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health and safety awareness
Health and safety awareness

Girls' Night Out provides info on health, safety

By Kathleen Ceresoli
Health Educator, Student Health Services

(Oct. 6, 2006)--Female students, faculty and staff are invited to Girls' Night Out from 6 to 10 p.m., Monday, Oct. 9 in the University Center Laurel Room (2.01.28), 1604 Campus.

Girls' Night Out will feature free food, manicures, massages, facials and make-up tips, along with important information on personal safety and health. Sexual health and substance abuse information will be presented, along with live entertainment, music, a tote bag decorating competition and a fashion show.

While the evening will be entertaining, it also will raise awareness of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases. Participants also will learn more about alcohol and substance abuse.

UTSA and San Antonio community partners for this fun and informative evening include Mujeres Unidas, San Antonio Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Planned Parenthood, Student Health Services, Counseling Services, Costco, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Aveda Institute and Savannah Lewis (massage).

The event is sponsored by the UTSA student organization SHADES (Sexual Health Alcohol and Drug Education for Students).

For more information, contact Howaida Werfelli at (210) 458-4142.

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