Keep Spring Break Fun & Safe | Dean of Students

Keep Spring Break Fun & Safe

Originally posted in the Dean of Students February Personal Safety Education Newsletter. Click here to view original article.

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You’ve decided what you want to do for Spring Break, and you are READY.  Maybe you want to have fun, or maybe you just want to sleep.  Maybe you plan to travel, or stay home, or party all week, or make a difference in the world.  No matter what your plans – you definitely don’t want to wake up your first day back more stressed, exhausted or overwhelmed than when you left.  To make sure you get what you want out of Spring Break, here are some important safety considerations to keep in mind, whether at home, on the beach, in the big city, or abroad.

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101 Revolutionary Ways to Be Healthy | RevolutionaryAct.com

What do you consider part of living a healthy lifestyle? Is it eating nutritious food, or taking a 5 minute re-charge session each day? Maybe it’s task-management, or even flossing your teeth every night!

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Image courtesy from: 101 Revolutionary Ways to Be Healthy- http://www.revolutionaryact.com/101ways/

There is more than one way to be healthy- in fact, an awesome movement from RevolutionaryAct.com has 101 ways for YOU to stay healthy throughout all aspects of your life! Check it out here –> 101 Revolutionary Ways to Be Healthy | RevolutionaryAct.com and if it sparks your passion, join the revolution! There is also a ‘101 Revolutionary Ways to Be Healthy’ App! Get your daily health update right on your phone (available for free in the iTunes app store).

Drinking and Exercise: A Bumpy Ride for Your Immune System

by Ann Lokuta, School of Public Health

The following post was originally written for Mind the Science Gap (MTSG), a blog written by UM School of Public Health students who are taking a “Communicating Science through Social Media” course. Don’t forget to check them out when you are done reading this post!

99 bottles of beer on the wall, 99 bottles of beer – take one down, pass it around, and BOOM – the next day you’re coughing, sneezing, and coming down with an ugly case of something that’s not just a hangover.  What exactly happened inside your body between 6 P.M. the night before, and 6 P.M. the day after?  It turns out that those 99 beers weren’t only affecting your inhibitions – they were taking shots at your immune system, as well. Continue reading

Can’t fall asleep? Don’t freak.

By Michelle Wehbe, SHAC

Instead check out these five easy tips for falling asleep and staying asleep.

Let’s face it. Sleep issues can be the bane of a college student’s existence. We don’t sleep enough on most weekdays, and we can’t drag ourselves out of bed on the weekends. And sure, almost anyone will tell you that waking up can be really, really hard (especially on those cold, wintery Michigan mornings).  The solution often seems obvious: we should all just go to bed earlier, right? Well aside from the fact that there are almost never enough hours in a day, falling asleep in and of itself can be a major challenge. When insomnia strikes it’s easy to feel helpless. Forcing yourself to sleep might not be possible, but making a few simple changes can make it a whole lot easier to get the most out of your sleep time.

Photo Credit: matsuyuki, Creative Commons

Photo Credit: matsuyuki, Creative Commons

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Preserve Your Produce!

by Julie Wilson RD LDN, School of Public Health

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Image courtesy of Michelle Meiklejohn/FreeDigitalPhotos.net

If you are like me, your eyes are bigger than your stomach when shopping in the produce section. Every weekend you stock your fridge with fresh fruits and veggies that you plan to incorporate into your meals and snacks. However, your idealistic goal of eating “5-a-day” may lose momentum mid-week when you notice your produce is starting to wilt. You’ve spent valuable dollars on these nutrient packed foods so before you toss them, try one or more of these strategies to make the most of your fruits and veggies.

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Broken Hearts: More Than Just a Metaphor

by Katie Muir, School of Public Health

The following post was originally written for Mind the Science Gap (MTSG), a blog written by UM School of Public Health students who are taking a “Communicating Science through Social Media” course. Don’t forget to check them out when you are done reading this post!

If you have read MTSG this week then you certainly won’t forget that Valentine’s Day is tomorrow! But for some, the trappings of the holiday are no more than a reminder of a broken heart. It’s safe to say that nearly everyone has felt a broken heart in their life be it from lost love, a run away pet or perhaps the discontinuation of your favorite Starbucks drink. At the very least, we all know that when your feelings are hurt it can be just as bad as a real injury.

It’s easy to assume that heartache is actually all in our head. But is it? For many the pain is actually real and science agrees!

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Love YOU!

by Lindsay, School of Public Health

Whether you are single, in a relationship, or “it’s complicated” this Valentine’s Day, don’t forget to show yourself some love.

Image used under Creative Commons courtesy of Thomas Hawk/flickr.com

Image used under Creative Commons courtesy of Thomas Hawk/flickr.com

But what does it really mean to love yourself? Should we all go out and buy ourselves chocolates and teddy bears and maybe stand outside our windows with a boombox playing Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes?” The chocolates aren’t such a bad idea, but the truth is that self-love looks different for everyone. Here’s what self-love means to me…

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