by Kiera Przygoda
Safe Spring is back for the fifth year to educate the UT community about health and wellness issues while promoting a fun and safe time on spring break. This year, the focus is on sun safety, sexual health, consent, alcohol risk reduction, self-care, and being an active bystander. The Center for Health Education and Wellness will bring in partners such as Navitat Knoxville, RecSports, and VolBreaks for participants to speak and engage with during the event. This is a large-scale event that incorporates tabling partners, so be sure to stop by to learn about different opportunities offered during Spring Break and how to get involved in the Knoxville community.
Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to stop by the event on Wednesday, March 13 from 11am-3pm on Pedestrian Walkway at the Whirlwind!
Take away Tips:
- If you choose to drink, know a standard drink is 12 oz of beer (3-5% alcohol), 5 oz of wine (12-15% alcohol), and 1.5 oz of liquor (40% alcohol or 80 proof). Binge drinking is defined by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism as 4 drinks or more for women and 5 drinks or more for men in two hours.
- Going outside? Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher, even on cloudy days. Reapply at least every two hours.
- Remember to look out for others and Speak UP if you see something potentially harmful or concerning.
- If you choose to be sexually active, remember to get consent! Consent is an active agreement to participate.
Kiera Przygoda is a junior at the University of Tennessee majoring in communication studies. She is the undergraduate public relations intern for the Office of Communication and Marketing. She has a passion for writing and media and a love for Disney. Kiera is also a student assistant at SEC Network and VFL Films.