The McKinley Peer Education Program is designed to support student health and wellness through peer education; Students helping students be in control of their health. As a part of McKinley’s Health Education Unit, peer educators are committed to the vision of being leaders in health and wellness on campus.


  • Gain volunteer experience
  • Improve personal wellness
  • Contribute to a culture of wellness on campus
  • Learn about important health and wellness issues for college students
  • Gain professional connections 
  • Develop public speaking and program planning skills
  • Enhance your resume or graduate school application
  • Build community 


Students who are interested in becoming a McKinley Peer Educator can check out the individual peer education groups below, or contact McKinley Health Education for more information, 217-333-2700 or


Nutrition Peers

Seniors in FSHN, these peers provide workshops to campus groups that address general and sports nutrition. Nutrition Jeopardy is a popular program presented by the Nutrition Peers. These peers also help coordinate National Nutrition Month, celebrated in March. Nutrition Peer programs include Healthy Buffet Style Eating, Dieting Myths, Sports Nutrition Basics, Take a Nutritionist to Dinner or let us tailor a custom-made program just for your group. In addition, we have a number of fun games that make our programs interactive but educational like Nutrition Jeopardy, Boozo Buckets, Phytochemical Twister, and Fiber Black Jack. The Nutrition Peers can also provide bulletin boards and trifold displays for any setting upon request.

Sexual Health Peers

Sexual Health Peers (SHPs) are working to change the way we talk about sexual health on campus by providing inclusive, sex-positive, medically accurate sex education. SHPs facilitate workshops to discuss positive relationships, safer sex, and healthy sexuality. SHPs also help link other students to sexual health services and information. New members can join at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters. Send us an email at or request a workshop!

Stress Management Peers

Stress Management Peers are dedicated to providing education & awareness to U of I students on stress- related topics and concerns. They participate in campus-wide program planning and other organizational events while embracing the diversity of our campus. New members can join at the beginning of fall and spring semesters.

Fitness Peers

Fitness Peers are dedicated to providing infomoration on fitness, physical activity, and wellness to U of I students. Fitness Peers can design programs for your specific group or they can attend larger events that promote physical fitness. Fitness Peers can demonstrate proper exercise techniques with the use of a variety of fitness equipment.

Special Populations

Students who join Special Populations raise awareness on campus about multi-cultural health, including the health disparities that exist for certain populations. Special Populations promote social justice, healthy lifestyles and access to healthcare through education and outreach to underserved populations on campus, including international students.