Health Education within the University of West Georgia’s Health Services, takes a proactive approach for providing quality personal health and wellness education. Innovative and relative programs that include class and group presentations, guest speakers, interactive activities, and social norming marketing campaigns provide a comprehensive, evidence based approach. Health Education annually evaluates and reviews the unique demands of the ever changing student body.

For more information and to view our programs offered, select Program Opportunities on the navigation menu above. 

Lead Health Educator: Ronald King, Ed.S

Ron King is originally from Lumberton Mississippi, now residing in Powder Springs Georgia. He started at the University of West Georgia as a Health Educator and now serves as Health Services Lead Health Educator. Ron is a graduate of Mississippi Valley State University, where he was a four year starter for the baseball team. Upon leaving MVSU he played professional minor league baseball in Kansas City Missouri. Ron later obtained his masters degree in Health Education from Alabama State University and his Ed.S degree in Education Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. Rons intent is clearly sustaining the well-being of the West Georgia Community."

Health Educator: Mary Beth Thompson, MPH

Mary Beth is originally from Barrow County, GA. She comes to West Georgia after earning her BA in Interdisciplinary Studies, with concentrations in Psychology, Sociology and Gender Studies from Valdosta State University. She went on to earn her Master in Public Health from Florida State University and spent a year working for Planned Parenthood as a community health educator. In her spare time, Mary Beth reads, knits and tries to live a healthy lifestyle. She is passionate about educating and empowering faculty, staff and students at West Georgia to make the healthiest choices for themselves.

Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist: Jessica Aldridge, MS, RDN, LD

Jessica is the Registered Dietitian for the University of West Georgia Health Services providing nutrition education and counseling to students, faculty and staff. Her background includes a Master of Science degree from the University of Central Arkansas in Nutrition and Dietetics and a Bachelor of Science degree from Harding University in Dietetics. She aspires to complete her doctorate in the future. Previously, Jessica worked as a clinical dietitian for five years before transitioning to the academic setting, where her focus was medical nutrition therapy and nutrition support. Her professional goals have always included education at the collegiate level. Her desire for this position is to be a mentor and leader to future nutrition and healthcare professionals and provide professional consultation to health-related programs such as employee wellness and Exercise is Medicine. Jessica is married to Josh, the defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator for the Wolves’ football team. Together they have a one year-old son, Braxton.