Professional Development Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

Throughout the completion of course work in the School Health Education Program there are opportunities for students to participate in activities in the community and on campus that are related to health education and teaching. Many community agencies have events that student’s volunteer to set up, register participants, train community members, etc. Some area schools stage health fairs that allow our students to present “healthy living” topics for youth at different ages. Students also contribute through their participation in an ongoing national advocacy campaign supporting the health of the nation. These are sometimes course requirements, or options. In either case students have the opportunity to interact with professionals in the community who are trying to impact on the health of the La Crosse area population and beyond. These experiences are sometimes sponsored by local, state, and national professional organizations.

Professional Organizations

ETA SIGMA GAMMA is a health science honorary advised by the Health Education and Health Promotion Department to offer health education students opportunities to do teaching, research and service in the community. Involvement in this national organization gives the student many opportunities to become involved in health education activities locally, regionally and nationally. Here are some facts about Eta Sigma Gamma and a web link to provide more information.

  • Eta Sigma Gamma is a national professional health education honorary, designed specifically for professionals in health education anywhere in the United States as well as other nations.
  • The primary purpose of Eta Sigma Gamma, from its beginning in 1967, has been to further the professional competence and dedication of individual members of the health education profession. There has been a UWL Chapter since 1984???
  • Undergraduate and graduate students work together to design and implement projects that impact on the health of a variety of groups.
  • For more information go to the UW-L Chapter’s website:

WHPE Wisconsin Association for Health and Physical Education (formerly known as Wisconsin Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance/WAHPERD) is a Wisconsin-based professional affiliate of the American Alliance for Health and Physical Education. Student enrollment brings lesser membership and conference registration fees, offering a good opportunity to become involved professionally and begin to recognize the role that professional organizations can play in continued professional development. Membership brings three newsletters each year, advocacy for the professions at the state and national levels, and a yearly state conference hosting many professional presentations on current events and strategies for teaching as well as offering an opportunity to link with the many health and physical education professionals across the state. (

AAHPERD American Alliance for health, physical education, recreation and dance, the national alliance traditionally established to provide information and professional development for the health, physical education, recreation and dance professionals, is evolving into new structures with health education moving to alignment with the Society for Public Health Educators/SOPHE. This transition is expected to happen after the last joint 2013 convention in Charlotte, NC. Continue to follow this evolution and opportunities for professional growth for health educators. ( (

ASHA American School Health Association is a national professional organization supporting the health of youth across the United States by providing professional development and collaborations for school-affiliated health educators. Reduced student fees are available for their yearly conference and membership which also includes a journal and educational webinars. This professional organization prioritizes health and schools…providing a clear focus of professional development for health educators at all levels. (

ASCD originally the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, “develops programs, products, and services essential to the way educators learn, teach, and lead.” The association provides expert and innovative solutions in professional development, capacity building, and educational leadership. Student membership gives a reduced rate for access to eleven journals describing current and innovative practice, access to professional development and connections to all academic areas represented in the school setting. Educators at all levels, from teacher to administrator, can draw understanding of best practice through this publication and the other services afforded by this membership. (


Check us out! School Health Education is a great combination with physical education, elementary education, or any middle or high school teaching major. Contact the Health Education office (608-785-8162) to make an appointment to answer any questions that you have. Join us in our mission to promote youth health.


"You can't educate a child who isn't healthy......
and you can't keep a child healthy who isn't educated!"

Joycelyn Elders,
former U.S. Surgeon General