Fitness and Wellness Programs

From trainers to group fitness classes for our whole community, we are here to make sure your education doesn't end in the classroom.

Student Wellness Challenge

The Student Wellness Challenge is an undergraduate individualized program that encompasses all aspects of wellness that runs for the duration of each semester.

Participants work to accumulate points based on their involvement in health and wellness-related activities. Activities can include physical activity, sleep, outdoor recreation, lectures, services, and more. Points are tracked online.

Every participant is awarded a prize at the end of the challenge and can qualify to be in the running for grand prizes. Find our Student Leader Board in the Campus Center Fitness Center.


Group Exercise Classes

We offer a variety of free group exercise classes for students, faculty, professional staff, and gym members.

Classes may include yoga, dance, Pilates, boot camp, and more. All classes are held in the Campus Center.

For more information email Shannon Garland, coordinator of Fitness and Wellness at

LEARN MOre about group classes

Peer Health Educators

Peer Health Educators (PHEs) are a diverse group of volunteer UNE students trained to educate their peers about relevant wellness issues in an interactive, fun, and nonjudgmental format. A comprehensive training program provided by the Bacchus Network prepares the PHEs to facilitate creative outreach programs, develop monthly awareness events, and encourage overall wellness, all of which help to foster a healthy campus culture. Some areas targeted by PHEs include substance abuse, nutrition, and sleep habits, fitness, stress balance, and healthy relationships and sex.

Candidates must submit an application and participate in an interview. Once selected, Peer Health Educators will undergo a training period (5-10 hours), and commit to at least two semesters at 3 hours per week. Peer Health Educators may also be available for bookings at the request of various departments.

Job Description


The director of Health and Wellness Education and the Student Peer Health Education coordinator


Peer Health Educators are students who provide outreach health education to UNE students. As a team, candidates will develop, present, and evaluate health education programming and events for the University of New England student body.

Programs will be targeted to residence hall staff and students, student groups, and the general student community.

Peer Health Educators may be available for bookings at the request of various departments.

Peer Health Education is a component of the UNE Student Wellness Program, which is within the Department of Health and Wellness Education, under the Division of Student Affairs.

  • Strong interest in preventive health
  • Desire to have fun and “make a difference” on campus
  • Ability to think outside the box
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to handle a variety of tasks, with good time management skills
  • Ability to work some evenings and weekends
Duties and Responsibilities
  • Complete required training and periodic training updates
  • Commit to at least 2 (two) semesters as a Peer Health Educator
  • Plan and develop health education programs and events incorporating various learning
  • techniques and formats (lectures, group discussions, role playing, skits, etc.)
  • Participate in the development and design of passive health education programming
  • (newsletter, bulletin boards, brochures, web page, etc.)
  • Attend weekly staff meetings
  • Develop and distribute program assessment tools and evaluate assessment data
  • Network with faculty and other campus professionals in creating opportunities for student
  • health education programming and preventive health messages
  • Assist in development and promotion of health awareness days/weeks (Breast Cancer
  • awareness, Great American Smokeout, World Aids day, Alcohol Awareness Week, etc.)
  • Perform other duties as assigned 
  • Gain valuable personal and professional experience, including references
  • Improve organizational and time management skills, leadership potential, and public
  • speaking abilities
  • Become part of a fun and challenging team experience!
  • Meet lots of new people
  • Have a chance to make a difference is someone’s life

Download the Peer Health Educator Application (PDF)

For more information on becoming a Peer Health Educator, email Eryn Neptune at

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