Utah State promotes healthy relationships


<strong>LOGAN –</strong> With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, and love in the air, USU Student Health Services is encouraging students to participate in Healthy Relationships and Sexual Responsibility Week. The main event, on February 13th, will be a day filled with entertaining activities promoting a wholesome and responsible style of dating.

“This time of year, most people reflect on the relationships they have or want to have,” said Ryan Barfuss, USU Student Health Services Prevention Specialist. “We want students to have the information they need to be safe, and help them discover and create those lifetime relationships that will last forever.”

The day of events will begin with The True Aggie Dating Game at 11:30 a.m. in the Taggart Student Center (TSC) International Lounge. The True Aggie Dating Game will include a participant who will ask questions directed toward three anonymous contestants, and then based solely upon the answers of the contestants the participant will choose one to be his or her date! The winners will receive a date night package that they can enjoy together. Come watch, and enjoy the entertainment of students playing the dating game. Then the Healthy Relationships Panel will begin at 12:30 p.m. also held in the TSC International Lounge. The panel is prepared to answer any relationship-related questions, and Valentine cookies will be provided. Booths will also be accessible throughout the day, providing ideas for creative dates, information about sexual health, and advice on how to maintain a healthy relationship.

The main aspects of a healthy relationship are respect, honesty, communication, and patience, according to Barfuss. He explains that relationships are an important part of a student’s life. Whether you are dealing with a roommate, boyfriend, girlfriend, or spouse, relationships cause stress. The effect of stress can be unhealthy to students, and have an impact on their studies and additional aspects of their lives. USU Student Health Services presents Healthy Relationships and Sexual Responsibility Week to help students during this challenging stage.

Healthy Relationships and Sexual Responsibility Week was created by The Bacchus and Gamma Peer Education Network, a university and community based network focusing on comprehensive health and safety initiatives. This event has taken place at Utah State University for 15 years.

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