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YAMS & the "Get Some" Show

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Spring Township, PA – If you don’t click on the wrong channel or incorrectly type a Web site into your computer when you are trying to find a show produced by Penn State Berks WPSB-TV, you could “Get Some.”

Get what?

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Kate L. Donehower, a sophomore from Lansdale, Montgomery County, during a taping of the “Get Some” TV program at Penn State Berks.
A show with health information.

Is the show about what you suspect it’s about?

Yep.

How’s it spelled.

S-E-X.

What’s it mean?

Enlightenment and sexual health.

Three cheers for that.

In its second year, “Get Some” is the collaborative brainchild of Alice R. Holland, a certified nurse practitioner and supervisor of the Health Services Department at Penn State Berks, Spring Township, and several journalism and broadcasting students.

Holland also teaches courses in health and human sexuality and is a human sexuality doctoral student.

“I wanted to find a creative way to get across information on a variety of health topics,” Holland said, adding that she hosts “Get Some,” a campus television show aimed at college-aged adults to encourage learning about human sexuality and health.

The show is filmed monthly before a live interactive student audience at the Perkins Student Center.

This year, “Get Some” has already tackled such topics as yoga for sexual health and using meditation to assist with moods and relationships. Another program was dedicated to giving students tips to have a safe spring break, especially in locations far from home or abroad.

For most shows, expert guests are interviewed or answer student questions, and creative techniques also are encouraged to make a program more fun or interactive.

For example, in the program emphasizing safety on spring breaks, a multicolored beach ball was tossed around the audience.

When students caught it, their fingers touched certain colored sections of the ball, each section overlayed with written topics that could be addressed.

Among the health-oriented topics were avoiding alcohol or drug abuse, indulging in safe sex, being wary of pickpockets, securing personal property from theft, keeping the body hydrated, using sunscreen and being knowledgeable and respectful of one’s surroundings.

In addition, students were made aware of the advantages of establishing a buddy system, not undertaking an activity that could easily lead to injury and being aware of native foods and water that may cause digestive upset.

“Young people are inclined to have fun, but we stressed using common sense in that program,” Holland said. “If something doesn’t look or feel safe, students should avoid it.”

Part of spring-break program was to encourage students to take “The Safe Spring Challenge” with a “Not Tonight” theme. It offered students prizes and credit for attending a workshop if they gave up alcohol or tobacco and asked them to submit their stories and photos to Holland.

“It (‘Get Some’) is a cool show that engages students and gives them a comfortable format to tackle some sensitive topics,” said Nate Lee, 20, Palymra, Lebanon County, current WPSB-TV (Channel 5) club president, studying broadcast journalism.

“Students also are having fun while learning,” said Iman McDonnaugh, 18, Freeport, N.Y., a freshman studying communications who also served as a co-host of the spring-break program.

Holland said Dale Lefever, past president of WPSB-TV and a Penn State Berks 2009 graduate with a degree in information science and technology, was instrumental in getting the program started.

Jeff Fazio, assistant director of student affairs at Penn State Schuylkill, who formerly worked at the Berks campus, also assisted with the show’s logo design, Holland said.

“Each embraced my concept of pairing my health background with expertise in broadcasting,” she said.

Megan O’Malley, Sinking Spring, a part-time faculty member teaching a yoga class on campus, was joined by Jesi Yost, Shillington, a yoga instructor, for another “Get Some” program.

They demonstrated yoga positions designed to increase student awareness of their bodies, improve flexibility and spark human connections with others.

“Yoga is not just about stretching and breathing exercises,” O’Malley said. “It is a physical, emotional and spiritual practice that provides guidelines for behavior.

“It’s about making a connection, but it also helps in opening yourself up when it comes to building a relationship and sharing intimacy with your partner.”

She made students aware of a variety of poses, some of them outlined in an article on partner yoga that teaches couples how to deepen trust and enhance intimacy.

O’Malley debunked any student belief that yoga is only for women, noting the greatest yoga masters in Hindu culture are men. She said women were once even forbidden to practice it.

O’Malley responded to a blunt and somewhat sexist query: “Do you think men prefer their girlfriends to be familiar with yoga when it comes to bedroom activities?”

“I think women prefer men who do yoga,” she said. “Yoga is not just a woman thing. This is a practice that has mutual benefits for both sexes.”

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