Health and Exercise Science Organizations Provide Students Opportunities for Service

Students in Truman State University’s Health and Exercise Science (HES) major, have several options on campus when it comes to joining both a professional and service-based organization within their major. Among those options are: Phi Epsilon Kappa (PEK), national professional exercise science and health fraternity; Eta Sigma Gamma, national professional health education honorary; and the Student Public Health Association (SPHA), a student-run organization for health science students.

Each of these three organizations utilizes service to meet the specific career and educational needs of its members.

For Phi Epsilon Kappa, service takes on a new meaning this year, as the organization opens its doors to all HES students interested in participating in its many service events throughout the year. Among the events that PEK plans to support through community service efforts are street clean-ups, Red Cross blood drives, the Alpha Sigma Gamma Breast Cancer Awareness Week, the NEMO Triathlon, Iron Dogs weightlifting meets and the Truman Homecoming 5K run.

Phi Epsilon Kappa will be holding its recruitment/new member season during the spring 2007 semester. For this semester, all meetings, event and service opportunities are open to any HES student. Contact Megan Hasse, Phi Epsilon Kappa president, at for more information.

Eta Sigma Gamma, a national professional health education honorary, uses long-term education/legislative, media advocacy/intervention programs and communitywide and statewide initiatives to promote its purposes of teaching, research and service through the health education field.

Some of the year-round/on-going events that members of Eta Sigma Gamma participate in include: Health Educators for Court-Placement Students at Bruce Normile Juvenile Justice Center; MDHSS-Certified Smoking Cessation Instructors for Adults and Youth; Missouri State-Certified Long-Term Care Ombudsmen; and the Arthritis Foundation (AF) Exercise Program Instructors.

For more information about events that Eta Sigma Gamma participates in, or for information about how to join, contact Carol Cox at

The Student Public Health Association (SPHA), designed for health science students to come together to increase their presence in the public health field through service and educational activities both on and off campus, has seen its mission grow to encompass several community service projects throughout the year.

The Student Public Health Association (SPHA) is currently involved in the following service activities: mental health awareness, Adopt-a-Street project, stream clean-up, Health Science book exchange, Adair County Family YMCA Health and Fitness Day, Stress Free Fridays, smoking cessation and Sleep Awareness Week.

Contact Katy Parker at, for more information about upcoming SPHA service projects, or to find out information about how to join the SPHA.

Another option for health science majors to participate in community service events is through Truman’s unique service-learning program. Service-learning allows health science majors the opportunity to participate in community service projects that are directly related to their academic courses. Students enrolled in certain health science classes are eligible to participate in the service events.

Examples of service-learning in which health science major at Truman have engaged in include: teaching Self-Care sessions to Truman students and members of the community; stream clean-ups, street clean-ups, and assistance at the Truman Recycling Center; and an 11-County Rural Health Needs Assessment Survey for Northeast Missouri.
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