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Utah State University Promotes Healthy Relationships

Thursday, Feb. 07, 2013

With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, and love in the air, USU Student Health Services is encouraging students to participate in Healthy Relationships and Sexual Responsibility Week.

The main event will be held Feb. 13 and will be a day filled with activities promoting a wholesome and responsible style of dating. 

“This time of year, most people reflect on the relationships they have or want to have,” said Ryan Barfuss, USU Student Health Services prevention specialist. “We want students to have the information they need to be safe, and help them discover and create those lifelong relationships.”

The day will begin with the True Aggie Dating Game at 11:30 a.m. in the Taggart Student Center (TSC) International Lounge. The True Aggie Dating Game will have a participant who will ask questions directed toward three anonymous contestants. Based solely on the contestants’ answers, the participant will choose one to be their date. The winners will receive a date night package they can enjoy together.

The Healthy Relationships Panel will follow the game at 12:30 p.m. The panel is prepared to answer any relationship-related questions, and Valentine cookies will be provided. Booths will also be accessible throughout the day, providing ideas for creative dates, information about sexual health and advice on how to maintain a healthy relationship.

The main aspects of a healthy relationship are respect, honesty, communication and patience, according to Barfuss. He explained relationships are an important part of a student’s life. Relationships cause stress and the effect of stress can be unhealthy to students and have an impact on their studies and additional aspects of their lives.

USU Student Health Services presents Healthy Relationships and Sexual Responsibility Week to help students during this challenging stage. 


Healthy Relationships and Sexual Responsibility Week was created by the Bacchus and Gamma Peer Education Network, a university and community based network focusing on comprehensive health and safety initiatives. The week has been a sponsored event at USU for 15 years.

Contact: Ryan Barfuss, Student Health Services Prevention specialist, (435) 797-1540,

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