Got Balance? Why Not?
Total wellness is comprised of:
A perception and expectation of physical health
Getting regular physical check-ups
Avoiding the use of tobacco or illicit drugs
Meaning and purpose in life
Being open to different cultures and religions
Giving your time to volunteer or participate in community service activities
Spending time defining personal values and ethics and making decisions that complement them
Spending time alone in personal reflection
A perception of having support available from family, friends, or co-workers in times of need
Being comfortable with and liking yourself as a person
Interacting easily with people of different ages, backgrounds, races, lifestyles
Communicating your feelings
The ability to cope with and/or improve unpleasant mood states
Keeping a positive attitude
Being sensitive to your feelings and the feelings of others
Learning to cope with stress
The perception of being internally energized by an optimal amount of intellectually stimulating activity
Learning because you want to - not because you are told to. Doing the work assigned.
Learning through varied experiences - reading, writing, sharing and exploration
If you have a question on healthy eating on campus contact Dining Services, if you need to get a health check up contact Health Service, if you need someone to talk to contact Counseling Services, if you need some information on fitness contact Campus Recreation, and if you need Spiritual guidance contact the Center for Spirituality & Sustainability.
Why Should I Do This?
Going to college can be a major adjustment
Many individuals are unaware of all the aspects of health
One lacking area of health can cause all others to suffer
Overall health helps provide better life satisfaction
There is far more to wellness than simply diet and exercise. Mental health, social health, emotional health, and spiritual health are also vital to your overall wellness. This is so because when one area starts lacking other areas are also more likely to falter, conversely, when one area improves other areas are more likely to improve as well. So each one is tied together and improving one can help improve your life and overall Wellness.
For example, stressing about a test can cause you to stay up late studying, which in turn causes you to lose sleep. This lack of sleep can put you in a bad mood, provide less energy to exercise the next day, and limit the energy that might be used cooking a healthy meal. Conversely a good night's sleep can leave you well rested putting you in a better mood with energy to exercise and cook a healthy meal.
H1N1 and You
Read more about H1N1 at the CDC website.
Stand Up (more) & Eat (better)
Join the billion calorie burn at the Stand Up & Eat website.
Take a preventive measure this year by participating in Wipe Down Wednesdays! Wipe down your work station, desk, and any electronics used with an antibacterial wipe and stay healthy this year. Taking the extra step to keep items you use daily clean and free of germs might help you fight the flu this season. Make Wednesdays special by doing the extra step!
And as we enter the flu season... Don't forget to wash your hands!