Alcohol, & Other Drugs
SMART CHOICES schedule & registration
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For free individual or small group appointments regarding alcohol (click here)- (link back to individual
Critical Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol Poisoning
Mental confusion, stupor, coma, or person cannot be roused.
Slow breathing (fewer than eight breaths per minute).
Irregular breathing (10 seconds or more between breaths).
Hypothermia (low body temperature), bluish skin color, paleness.
What Should I Do If I Suspect Someone Has Alcohol Poisoning?
Know the danger signals.
Do not wait for all symptoms to be present.
Be aware that a person who has passed out may die.
If there is any suspicion of an alcohol overdose, call 911 for help. Don't try to guess the level of
What Can Happen to Someone With Alcohol Poisoning That Goes
Victim chokes on his or her own vomit.
Breathing slows, becomes irregular, or stops.
Heart beats irregularly or stops.
Hypothermia (low body temperature).
Hypoglycemia (too little blood sugar) leads to seizures.
Untreated severe dehydration from vomiting can cause seizures, permanent brain damage, or death.
Even if the victim lives, an alcohol overdose can lead to irreversible brain damage. Rapid binge drinking (which often
happens on a bet or a dare) is especially dangerous because the victim can ingest a fatal dose before becoming
Don't be afraid to seek medical help for a friend who has had too much to drink. Don't worry that your friend may
become angry or embarrassed-remember, you cared enough to help. Always be safe, not sorry.
Alcohol Data at FSU
According to the National College Health Assessment (NCHA) 2010 data at Florida State University . .
60.7% (61%) of FSU students had an eBAC at or below .06. (link to definition below)
62.2% (62%) reported drinking in moderation (0-4)
19.8 (20%) abstained from drinking the last time they partied/socialized
Use the following protective behaviors to reduce alcohol related harm:
Plan how you will get home before going out
Keep track of how many drinks you consume
Pace drinks to 1 or fewer per hour
Avoid drinking games
Alternate drinks with non-alcoholic drinks
Eat something before and/or during drinking
Know the signs of alcohol poisoning and call 911 when in doubt
Use a designated, sober driver
Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC)
BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) is the percent of alcohol present in the blood. An absolute level can be
obtained only by drawing a sample of blood. Estimates can be obtained by breathalyzers. Charts and
computer programs can also be used to estimate your BAC (eBAC). Use the table below to obtain your
eBAC. (Include copy of our BAC card)
Do I have a problem?
Rate yourself and your expectations, risk & consequences. Log on to www.mystudentbody.com. Use
“Seminole” as the password and check out your drinking profile and assessments.
How to help a friend
There could be a problem if:
You can’t remember the last time his/her weekend didn’t involve drinking.
You often find yourself having to get this friend home from parties or bars. Sometimes cleaning
up his/her vomit in your car.
Your friend calls you the next day to find out what he/she did and said the night before.
Drinking is interfering with grades, job, friendships, extra-curricular activities, etc.
Has blackouts and asks about what he or she did the night before or pretends to know and
laughs it off
Trust your feelings. Don’t wait until your friend ends up in the hospital or worse to bring it up.
What can you do about it?
Talk about your concerns. Most people with serious alcohol problems don’t like to admit it — even to
themselves. Your approach is important. Here are some guidelines to help:
Don't talk about it when either of you has been drinking. Know before your talk where help is available
— just in case he/she is ready to seek it.
Be objective. Don’t allow emotions to distract you from your goal and don’t let it become a negotiation.
Use "I" statements. "I’m afraid you will get kicked out of FSU" or "I would miss you if you were kicked
out of our sorority, fraternity or organization." Pointing the finger or using the word 'you' too much will
only back your friend into a corner.
Don't judge. If your friend opens up dialogue, don’t break in. Sometimes just talking can lead to a huge
Don’t expect your friend to give up all alcohol in one discussion. It’s difficult to predict a reaction. You
may not come to a conclusion in one discussion. You have already started the process though with just
If your friend is ready to get help offer to go along to appointments or meetings. Don’t change the
dynamics of your friendship — he or she needs some constants. Be supportive and listen when
Source: The University of Texas at Dallas (http://www.utdallas.edu/thatguy/friend/)
FSU’s Alcohol Policy (link to http://alcohol.fsu.edu/policy.html)
FSU’s parental notification policy (link)
FSU’s University Counseling Center - http://counseling.fsu.edu/aod.html
For FSU specific information regarding alcohol (link to http://alcohol.fsu.edu)
(pdf on G/health promotion/website allied health)
Florida Higher Education Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention http://www.fhe-asap.org/
College Drinking (www.collegedrinkingprevention.gov)
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcohol Prevention http://www.niaaa.nih.gov/
Alcohol & Public Health http://www.cdc.gov/alcohol/
Despite popular belief, hookah is not safer than smoking cigarettes.
Hookah smoke contains high levels of toxic compounds, including tar, carbon monoxide,
heavy metals and cancer-causing chemicals (carcinogens). In fact, hookah smokers are
exposed to more carbon monoxide and smoke than are cigarette smokers.
As with cigarette smoking, hookah smoking is linked to lung and oral cancers, heart
disease and other serious illnesses.
Hookah smoking delivers about the same amount of nicotine as cigarette smoking does,
possibly leading to tobacco dependence.
Hookah smoke poses dangers associated with secondhand smoke.
Hookah pipes used in hookah bars and cafes may not be cleaned properly, risking the
spread of infectious diseases, such as herpes and tuberculosis .
Hookah smoking by pregnant women can result in low birth weight babies.
For more information about hookah, or tobacco in general, click here (http://breatheeasy.fsu.edu)
Where to get help
Thagard Student Health Center Appointments 850.644.4567
Health Promotion 850.644-8871
University Counseling Center 850-644-2003
What is SMART CHOICES?
SMART CHOICES is an alcohol/drug harm-reduction program for FSU students provided to individuals
or in a small group format.
BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening for College Students) is the individually-delivered alcohol abuse
prevention program for college students, empirically supported by rigorous research.
CHOICES is the group-delivered intervention modeled after the Alcohol Skills Training Program (ASTP), a
program with evidence of effectiveness with college students.
A $75 fee is assessed for students who violate Florida State University substance abuse policies and are
required to take SMART CHOICES.
SMART CHOICES is FREE to all other FSU students.
What can I expect from an individual BASICS session?
Confidential and comprehensive risk reduction focused on individual patterns of alcohol and drug use,
consequences, and potential risks. Our nonjudgmental, personalized feedback is designed to assist
individual students in reducing risks related to their drinking and drug use patterns. Students will gain
personal skills and access to free information and resource materials on a wide variety of topics relating
to alcohol and other drugs.
What can I expect from a group CHOICES session?
A small group session focused on reducing risks associated with alcohol consumption. This interactive
session allows students to discuss FSU norms, what is one drink, serving size and alcohol percentage for
a variety of alcohol beverages, cautions about shot glasses, keg cups and other containers, and alcohol
and the body-basic physiology of the process of alcohol through the body. The second session includes a
review of individualized personal feedback profiles from an online alcohol and drug assessment and a
discussion of alcohol effects, the biphasic effect of alcohol, blood alcohol levels (BAL), gender
differences, changing effects of alcohol over time, tolerance, expectation and other factors that
influence drinking, student perceptions of other students' behaviors, moderation skills to minimize
unwanted and unintended outcomes of drinking, alcohol and other drug interactions, legal issues, and
Where to get help
University Counseling Center
Nutrition & Physical Activity
When should I consider seeking nutrition services?
If you are interested in learning how to improve your nutrition in order to be healthier, prevent
disease, enhance body tone, lose/gain weight, or have any other nutrition related concerns
such as diabetes, irritable bowel, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, etc. then seeking the
assistance of a nutritionist can be helpful. Our nutritionists - technically referred to as
Registered Dietitians - have extensive education and training necessary to provide appropriate,
safe, scientific and evidence based nutrition education and intervention. The nutritionists are
licensed in the State of Florida and obtain continuing education hours required for the
maintenance of both state licensure and national registration.
A nutritionist can also assist you if you struggling with disordered eating, an eating disorder,
negative body image, or if you are confused about ‘what’ you can/should eat for healthy weight
management. The nutritionist works with an Eating Disorder Treatment team to best manage
your care (insert link to our ED treatment team brochure here).
What should I expect when I meet with a nutritionist?
At your initial appointment you will complete an intake form which asks questions about your
nutrition concerns, your current food intake and exercise patterns, and your medications. The
nutritionist will then discuss your weight, diet, and medical history as well as help you set
behavior change goals geared towards improving your nutrition and overall health. You will
meet with the nutritionist for follow up as needed for ongoing instruction, encouragement,
support, and accountability of behavior change goals.
The nutritionist will guide you in how to make improvements in your nutrition and physical
activity based on your individual lifestyle and food preferences. Our nutritionists embrace an
intuitive eating approach to nutrition which promotes balance, variety, and moderation in food
choices; nonjudgmental attitudes toward food; and the belief that when we learn to listen and
attend to our hunger and fullness as well as enjoy the food then weight maintenance, without
having to diet (ie restrict) is not problematic.
Nutrition & Exercise Data at FSU
Small group workshops are also available
Healthy Eating Tips on FSU’s campus
For more information about healthy eating, eating disorders or body image:
Sexual health Q & A
Do you have questions regarding sexual health you'd like to discuss?
Health Promotion provides an open-minded and positive approach intended to support and help with
your feelings and decisions about your sexuality. A health educator is available to assist you with a
variety of sexual issues, including:
HIV/AIDS and STDs/STI's (sexually transmitted infections)
contraception (including emergency contraception and condom use )
ways to make sex safer, more meaningful, and better
building intimacy in a relationship
becoming comfortable with your sexuality
how to talk to your partner about sex
ways to be intimate without having sex
Workshops for groups or appointments for individuals or couples are available. All appointments are
free and confidential. For more information, call 850-644-8871.
Safer sex supplies
FREE condoms are available at on the first, second and fourth floors of Thagard during our normal
operating hours to all students and staff. Additional locations on campus include the Hispanic & Latino
Student Union (HLSU), the Black Student Union (BSU), the Women’s Center and PRIDE. We offer Trojan,
Lifestyle and Durex brands, female condoms and non-latex options.
Request for safer sex supplies
FSU student organizations may request a bulk of 50 condoms for specific events and initiatives. Please
visit the Health Promotion office located on the 4th floor of Thagard for more information.
Health Promotion provides free, confidential Oraquick testing through certified HIV counselors from the
Florida Department of Health. Call Health Promotion at 644-8871 to schedule an appointment.
Confidential rapid HIV testing is available for a nominal fee through the medical clinics of Thagard. Call
644-4567 to schedule an appointment.
For more information about sexual health and talking with your partner:
http://www.mystudentbody.com (password – “Seminole”)
NCHA data (From executive summary)
Focus Group data
Programs & Services
FSU 10,000 Steps Walking Program
The 10,000 STEPS program at FSU encourages students to participate in adequate physical
activity on a regular basis. The program involves wearing a pedometer to measure the number
of steps taken on a daily basis. FREE pedometers are provided to FSU students as an incentive to
increase their total steps. Health Promotion follows up with 10,000 STEPS participants via e-
mailed surveys to collect data on their physical activity.
Health & Wellness Presentations
(Link to on-line presentation request)
"Eating Healthy is a Piece of Cake!"
“Watch out for the Freshman 15” I’m sure we’ve all heard this phrase before. Is it inevitable that when
you go off to college you have to gain 15 pounds? With the right tools and knowledge you can learn how
to make healthy lifestyle choices to keep the dreaded 15 away.
"Good Grub Made Easy" Cooking Classes (Class is limited to 12)
Learn to impress your family and friends by cooking delicious dinners. You too can cook and we’ll show
you how. In this hands on class you can learn to make quick healthy meals in your residence hall or
apartment. Some of the meals include homemade pizza, chicken burritos and chili.
"Food For Thought"
Making good food choices can be tricky especially with the budget and time restraints students face.
We’ll discuss the simple yet successful “intuitive eating” approach along with suggestions on eating out,
grocery shopping, and cooking to help maintain healthy eating habits.
“Brain Food” Supermarket Tour
Do you ever find yourself searching through the aisles at the grocery store wondering what’s good for
you, what’s easy, what’s quick, and most importantly what’s CHEAP? You don’t have to be a nutrition
expert to know what to buy at the grocery store. Come and find out about your local supermarket
(Publix of Ocala Corners), what aisles are a must, how to avoid tricky sales advertising gimmicks and
misleading food packaging, and quick, easy, roundabout, nutritious meals to get you through your hectic
Gain knowledge of the dangers and warning signs of eating disorders. Learn how can we prevent
negative body image in a thin-obsessed society. Discover the importance of proper nutrition and
nourishment, and places to get help or refer someone with a potential eating disorder.
Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI’s)
Learn about common sexually transmitted infections (STI’s). Prevention, symptoms and treatment of
these STI’s will be discussed.
Let’s Talk About Sex
This presentation promotes effective communication skills to increase comfort when talking about sex in
an open and friendly environment. Interactive activities, condom demonstrations, and discussions to
explore the 'spectrum of risk' and the activities that constitute safer sex are also included. Practice
communicating about sex and become better at it.
Is there something about sex that you have always wanted to know but were afraid to ask? Participants
in this workshop anonymously write down their questions that are then placed in a “sex bowl.” Reliable,
responsible answers are provided for each question.
Individual Appointments and Consultations
Interested in learning more about campus health issues to guide your own personal choices or to
inform an academic project? FSU students can meet privately with health promotion staff free of
charge. Topics include sexual health, alcohol, tobacco and other drug issues. To schedule an
appointment, please call (850) 644-8871.
http://www.mystudentbody.com (password – “Seminole”)
For Faculty and Staff
The Health Promotion Curriculum Infusion Project is designed to promote educational opportunities
that help students to adopt healthy lifestyles. Health education content (eg. alcohol, drug, tobacco,
nutrition, sexual health) can be infused into any academic course at the request of faculty. Interested
faculty members should contact Dr. Kevin Frentz in Health Promotion at 644-8871 or
Don’t cancel your class
FSU faculty can call the Health Promotion department to facilitate an interactive program for your class
in your absence or to augment a health topic. These sessions are designed to enhance the personal and
academic growth of our students, and can often link to course material. The following health topics can
be discussed in your class:
-Alcohol and Other Drugs
The Health Promotion Department at Thagard Student Health Center provides FSU students with
opportunities to gain valuable professional experience and build leadership skills. These hands-on
opportunities and practical experience is designed to strengthen your understanding of Health
For information concerning volunteer, internship or assistantship positions please contact the Health
Promotion Office at 850.644.8871.
Peer Health Education
(Link to on-line peer educator application)
Students with a special interest in health and wellness may join the Health Promotion team as a "peer
health educator (PHE)." PHE’s receive training and experience in facilitating health education programs,
motivating behavior change, and developing wellness or risk reduction initiatives. The peer education
program is an extension of Health Promotion with collective goals and objectives. Peer health educators
must be dependable, non-judgmental, motivated, and have the desire to help others while maintaining
sensitivity and confidentiality. We also expect peer educators to be good role models for healthy
Peer education areas of focus will include:
Nutrition & Fitness (SUNN)
Expectations of Peer Health Educators:
Advocate for health and wellness to all students on and off campus under the auspices of
Healthy Campus 2010/2020
Function as an extension of TSHC’s Health Promotion department, assisting with collective goals
Create & deliver sustainable outreach and prevention initiatives that allow for future students to
continue and improve current programs
Make healthy and safe lifestyle decisions concerning alcohol abuse, tobacco use, illegal drug
use, unhealthy sexual practices, eating and exercise habits and other high risk behaviors.
Encourage their friends to consider, talk honestly about and develop responsible habits and
attitudes toward high-risk health and safety issues.
Promote peer to peer strategies as effective tools in health and safety education and prevention
Healthy Campus 2020
Healthy Campus 2020 Mission To maximize campus wellness, we support academic and personal
Addressing environmental factors that reduce risk
Educating about healthy lifestyles
Promoting positive choices and behaviors and
Providing a coordinated continuum of care.
Healthy Campus Goals
Health Promotion Objectives & Initiatives 2010-11:
Alcohol & Other Drugs
Goal: Reduce high risk drinking and alcohol and drug related harm to FSU students.
Objective: Reduce the proportion of college students who engage in high risk drinking (5 or more
drinks) to 38% from 40.6%.
Identify knowledge, perceptions & behaviors of alcohol use through educational programs
Collaborate with the College of Medicine and the College of Social Work to develop and provide
a prevention & intervention program to help students identify legal & personal consequences of
Collaborate with a campus-wide “Healthy Campus 2010” committee to identify and implement
Collaborate with campus & community partners to provide campus-wide substance-free social
& recreational activities
Assist with population-based programs including an on-line alcohol education course for all first
Provide students with normative data regarding substance abuse of their peers
Goal: Decrease the prevalence of smoking among FSU students, faculty and staff
Objective 1: Increase the % of students that receive information on tobacco use prevention from 44.5%
(NCHA, 2010) to 50% in 2011.
Determine level of support for policy change through qualitative & quantitative methods
Increase awareness of Breathe Easy and Smoking Cessation Programs
Objective 2: Decrease the % of students that smoke cigarettes within the last 30 days from 17.3%
(NCHA, 2010) to 14.5% in 2009.
Continue to provide one on one smoking cessation to students, faculty & staff and include
evaluation component to identify efficacy
Increase student participation in the Smoking Cessation Program from 41 in 2007-2008 to 61 in
Increase the number of Smoking Cessation Facilitators from 2 to 3
Objective 3: Increase the number of departments and/or buildings that participate in the Breathe Easy
Program from 73 in 2010 to 100 in 2011 (50% improvement)
Recruit participants through education & awareness of program
Provide data on support of policy change to FSU community
Goal: Decrease STI and HIV infection among FSU at risk student populations
Objective 1: Increase condom use among at risk populations at FSU (as low at 25 % in some populations)
Develop a social marketing communication plan/campaign for dissemination of information on
initiatives/condom usage among at risk populations
Provide confidence building training (evidenced-based program) for at risk student populations
regarding the use of condoms
Provide pre and post HIV test counseling and education, encouraging condom use.
Objective 2: Increase HIV testing and counseling among at risk populations at FSU
Partner with student organizations (composed of target populations) on educational and
awareness programs & initiatives.
Goal: Through qualitative and quantitative efforts, identify specific health needs, concerns and
disparities of various FSU student populations
Conduct quarterly Minority Health Roundtable meetings to gather formative data on student
areas of concern.
Identify and address health information needs of minority students and organizations
Nutrition & Physical Activity
1. Objective - Increase the percentage of students who receive information from FSU on dietary
behaviors and nutrition from 50% (NCHA 2009) to 75% by 2020.
a. Promotion efforts, awareness events, and presentations.
2. Objective – Decrease the percentage of FSU students who are obese (BMI >30) from 10% (NCHA
2010) to 5% by 2020.
3. Objective – Increase the percentage of FSU students who eat 5 or more fruits and vegetables
per day from 4% to 10% by 2020.
4. Objective – Decrease the percentage of students who engage in harmful dieting practices such
as vomiting or use laxatives or diet pills to lose weight from 6% (NCHA 2009) to 1% by 2020.
a. Equip students with the knowledge, skills and tools to promote confidence in making
informed decisions about their nutrition, health and wellness utilizing intuitive eating
strategies for weight management.
5. Objective – Increase the percentage of students who receive information from FSU on physical
activity and fitness from 53% (NCHA 2010) to 75% by 2020.
6. Objective – Increase the percentage of students who participate in recommended levels of
exercise (moderate-intensity cardio or aerobic exercise for at least 30 minutes on 5 or more
days per week, or vigorous-intensity cardio or aerobic exercise for at least 20 minutes on 3 or
more days per week) from 48% (NCHA 2010) to 75% by 2020.
a. 10,000 Steps Pedometer Program
About Health Promotion
The Health Promotion Department at Thagard Student Health Center encourages students to make
healthy lifestyle decisions that facilitate academic success and leads to life- long health and wellness.
The Health Promotion Department provides quality, research-based wellness services and health
promotion programs available to all FSU students.
The Health Promotion staff follow the Standards of Practice for Health Promotion in Higher Education
(ACHA, 2005) including: integration with the learning mission of higher education, collaborative practice
with campus and community partnerships, cultural competency and inclusiveness, applying
professionally recognized and tested theoretical and evidence-based approaches and engaging in on-
going professional development and service to the field.
Meet the staff
Amy Magnuson, MS, RD, LD/N, Health Promotion Director
Amy Magnuson, MS, RD, LD/N has been a member of TSHC since 2003 and is also an adjunct faculty
member in the Department of Nutrition, Food and Exercise Sciences (NFES). Amy is currently involved in
research of evidence-based methods to reduce health risks and promote good health for college
students. She is a registered and licensed dietician and is currently a doctoral candidate in NFES. Amy
was in private practice and worked as the Sports Nutritionist for the FSU Athletics Department prior to
coming to TSHC. She is a member of the American College Health Association, American Dietetic
Association and Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutritionists (SCAN). Ms. Magnuson received her
bachelor's and master's degrees from Florida State University.
Kimberly Smith, Office Coordinator
Kimberly Smith has worked at Thagard Student Health Center since 2003, but joined the Health
Promotion office in December of 2005. She assists with data management, coordination of the peer
education program and she supports incoming students in navigating through the mystudentbody
website. With her many years of office management skills, she is very excited to work with the Health
Promotion Team at Thagard.
Heather Fisher, MS, RD, LD/N, Nutritionist
Heather Fisher is a licensed and Registered Dietitian and has been practicing dietetics for thirteen years.
She has experience providing nutrition education and counseling in the areas of eating disorders, weight
management, diabetes, hypertension, heart and kidney disease, and women, infant and child
nutrition. Ms. Fisher received her degrees from Florida State University and joined TSHC in 2004. She is
an advisor to a peer health education group, Students Understanding Nutrition Now (SUNN). She serves
as the coordinator of the eating disorder treatment team at TSHC. She is an active member of the state
and local affiliations of the American Dietetic Association. She has served as President Elect, President,
and Membership Chair of the Tallahassee Dietetic Association and is the incoming 2010-2012 Secretary
of the Florida Dietetic Association.
Kevin T. Frentz, PhD, Health Educator/ Health and Human Services Specialist
Kevin T. Frentz, PhD, who directs the FSU smoking cessation program, has been with TSHC since 1999.
His main focus is tobacco use prevention programs and the expansion of the Health Promotion
Department into the area of Curriculum Infusion through the utilization of multimedia technologies. He
also serves as the advisor for Breathe Easy Registered Student Organization, the chair for the Breathe
Easy Initiative Advisory Committee, a member of the Healthy Campus 2020 Committee, and is the
principal Investigator for the Breathe Easy Tobacco Use Prevention Grant. He received his doctoral
degree in higher education from Florida State University.
Leigh Baker, BS, Health Educator Graduate Assistant
Leigh Baker, received her bachelor's degree from Florida State University in 2008. She is now a third-
year doctoral student in the Combined Doctoral Program in Counseling Psychology and School
Psychology located in Florida State University’s College of Education. Leigh is currently involved in
research concerning the assessment of alcohol and drug use in college students. Previously, she worked
on research and completed psycho-educational evaluations at the Adult Learning Evaluation Center
(ALEC), an on-campus assessment center which specializes in the assessment of Learning Disabilities (LD)
and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). She is a student member of the American
Psychological Association (APA), National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), Florida Association
of School Psychologists (FASP), and Student Affiliates of School Psychology (SASP).
Megan Moore, BS, Health Educator Graduate Assistant
Megan Moore is a health educator in Thagard’s Health Promotion Department. In this position she
provides educational services to students regarding the health related risks of alcohol, marijuana, and
other drug use in both individual and class formats. Megan received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology
in 2007 from Belhaven College in Jackson, Mississippi. She is currently a fourth year doctoral student in
the Combined Program in Counseling Psychology and School Psychology at Florida State University.
Stephanie Robertson, M.E.d, Health Educator Graduate Assistant
Stephanie Robertson, M.Ed. has been a member of TSHC since 2010. She is a doctoral student in the
combined School and Counseling Psychology Ph.D. program at FSU. Stephanie is currently involved in
researching gifted student performance. She was a school counselor in North Carolina prior to enrolling
as a full-time student at FSU. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, National
Association of School Psychologists, and the Association for Family and Conciliation Courts.
Mrs. Robertson received her bachelor's degree from Berry College in Rome, Georgia, and her master's
degree from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina.
Ali earned a BS in Biological Science from FSU and is now a graduate student in the Masters of Public
Health program. She is working as the Outreach Coordinator for Breathe Easy, serves as the President of
the Public Health Student Association, and volunteers with CAMEO, the Caribbean American Medical
Educational Organization on medical mission trips to rural Jamaica.
Jason received a BS in Exercise Science and is currently working on his Masters of Public Health at FSU.
He is excited to be a part of the Thagard Health Center team and work for the Breathe Easy Program.
Mamta Ahir, MD
Mamta recieved her medical degree from Lady Hardinge Medical College in India. She worked as clinical
sub-investigator in various clinical trials and World Health Organization (WHO)-sponsored projects. She
was the general secretary of “Pahel” a non-profit organization that promotes health awareness and
organizes free health services in impoverished areas. She is currently enrolled in the Masters of Public
Health program at FSU and assisting with the Breathe Easy Policy initiatives in Health Promotion.
Darwen Hinton, Breathe Easy Team Coordinator
Darwen earned a BS in Community Health Education from Florida State University. He previously held
the position of Tobacco Prevention Specialist at the Leon County Health Department, but has returned
to FSU for a graduate degree. He has been with the Breathe Easy program since Fall of 2009.
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Health Promotion welcomes all Florida State students and supports the FSU’s commitment to
diversity. If you have suggestions on how we can make our services more welcoming to lesbian, gay, bi-
sexual or transgendered (LGBT) students, please email Amy Magnuson, Director of Health
Promotion or call 850.644.8871.
(Can this be a direct link to my e-mail?)
Where we are on campus
(Events to be updated on a regular basis)