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Health educator Steve Lux wins award

March 22, 2012
Steve Lux

Steve Lux

Steve Lux, senior health educator in Health Enhancement, has been awarded the ACHA Lifetime Achievement Award for 2012 from the American College Health Association.

The award recognizes individuals who have provided outstanding service to ACHA, and whose professional lives have been dedicated to improving the health of college students.

Lux will receive the award Wednesday, May 30, during the Awards and Fellows Celebration Dinner at the organization’s annual meeting in Chicago.

“Through his longstanding commitment to college health, Mr. Lux sets a wonderful example for all college health professionals,” ACHA leaders wrote in a letter to NIU President John Peters. “The letters of nomination submitted by his colleagues made it clear that Mr. Lux has contributed greatly to the advancement of ACHA and the health of our campus communities.”

A pioneer in the college health field, Lux came to NIU in 1982.

In the years since he helped to establish Health Enhancement, his leadership in creating and implementing innovative, collaborative programs and services has placed him on the cutting edge.

His 1992 sabbatical culminated in an Internet-based health promotion listserv discussion group, facilitating communication among 1,500 health educators nationwide.

He oversaw the development of one of the most extensive condom availability programs on a college campus. His work to promote safer sex and reduce sexual health risks has helped reduce the numbers of sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancies at NIU.

The ACHA fellow also was on the team responsible for a social marketing campaign to reduce alcohol-related harm to students.

Established in 1920, the ACHA has been the principal advocate and leadership organization for college and university health. The association provides advocacy, education, communications, products and services. It also promotes research and culturally competent practices to enhance its members’ ability to advance the health of all students and campus communities.