intends to:
- Look at the complex behaviours of eating and substance use from a broad perspective that considers the many factors that influence student choices (e.g., academic pressures, food access, built environment, mental health), and
- Explore a comprehensive approach to address these influences and shape the campus culture.
Discussion will reflect on the following ideas to help guide a campus response:
- A better understanding of what a healthy relationship with food and substances looks like
- Making the healthy choice the easy choice
- Social support and social responsibility
Campus Services Panel
Ai-Lan Chia – Associate Director, Counselling Services, A Division of Student Affairs, University of Victoria (member of campus Collaborative Eating Disorder Clinic)
Brenda Slomka – Assistant Director Student Affairs, University of Northern British Columbia
Michael Waglay – Program Coordinator – Beyond Campus Food Banks, Meal Exchange
Sarah Hanson – Wellness Centre Manager, University of Northern British Columbia
Aveleigh Campbell-Wyman – 4th year Bachelor of Science in Nursing student, attending University of Victoria through Selkirk College
Matty Hillman – Master of Arts student and Teaching Assistant in the School of Child and Youth Care, University of Victoria
We look forward to a variety of campus and community members joining this discussion, including student leaders and those working in counselling, health services, residence and food services, and health promotion.
This webinar is taking place within National Addictions Awareness Week (NAAW). NAAW provides an opportunity to highlight issues and solutions to help address alcohol- and other drug-related harms.